[Vandal] Cotton Signed To Chargers Practice Squad

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>From the Daily NewsMoscow, IdahoTuesday, September 8, 2020
Cotton Signed To Chargers Practice Squad
By Colton Clark
Record-breaking former University of Idaho receiver Jeff Cotton was among 26 players to be cut by the Los Angeles Chargers when the NFL franchise trimmed its roster to 53 players Saturday. He was signed to the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad Sunday.
Cotton, who caught 137 passes for 1,797 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 games as a Vandal between 2018-19, was with L.A. on an undrafted free-agent deal.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder out of Tucson, Ariz., was picked up by the Chargers about an hour after this year’s NFL draft ended. Considered by many media members to be one of the Big Sky Conference and Idaho’s top NFL prospects in recent years, Cotton landed in Chargers camp despite the coronavirus pandemic prohibiting him in-person workouts with teams — and forcing Cotton to film his combine workouts at a makeshift pro day in Missoula, Mont.
Cotton solidified himself as one of the Football Championship Subdivision’s elite pass-catchers last season, drawing a third-team Associated Press All-America nod after leading the classification with 8.8 receptions per game and finishing second in the FCS with 114.1 yards per contest.
He broke Idaho’s single-game receptions record in his finale, registering 18 grabs for 230 yards and two scores in a win against Northern Arizona.
Although he missed two full games — and one half in two other contests — with injuries, Cotton still topped the Big Sky with 88 receptions.
Older Idaho products who made 53-man NFL rosters include: journeyman defensive end Benson Mayowa and first-round guard Mike Iupati (Seattle), versatile linebacker Kaden Elliss (New Orleans), Asotin-bred offensive tackle Jesse Davis (Miami) and hard-nosed fullback/special teams mainstay Elijhaa Penny (New York Giants).

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