WR Jeremy Kerley, Free agent
HT: 5-10, WT: 189, Born: 11-29-1988, College: TCU, Drafted: Round 5
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In a season when everyone in the passing offense was either hurt or just plain bad, Kerley ended up being the only consistent player for quarterback Geno Smith which, given the 43 catches and 523 yards is saying something awful about the state of last season's Jets offense. This year he will have help in the form of Eric Decker and several rookies which should actually make him more effective again. If he can stay healthy, Kerley could be bye/injury/emergency WR with some upside. He formed a good rapport with Geno Smith last season, but there are so many other weapons it's hard to imagine him getting enough looks to be more.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Jeremy Kerley and Geno Smith were not on the same page during the pre-season, but today’s performance indicated that they are beginning to develop some chemistry. Smith completed his first pass of the game to Kerley on an arrow route for 26 yards. Kerley was able to beat zone coverage and get behind the inside linebacker for the large gain. In the second quarter, Kerley ran a post route and made an impressive back shoulder grab for a 13 yard gain. However, Kerley was the recipient of a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit from Dashon Goldson. Under his own power, Kerley immediately went to the locker room and passed his concussion test. Kerley played in the second half, but did not secure a reception.
Week 3 - After suffering a concussion in Week 1, Kerley returned and saw a full complement of snaps. New York had a clear advantage on the outside, so Kerley did not have many opportunities to make plays. Both of Kerley’s receptions occurred on his team’s first drive. Kerley’s first reception came on a crossing route for an 18-yard gain. Geno Smith led Kerley to the sideline and Kerley displayed impressive poise and body control to stay in bounds and complete the play. Three plays later, Smith came back to Kerley on a key third down to extend the drive. Kerley ran a short crossing route and settled into an open spot in the zone for a seven yard gain. Mornhinweg favored his match-ups on the outside, so Holmes and Hill had more opportunities to make plays.
Week 4 - After missing last week with a concussion, Kerley returned and played nearly a full complement of snaps. Kerley ran his typical intermediate routes over the middle of the field. Early in the first quarter, Smith found Kerley on a deep crossing route for a 16-yard gain. Kerley showed impressive body control and concentration as he made a tough catch near the sideline. In the second quarter, Kerley ran a deep out for a 26-yard gain. Smith threw the pass into double coverage, but Kerley was tenacious and ripped the ball away from the corner. Kerley made his last two catches during the second half when the game was out of reach. Kerley took a helmet-to-helmet hit midway through the third quarter and missed a few snaps. However, he played the entire fourth quarter. Both Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill left the game with injuries, so Kerley may see more targets next week in Atlanta.
Week 5 - Week after week, Jeremy Kerley makes tough catches over the middle of the field. With Stephen Hill limited, Kerley was asked to line up more on the outside, but did most of his damage when he lined up in the slot. Early in the 2nd quarter, Smith completed a 3rd-and-9 pass to Kerley deep down the left sideline for a 21-yard gain. Kerley won inside position and rose up to make the catch. Midway through the 2nd quarter, after an Atlanta turnover, Smith found Kerley on an arrow route for a 16-yard touchdown. Atlanta’s corner whiffed on the tackle and Kerley dove towards the pylon to secure the score. During the game winning drive, Kerley caught a 13-yard slant route over the middle that eventually set-up the game winning score. Kerley continues to fly under the radar, but is a solid contributor and can make all of the tough catches over the middle of the field.
Week 6 - Kerley was unable to build on last week’s impressive performance. Kerley only had one meaningful catch, a 10-yard gain on a crossing route during the 2nd quarter. Kerley was targeted on several vertical throws, but was unable to complete catches. Pittsburgh had safety help over the top and broke up several passes. In addition, Smith was hurried on several throws and lobbed passes out of bounds that were intended for Kerley. Kerley’s second reception occurred on the last play of the game when Smith found Kerley over the middle for a 9-yard gain.
Week 7 - On a week-to-week basis, Jeremy Kerley’s has been an inconsistent producer which is a product of the game plan. This week, New England opted to stack the line of scrimmage and force Smith to beat them through the air, which opened the middle of the field. During his team’s opening drive, Smith completed three consecutive third down passes to Kerley, including a 12-yard touchdown on a drag route. Kerley outmuscled cornerback Kyle Arrington off the line of scrimmage and secured proper position to complete the scoring play. The rapport between Smith and Kerley has been improving and Kerley caught six of his eight passes on 3rd downs. The middle of the field was open and Kerley had no trouble beating each of New England’s corners when his team needed him to make a play. Due to numerous injuries, Kerley is the only receiver that can make tough catches over the middle of the field.
Week 8 - Jeremy Kerley has become the quintessential ‘boom or bust’ wide receiver option. Kerley failed to take advantage of a Leon Hall-less secondary and was targeted on just four plays. Kerley caught two chain moving 3rd down passes, which have become his staple. However, Kerley was targeted on Smith’s first interception where he extended a drag route too far to the sideline and Chris Crocker jumped the route and intercepted the pass. Kerley did not see another target for the rest of the game.
Week 9 - Jeremy Kerley left midway through the second quarter with an elbow injury. Kerley only had one short reception over the middle of the field for a one-yard gain.
Week 14 - After missing the last three games, Jeremy Kerley returned in a big way. Early in the first quarter, Kerley ran a deep post route and hauled in a 25-yard touchdown. Kerley won inside position and effortlessly hauled in the touchdown. Kerley is instrumental for Smith’s success on third downs. Even when he doesn’t catch a pass, defenses key in on Kerley and other players have opportunities to make plays. New York was 7-for-13 on third down which was a great sign after weeks of poor play. Kerley caught two of his four passes on key third downs that resulted in first downs. New York carried a 17-point lead into the third quarter and Kerley was a non-factor in the second half as New York grinded out the clock.
Week 15 - Overall, Jeremy Kerley was a non-factor as Geno Smith had a difficult time completing passes to his wide receivers. Kerley’s lone reception occurred late in the fourth quarter. Kerley ran a deep post and hauled in a 25-yard gain. Kerley was able to get over the top of safety, Mike Mitchell and complete the play. Kerley’s big play led to Jeff Cumberland 8-yard touchdown grab.
Week 16 - All week, Rex Ryan preached the importance of Jeremy Kerley in his offense. Make no mistake about it; New York’s offense opens up with Kerlery working the middle of the field. Kerley was targeted five times on third downs and converted those targets into four catches and 53 yards including a huge 3rd-and-13 conversion for a 17-yard gain late in the fourth quarter. Kerley’s work inside the numbers opened up the outside for David Nelson and Santonio Holmes. Throughout the season, Kerley has dealt with a majority of injuries and it’s blatantly obvious he adds a new dimension when he’s healthy.
Week 17 - Overall, Miami did a pretty good job of containing Jeremy Kerley. Kerley has been a big weapon on third downs, but Miami corners limited him to no third down catches. Miami’s corner routinely jammed Kerley off the line of scrimmage which led to minimal gains or dropped passes. During the second quarter, Kerley hauled in two passes for 24 yards. Kerley ran quick slant routes, won inside position and accelerated into the open field. Kerley received one carry in the backfield, but was unable to generate many yards after contact. During 2013, Kerley led the team with 38 catches and 483 receiving yards.