WR Jeremy Kerley - Free Agent
|5-10, 189||Born: 11-29-1988||College: TCU||Drafted: Round 5, pick 153 (2011)|
2017 Week 2 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Kerley returned to Gang Green, but failed to make an impact. Operating as a slot receiver, Kerley made a few catches for short gains. Expect him to make a bigger impact once he becomes more familiar with the playbook.
2017 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
After a disappointing debut last week, Jeremy Kerley turned in a solid performance. Working as the team's slot receiver, Kerley found soft spot in Miami's zone for short gains. Kerley had play of 14 yards on a short catch-and-run.
2017 Week 4 vs JAX (5 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley has firmly reprised his slot receiver role in New York. Kerley worked underneath routes, finding soft spots to settle for short gains. Kerley had a long gain of 12 yards on a short crossing route.
2017 Week 5 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
For the first time this season, Kerley led the team in receiving yardage. Operating out of the slot, Kerley did not have any trouble getting open. In the fourth quarter, McCown hit Kerley on a deep sideline route for 18 yards on a key third down. Kerley displayed impressive poise and body control to secure the grab. One play later, McCown hit Kearse for the game-winning touchdown.
2017 Week 6 vs NE (3 / 2 / 61 / 1 rec)
In the second quarter, Jeremy Kerley scored his first touchdown on the season. Matched up against Malcolm Butler, Kerley ran a deep drag route and benefitted from some good fortune. Josh McCown scrambled to prolong the play and baited Butler into pre-maturely jumping the route. Once Butler bit, Kerley hauled in the target and ran untouched into the end zone to complete the 31-yard scoring play.
2017 Week 7 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley was fairly quiet, registering one big third down grab for 15 yards on a deep crossing route.
2017 Week 8 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley badly muffed a fourth-quarter punt return attempt deep in his own territory that led to three points for Atlanta.
2017 Week 9 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley injured his foot in the first quarter and did not return.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 9 vs NO (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Two of Kerley's incomplete targets were Colin Kaepernick's fault: He threw behind Kerley on a shallow crossing route, and his eyes fixated on Kerley on a slant route that resulted in an interception. Kerley's only reception worth mentioning involved him beating B.W. Webb's off-man coverage on a shallow crossing route for 17 yards and a first down on 3rd-and-6.
2016 Week 10 vs ARI (7 / 7 / 71 / 1 rec)
Arizona's pass defense played Cover-3 zone for most of the game. Therefore, it's no surprise that five of Kerley's catches were the result of finding the hole in said zone five times; and another -- his touchdown -- was the result of being wide open thanks to a blown zone coverage that left him wide open. Only once did Kerley beat man-to-man coverage; it was his longest gain of the game. In an infrequent situation lined up in man-to-man against Marcus Cooper, Kerley beat him inside on a deep post for a 45-yard gain.
2016 Week 11 vs NE (6 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
How does a receiver get 6 targets, but not record a catch? The recipe for Kerley on Sunday was a perfect storm of not being open and having inaccurate passes thrown his way when he did manage to get open. For instance, midway through the fourth quarter, Kerley was wide open on a quick slant, but Kaepernick threw the ball 5 yards ahead of him.
2016 Week 12 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Kerley ran routes from the slot against man-to-man coverage by Bobby McCain. All three of his targets against McCain were slant patterns. On the first, Kerley had a half-step on McCain, but the cornerback was able to recover with the ball in the air and deflect the pass out of Kerley's hands. The second resulted in a 6-yard reception. The third was Kerley's biggest opportunity to that point, having beaten McCain badly to the inside. It would have been a big gain if not for Colin Kaepernick getting hit as he threw, resulting in a wayward pass. By far, Kerley's highlight of the day came with 11 seconds left and San Francisco driving for a tying touchdown. He ran a corner route to get between McCain's underneath zone and Byron Maxwell's deep zone. Kaepernick's throw was high and toward the sideline (by design). Kerley was able to adjust in midair and somehow get both feet down for the catch. It was such an amazing display of body control that even the officials couldn't believe it, as they initially ruled the pass incomplete before reversing the call on replay.
2016 Week 13 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Kerley's lone reception came in garbage time. He got wide open by finding a massive hole in Chicago's intermediate zone. Blaine Gabbert delivered a low throw, but to his credit Kerley was able to catch the ball despite slipping while adjusting to the pass. His other target was his first, which didn't come until midway through the third quarter. Operating out of the right slot, Kerley ran a shallow crossing route against cornerback Bryce Callahan. He was unable to get any separation, which allowed Callahan to knock the ball away easily. What you just read was due to (presumably) the 49ers' powers-that-be choosing to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.
