Carolina Panthers: Jeremy Shockey - What Might Have Been?

By Rodney Coe
Carolina Panthers Jeremy Shockey
Kim Klement-US Presswire

In 2002, the New York Giants drafted Jeremy Shockey with the 14th pick in the first round. Shockey chose to forego his senior season at the University of Miami (The U). That happens for various reasons, but was it a sign of things to come.

Shockey’s NFL days started well. He had 74 receptions for 894 yards. He helped his team reach a 10-6 record, and the Giants saw their talented tight-end live up to the potential they knew he had.

2003 brought a knee injury that caused Shockey to miss a third of the season. The numbers were down but hopes were high for next year. Head coach Jim Fassel knew losing Shockey was going to hurt the Giants. It did – the Giants fell to 4-12, and Fassel was fired.

Enter Tom Coughlin. The former Jacksonville Jaguars coach had led that team to two AFC Championships. Coughlin took 2003 off and was ready to get back to work and turn the Giants around. Shockey was going to be a big part of the plan. But, friction soon developed between the undisciplined tight-end and his strict and disciplined head coach.

The Shockey/Coughlin relationship lasted four years. Jeremy Shockey only had one real good year, 2005. In 2008, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. A change of scenery was going to be good for Shockey, and the Saints were marching in.

It never panned out for Shockey in New Orleans. He never had the big years like he did in the Big Apple.

Jeremy Shockey had a short stay with the Carolina Panthers, and who knows where he will end up next? Shockey could have been an elite tight-end. What might have been?

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