Jets WR Jeremy Kerley had a solid game in the first matchup vs the Phins this season, he'll look to do more this time around.

Jeremy Kerley, a New York Jet who might go a long way next season


It is no surprise that the Jets had a less than average receiving core, with most of our squad not even having a team before last season. The one consistent bright spot was the presence of Jeremy Kerley, who’s absence was felt whenever he was not on the field. While his stats have never been that exciting, 523 yards last season receiving, he consistently shows up runs clean routes, and drew coverage opening up others on the field. I used to think that Jeremy Kerley was no more than a very good #3 wide receiver, but after going back and looking at some of his film I have revised my opinion of him. I now feel that Kerley was limited in his production because there was a lack of talent around him, and he was forced to carry a large amount of the work load in the Jets passing game. He was the guy drawing coverage freeing up others like Jeff Cumberland and David Nelson.

Enter Eric Decker, arguably the biggest acquisition made by the Jets in the off season (as well as other offensive talent acquired). Decker is a skilled receiver, whom some debate whether he is a true #1 receiver or a glorified #2 who found success in an offense that featured Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas. The bottom line is that he will be the Jets #1 receiver and teams will have to game-plan against him. This will open up Kerley in new ways and give him the chance to have a breakout season. As crazy as it sounds I even believe he can reach the 1000 yard mark while helping the Jets find stability in their passing attack for the first time in a long time. Decker and Kerley could combine to form a very effective pass catching duo.

Kerley is coming into his own as a punt returner, he is showing a level of lateral agility and shiftiness. If given enough space Kerley is a threat to find a seam and take it all the way and he plays with a passion of the game that helps him play beyond his measurables. Combined with the presence of a higher tier receiver like Decker, Kerley has the opportunity to truly make a name for himself in this league, as well as to give Jets fans something fun to watch.


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  • Paul Newbold

    I agree Kerley and Decker can make a great combo, but neither is really a deep threat. They manage the short to mid level part of the field. The game plan against them, even with the addition of Amaro, is to flood their zone, cheating your safeties up toward the line of scrimmage, playing an extra corner. What the Jets need is for Hill or somebody to step up and become the deep threat that will make defenses pay when they try it! It’s yet to be seen if the Jets have that true #1 receiver that can go over the top drawing coverage and safety help away from these two guys. If not, it may get really crowded running routes. I’m hoping the extra time off has finally gotten Hill 100% healthy, and that he can finally put all that speed and size together! We need Hill to have a breakout year much more then we need Kerley to have one. Of course it’d be game changer if they both could post career numbers for the Jets!!

  • Dan in RI

    Kerley has been reliable and impressive. He is a great example of a possession receiver–and I mean that in the best possible way. Whenever the Jets needed a first down last year, there he was. The fact that the Jets were 8-4 in games he started says a lot about how important he is to this team. When he wasn’t there, Geno seemed absolutely lost. Having other offensive weapons around him should only make him that much more effective.