The New York Jets drafted Jeremy Kerley as a punt returner with the hopes that he would eventually be a solid slot receiver.
That time has apparently come early.
With the trade of Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans, Kerley received word in the form of a Mike Tannenbaum phone call that he had been promoted.
And the fifth-round pick from TCU is ready for the challenge.
“Camp was tough and I got through that and I feel like it helped me out.” Kerley said. “I’m definitely ready. Like I’ve always said, this is a game and it’s the game of football. It’s something we wake up and we love to play every day. So I just try to go out there and have that in the back of my mind. When things get tough, when things get hard, that’s the first thing I think about, just having fun, playing the game.”
Playing 18 snaps in last Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, Kerley caught 3 passes for 35 yards, including his first NFL TD. Now, he’ll be the starting slot receiver.
“It was hard to ignore,” said head coach Rex Ryan, on Kerley’s progress.