Jets Kerley to return punts

By Marc A. Greenberg

The New York Jets have a punt returner.

5th round draft pick Jeremy Kerley, continuing to impress the coaches, has been named the teams returner this season.

“He’s the best one,” coach Rex Ryan said Friday, via comments distributed by the team.

“I’m not going to have Jim [Leonhard] do it, coming off the injury that he had,” Ryan said, referring to the broken leg Leonhard suffered in practice last season.  “He wants to, but we drafted this young man to be a returner.  He’s exactly what we thought we were getting.  [Coach Mike Westhoff] really likes him and if Westy thinks he’s our best, then that’s what we’ll do.  Jim Leonhard, I don’t think that’s good business right there.”

Kerley, projected to both return kicks and punts, is still in competition for the slot receiver position as well.