Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Coach Rex Ryan on the Return of Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes

It seems that we will have a chance tomorrow to get a better evaluation of Geno Smith than we have in a while, if you ask coach Ryan.

Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes are both listed as probable for tomorrow’s game against the Raiders, and both are expected to play. Listen to coach talk about how important Jeremy Kerley is:

I think Jeremy is a tremendous player and I think he is underrated as maybe in the public’s (view). But he’s a difference maker for us. He’s a guy that can get separation against man coverage. He’s got great hands. (He’s) precise with his route running. He’s elusive. Even like last year when he averaged like almost 15 yards a catch as a slot receiver. That doesn’t happen very often so it shows you he’s got that kind of ability and certainly he’s a difference maker for us.

He doesn’t think either of them will be limited, although he doesn’t foresee Santonio Holmes playing sixty snaps.

Coach Ryan is looking to this full cast of characters for an accurate assessment of Geno Smith:

I think so. And again, we don’t make excuses or anything else, but obviously having your top guys out there healthy, I think makes a huge difference. We had those conversations and to me it’s like, judge us moving forward. And look, you’re going to judge us anyways up until this point and you should and I understand it. But, let’s see how we close this thing out when our guys are healthy.

Rex went on to talk about how having Kerley around will help Geno get the ball out quicker. It makes sense, Kerley is able to get separation quickly from his place in the slot. Like Rex said, he’s quick and has great hands.

If ever we are going to see Geno start to turn it around, it will be this week. He finally will have some decent weapons at his disposal. It could finally be exciting to watch. If, of course, the team takes the handcuffs off and lets Geno play a little.

We shall see.

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