Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) catches a punt from the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Titans won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Despite the fact that the Jets are rebuilding this roster with new faces, it doesn’t have to mean that the 2013 season will go down the tubes. We have been talking the last several days five reasons the Jets can get back to the playoffs as soon as 2013. First, we talked about the offensive line, then we went over how Rex Ryan and his presence is another reason, finally, we talked about new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
This morning, we reveal the number two reason that the Jets can return to the playoffs in 2013:
It’s hard to believe that I am saying that a second year wide receiver picked in the fifth round is a major reason the Jets can get back to the playoffs, but that is exactly what I am saying.
The Jets offense was quite terrible in 2012. That isn’t a statement that anyone reading this blog is unfamiliar with. Most of us wondered if our high school alma maters might be able to out score the Jets last year. But, they did have one bright spot.
That bright spot, was Jeremy Kerley. For all of the faults that Mark Sanchez has, one thing he HAS done was bringing out the best of Jeremy Kerley. After Santonio Holmes went down with the foot injury, Jeremy Kerley came into his own, and performed like a top flight receiver on the outside as well as in the slot.
He became a trusted target of Mark Sanchez. He may have only posted 827 yards, but when you look at the Jets team passing yards total (2,891), you realize that Jeremy was responsible for over 28% of the overall figure. He had far and away the most targets of any receiver on the team(88), and he caught over 63% of the passes thrown his way. That percentage was far better than Santonio Holmes’ percentage (51%) prior to his injury.
We have talked about the importance of yards after the catch in the West Coast offense. Kerley was proficient in this area as well, with 5.4