2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (8 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
It took until the last play of the first quarter, but Kerley's game started off with a bang. On his first target, with San Francisco up 14-0 and driving, Kerley used a shoulder fake towards the sideline to (badly) beat slot cornerback Buster Skrine inside on a slant route. Colin Kaepernick delivered the ball in stride 9 yards downfield, giving Kerley a head start on his 18-yard scamper after the catch. Two targets later, Kerley missed out on a potential touchdown because of either a poor throw or miscommuncation. This time, he beat cornerback Marcus Williams on an out route out of the slot. Kaepernick's ball placement around the 15-yard line was more towards the goal line than the side line. Kerley reached overhead with one hand, but was unable to haul it in. Given the separation he got on his route, Kerley would have walked into the end zone untouched if the connection had been made. Except for three targets in a row -- for 2 receptions and 9 yards -- during a two-minute drill at the end of the first half, that basically was Kerley's last opportunity to make a significant impact. One might say his game ended with a whimper.
2016 Week 15 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
Kerley's performance was just about what you would expect from a dreadful offense. On his first target, Kerley's subpar quarterback overthrew him on a crossing route. On four other occasions, crossing routes resulted in three minimal gains and one incompletion. Then, in the fourth quarter, San Francisco all of a sudden called for smoke routes out of the slot for Kerley's final two targets.
2016 Week 16 vs LA (9 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Through three quarters, Kerley had one catch for 12 yards on two targets. It wasn't until the Rams went into prevent mode up 21-7 midway through the fourth quarter that Kerley started contributing -- which is what you'd expect given that slot receivers do most of their damage against zone. His first target (and catch) in that time was on an intermediate corner route that got him wide open between the linebacker and safety. The second target fell incomplete because Colin Kaepernick threw the ball at least a yard behind him on a wide-open slant. The very next play, Kerley was wide open on a short out route, but this time Kaepernick's throw was true for a 13-yard gain. Kerley could have had another 13-yard gain later in that drive, this time for a touchdown, were it not for Kaepernick overthrowing him wide open in the end zone. Kerley was once again in the slot, once again ran unabated through the Rams' zone, once again found himself wide open between the linebacker and safety, and once again had to be thinking to himself after the play, "Kaep's trolling me, right? He's gotta be trolling me." Kerley's final three targets -- for two receptions and 16 yards -- were more of the same: What baseball aficionados would call "defensive indifference."
2016 Week 17 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)
Kerley benefitted from having to run only one of his routes against Richard Sherman's man-to-man coverage. Amazingly, one of his two highlights came on this one Sherman play. First, on 3rd-and-7 at the Seattle 30-yard line midway through the first quarter, Kerley lined up outside right, motioned towards the line, and then lost Sherman momentarily on his crossing route. Unfortunately, what with Sherman being Sherman, the cornerback was able to navigate through the (designed) traffic and tackle Kerley just short of a first despite the wide-open completion. Kerley's second highlight didn't come until the fourth quarter, with San Francisco down 25-16, in Seattle territory, and driving. Operating out of the right slot, he ran free on a post through the middle of the Seahawks' zone defense. Colin Kaepernick was able to deliver a catchable pass over the linebackers and under the safety, and Kerley was able to make a diving one-handed catch for 27 yards, setting up a 1st-and-goal situation.
2015 Week 3 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 33 / 1 rec)
Due to injuries, Jeremy Kerley's role significantly increased against Philadelphia. Due to game flow, Kerley was peppered with targets throughout the game, but had issues with drops. Late in the fourth quarter, Kerley hauled in a short touchdown pass on a seam route.
2015 Week 7 vs NE (4 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
Given the suspension to Quincy Enunwa, New York took Jeremy Kerley off ice and he responded with a big effort. Inserted as New York's slot receiver, Kerley beat up on rookie cornerback, Justin Coleman. Early in the second quarter, Kerley ran a quick slant route, easily won inside position against Coleman, and hauled in a dart from Fitzpatrick for a 5-yard touchdown. When given opportunities, Kerley made plays and likely earned himself more snaps in future weeks.
2015 Week 8 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley continues to make the most of his opportunities, operating as a difference maker in the slot. A lot of Kerley's production occurred during New York's comeback effort, but credit Kerley for finding creases in Oakland's zone coverage. Kerley's routes were sharp as he regularly ran free over the middle of the field.
2015 Week 9 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Unlike prior weeks, Jeremy Kerley did not have many opportunities to make plays. Primarily operating out of the slot and on special teams, Kerley ran short-to-intermediate routes and was only targeted on a few occasions. When targeted, Kerley's body control and technical route running ability was on full display.
2015 Week 10 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley made one catch on a short slant route, but otherwise, did not make an impact. Kerley returned punts on special teams.
2014 Week 1 vs OAK (5 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley started in the slot and caught all five of his targets for 40 yards. Kerley didn't flash, but offers Geno Smith a reliable target over the middle of the field, especially on third downs. Early in the first quarter, Smith hit Kerley on a deep drag for a 19-yard gain that prolonged the drive. Kerley's other receptions occurred on short drag routes for minimal gains.
