Definitely one of the finest late-round pick-ups of the New York Jets, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has proven to be well worth the fifth round selection the team had invested in him back in 2011 NFL Draft. The former Texas Christian University receiver has proven he’s a sure-handed slot receiver posting 29 receptions for 314 yards as a rookie.
During Kerley’s sophomore season, his role on the Jets’ offense expanded due to injuries plaguing starters. The 190 pound receiver hauled in 56 receptions for 827 yards and two touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. Despite Kerley’s impressive first two seasons, his role during the next two years would diminish and due to inconsistent quarterback play, his production slipped as well.
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Despite finding himself in a slump the last few seasons (which is not entirely his fault) the Jets recognize the talent Kerley has to offer and rewarded the receiver with a four-year $16 million dollar contract.
As the Jets enter the 2015 season, Kerley will have much more room to work with, along side Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this coming year. Jets Nation will keep hope alive that the 2012 version of Kerley will make his presence known once again under the newly revamped offense of the Jets thanks to new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Kerley has always shown promise and heart on and off the field. His new four-year contract the Jets granted him during the off-season in my mind was truly a smart decision. I think Kerley, despite the on-going quarterback carousel, will develop and excel tremendously in this new spread attack offense that will debut this upcoming season.
Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) reacts in the end zone behind New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Steelers 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Overall, an offense consisting of Marshall, Decker, Kerley, and Chris Owusu or even rookie Devin Smith is as intimidating as it gets to opposing defenses. Kerley should post similar stats this season he recorded early on in his career.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Kerley posted 600+ yards with 5 or more touchdowns in 2015. As he heads into training camp, keep an eye on how focused he is to truly breakout once the regular season arrives.