Originally a fourth round draft pick out of North Carolina State in 2004, Cotchery's early action was seen mostly on special teams. He finally got his opportunity last season, when a failed Justin McCareins physical afforded him the opportunity to start.
He hasn't looked back.
Contrary to the past few seasons, there is no doubt as to who the Jets two starting wide-receivers will be on opening day. However, an interesting scenario has arisen for the rights to the third slot.
In similar fashion to Cotchery's first training camp, where he impressed early on, another second-day draft pick has emerged. This time it's Chansi Stuckey.
Stuckey has had a terrific camp thus far, impressing both teammates and coaches with his athleticism and ability to adjust mid-air to haul in difficult catches.
"I think he's has done a great job so far," Cotchery said of Chansi Stuckey's training camp. "When you come in as a rookie and you make plays here and there you can't get comfortable. If he continues to work hard and builds on what he's doing every day, I think he's going to be a pretty good player."
Although, given the complexities of the offense and the steep learning curve demanded of a rookie, it's unlikely that Stuckey will beat out Justin McCareins for the starting job. However, Eric Mangini may steer him down the same road as Cotchery, gradually increasing his playing time while utilizing him a lot on special teams.