Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery is expected to become a big part of the Jets offense now that Wayne Chrebet has retired. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
JI: Where have you improved most since coming into the NFL?
COTCHERY: I think at being more creative at the line of scrimmage and beating press coverage. Iíve worked on that and have gotten better. Iíll continue to work on those two things in the off-season and get better.Ē
JI: Have there been any particular teammates that have helped your development during your career?
COTCHERY: Iíve been very fortunate to be around players who work hard and want to teach players. When I was at North Carolina State, Koren Robinson (now with the Seattle Seahawks) was there and he helped me a lot. Last year, Santana Moss helped a lot. This year, Justin McCareins, Wayne Chrebet and Laveranues Coles have helped and are always willing to give me input.
This past year the dialogue was more about defenses and ways to help coverage. I feel that I can learn from anybody. Myself and some of the other young receivers who were here this season, Harry Williams, Jr. and Dante Ridgeway, are always talking. Our dialogue is usually about releases and routes to run.Ē
JI: In your opinion, what needs to be done to this team to get back to winning?
COTCHERY: A big key for any team is to stay healthy. Thatís one of the reasons for our struggles this past year. Itís one of those things that happen and if we stay healthy we will be fine. Another thing is turnovers. We protected the ball last year and that kept us in a lot of games. We canít put the defense in bad situations. That especially killed us on the road this year. We have to just make plays overall and weíll be back next year.
JI: What are your plans for the off-season?
COTCHERY: Last year after the season ended, I just relaxed and let my body recuperate. This year Iím going to relax. I know how the off-season is going to be. Iíll probably take a vacation somewhere with my wife.
JI: Tell the fans what Jerricho Cotchery likes to do in his free time.
COTCHERY: My big thing is music. Iíve rapped since I was about 10 or 11 years old. Itís a hobby now. I just talk life in my rap. My family has a group called OTSon.