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WR Jeremy Kerley - San Francisco 49ers

5-10, 189Born: 11-29-1988College: TCUDrafted: Round 5

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs DAL 47 0 0 0 9 6 88 1 0 14.8
5 vs ARI 78 0 0 0 13 8 102 1 0 15.2
6 at BUF 57 0 0 0 7 2 12 0 0 1.2
7 vs TB 41 0 0 0 5 2 15 0 0 1.5

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs TB (5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

There's no way to spin Kerley's stat line into a positive, but the box score makes it look more negative than it actually was. The three incompletions thrown his way were 1) a bubble screen batted down at the line; 2) a sack-evading throwaway with him in the general vicinity; and 3) a garbage-time pass where Colin Kaepernick was hit as he threw. Both of Patton's receptions came on identical option routes against slot corner Jude Adjei-Barimah, one of which included him completely Adjei-Barimah out of his shoes when he broke his route inside instead of outside.

2016 Week 6 vs BUF (7 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

The schedule finally turned Kerley's carriage into a pumpkin this week. After feasting on some of the worst slot cornerbacks in the league, he faced one of the best in Nickell Robey-Coleman. Colin Kaepernick's struggles in the Buffalo wind did him no favors either. Kerley's forgettable stat line could have been redeemed on the first play of the fourth quarter. Kerley worked himself open at the goal line between the cornerback and safety in Cover-2, but Kaepernick (somehow) rifled a one-hopper to him despite having the wind at his back.

2016 Week 5 vs ARI (13 / 8 / 102 / 1 rec)

For the third time in five games, Kerley feasted on a slot cornerback that, to say the least, struggled in man-to-man coverage -- to the point of almost looking lost with respect to his responsibility on a given play. This time, however, it wasn't against a player seeing the first significant action of his career, like unheralded third-year player Lamarcus Joyner or sixth-round rookie Anthony Brown. No, it was All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, who had only this week successfully lobbied to get his old slot corner job back after spending the first month of the regular season in more of a true safety role. And it showed, especially on the 49ers second quarter drive wherein Kerley caught all four of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. Said touchdown was a quintessential example of Mathieu's confusion/rustiness. The play was designed to have Garrett Celek legally pick Mathieu, thereby getting Kerley wide open, which he ended up being. However, Mathieu wasn't so much a victim of a pick play as he picked himself, briefly following Celek (as a safety would) rather than sticking with his man-to-man coverage on Kerley (as a cornerback would). As you have to be the man to beat the man, none of this discounts Kerley's performance. It's simply to point out that, once again, he was (mostly) the beneficiary of a bad performance by the slot cornerback on a defense that relies heavily on success in man-to-man coverage.

2016 Week 4 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 88 / 1 rec)

Kerley's performance was mostly a byproduct of facing rookie cornerback Anthony Brown in the slot. He beat Brown one-on-one repeatedly, and Gabbert made accurate passes in his direction most of the time. On his touchdown, Kerley benefitted from Dallas badly blowing the coverage behind their zone blitz. Brown blitzed from the right slot, but neither a linebacker nor the single-high safety picked up Kerley's intermediate crossing route. His one display of individual skill on this play was cutting back at the 5-yard line to make that single-high safety, Barry Church, miss a possible touchdown-saving tackle.

2016 Week 3 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Kerley was the beneficiary of Blaine Gabbert's best pass of the day, which split the cornerback and safety down the left sideline for a 20-yard gain. On the catch, Kerley's jumping, twisting catch showed good body control in midair. Later in the first half, however, Gabbert's deficient ball placement on a shallow cross required Kerley to catch the ball behind him, thereby turning a sure first down (and possibly a big gain) into a short third-down completion and a punt.

2016 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Kerley was less active in San Francisco's passing attack because Carolina defended him differently than Los Angeles did in Week 1. Namely, they didn't play man-to-man with an overmatched slot corner the whole game, reception after reception be damned. No, the Panthers mixed it up and played more zone coverage, with Robert McClain, Luke Kuechly, and Shaq Thompson all getting in on the act. For example, Gabbert's first interception was on a pass intended for Kerley with McClain and Kuechly bracketing him in the middle of th field. Kerley's best play by far was against a similar defensive alignment earlier in the game, but this time Gabbert's ball placement was better, allowing Kerley to make a nice hands catch and spin away from McClain before being tackled 13 yards downfield by Kuechly.

2016 Week 1 vs LA (11 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)

Either Lamarcus Joyner had an awful game in coverage or Chip Kelly's plan for the passing game revolved around attacking Joyner because he's an awful cornerback. Running routes from the slot or the trail position of a receiver stack, both of which allow him a free release, Kerley was repeatedly wide open due to either beating Joyner in man-to-man or finding the no man's land just on the edge of Joyner's zone responsibility. The most wide open Kerley got was actually on an incompletion. On the second play of San Francisco's first touchdown drive, Kerley ran uncovered on a post from the slot because -- or so it appears -- Joyner didn't know whether he was supposed to play man or zone. Thinking zone, he handed off Kerley to another defender, but there was no other defender, as it was actually man on his half of the field and zone on the other. This was a sure touchdown, except Gabbert overthrew him by 10 yards. After adjusting for all this Joyner-driven success, perhaps the most important conclusion to be drawn from Kerley's performance is that Kelly (and Blaine Gabbert) had no problem starting and featuring a receiver that's been on the team for less than two weeks.


Latest News

49ers | Jeremy Kerley takes step back (Mon Oct 24, 01:02 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley posted just two catches for 15 yards in the Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was targeted just five times.

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49ers | Jeremy Kerley not on injury report (Fri Oct 21, 08:35 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

49ers | Jeremy Kerley practices in full (Wed Oct 19, 07:20 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

49ers | Jeremy Kerley not a big factor (Sun Oct 16, 05:05 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley caught two passes for 12 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6.

Our View: Quinton Patton played a much bigger role in the offense in this one. It might not be a lasting effect, but the switch from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick seemed to short circuit Kerley's budding value. Next week against Tampa should be a true test of whether Kerley is worth carrying in deep leagues.
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49ers | Jeremy Kerley's role will not change (Sat Oct 15, 01:29 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to remain the focal point of the passing game despite head coach Chip Kelly's recent decision to change quarterbacks, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

Our View: Kerley's role may not change, but we don't know if he's going to be a preferred target by new starting QB Colin Kaepernick. Fantasy owners should take a wait and see approach if you can. We consider Kerley a WR4 this week against the Bills.
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