2014 Week 2 vs GB (8 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
If not for a fourth quarter sideline gaffe, Kerley would have had a career day. Late in the fourth quarter, Smith threw a deep post route to Kerley for a 40-yard, game-tying touchdown, but the referees determined a timeout was called before the snap. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was yelling for a timeout, but NFL rules stipulate only the head coach can call timeouts. New York ultimately turned the ball over on downs, but the mysterious timeout call was a tough break for Smith and Kerley. Despite this tough break, Kerley was effective as both a receiver and runner. Early in the first quarter, Kerley ran the option with Smith, took the pitch, and sprinted for a 37-yard gain. This is the first time New York has run this play. Outside of this big gain, Kerley settled into his regular role as a slot receiver/security blanket that is mainly targeted on third down.
2014 Week 3 vs CHI (11 / 7 / 81 / 1 rec)
After Eric Decker left with a first quarter hamstring injury, Jeremy Kerley became Smith's top option. Kerley was targeted a team-high eleven times and routinely made tough catches over the middle of the field. Kerley scored New York's lone touchdown during the third quarter. On a 3rd-and-5 play from Chicago's 19-yard line, Kerley ran a post route, took a big hit from McCray, and hung on to secure the touchdown. While Kerley is not known as a great talent, he had no issues beating Chicago's depleted secondary. During the fourth quarter, Kerley, who is a slot receiver, was targeted on a fade route in the end zone, which speaks volumes about New York's other receivers. Decker's injury ultimately provided more opportunities for Kerley, but due to physical limitations, he was not an optimal red zone target.
2014 Week 4 vs DET (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
After last week's impressive performance against Chicago, Smith and Kerley were unable to build upon it. Decker's mere presence shifted Smith's attention away from Kerley, who wasn't targeted until late in the second quarter. Kerley's only reception occurred during the third quarter where Kerley ran a short out-route and secured a three-yard gain.
2014 Week 5 vs SD (6 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker missed the game with an injury, so Kerley was once again New York's top receiver. Kerley received six targets, but due to poorly thrown passes, only three of his targets were catchable. Kerley was able to secure two catches during New York's final drive when San Diego played deep zone coverage. Kerley caught back-to-back passes on shallow crossing routes for gains of 11 and 7,
2014 Week 6 vs DEN (7 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Despite receiving the second most targets among wide receivers, Kerley failed to make plays. Based on talent alone, Kerley had difficulty winning his individual match-ups against Talib. In addition, half of Kerley's targets were deemed uncatchable due to misfires by Geno Smith. Kerley, who was targeted on Smith's interception, ran the wrong route and Talib easily made the play.
2014 Week 7 vs NE (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley, who is New York's top slot receiver, has faded in recent weeks. Despite receiving five to seven targets per game, Kerley has only accounted for seven catches over his last four games. Kerley appeared on 51 of 87 offensive snaps, but had issues beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage. During the first quarter, Kerley caught a 9-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified due to a penalty.
2014 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
With Percy Harvin in fold, Kerley has been relegated to the third wide receiver option in New York's passing offense. Kerley continued to line up in the slot, but did not have many opportunities to make plays. Right before halftime, Kerley ran a quick crossing route and secured a nine-yard gain to put New York in field goal territory.
2014 Week 9 vs KC (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
With Percy Harvin and Eric Decker hogging the majority of targets, Kerley has become the odd man out in New York's passing attack. Despite receiving just four targets, Kerley had one crucial reception on third down. On a 3rd-and-7 play from Kansas City's 14-yard line, Kerley ran a drag route and turned up field, picking up a critical 7-yard gain for a first down. Three plays later, Decker would capitalize with a three-yard touchdown grab. Kerley also serves as New York's punt returner, but failed to generate any big plays.
2014 Week 12 vs BUF (5 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley was New York's leading receiver, amassing the majority of his production during garbage time. Kerley hauled in 48 of his receiving yards during the fourth quarter when Buffalo began playing deep zone coverage. Kerley took advantage of Buffalo's coverage by running underneath routes, namely shallow crossing routes for gains. Late in the fourth quarter, Kerley caught a shallow crossing route and turned up field for a 28 yard gain. Kerley also took a few snaps as New York's Wildcat quarterback and handed the ball off to Johnson for minimal gains.
2014 Week 13 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec, 2 / 38 / 0 rush)
The game plan called for a heavy rushing attack and New York's wide receivers were asked to perform as ball carriers instead of pass catchers. Kerley was featured as a runner on end-arounds and bootlegs. During the first quarter, Kerley took an end around off right tackle and accelerated into the open field for an 18-yard gain. During the second quarter, New York called Kerley's number again the same play call and Kerley generated a 20-yard gain.
2014 Week 14 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley had a relatively quiet game. Kerley's only big play occurred during the second quarter when Smith found Kerley on a deep crossing route for a 17-yard gain.
2014 Week 16 vs NE (6 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Running the majority of his routes against Logan Ryan, Jeremy Kerley saw a team-high six targets as Smith did not want challenge Darrelle Revis or Brandon Browner. Kerley ran the majority of his route out of the slot and did not have trouble beating Ryan with quick-twitch first cuts off of the line of scrimmage. Kerley made two of his three catches during the second quarter on shallow crossing routes. On both catches, Kerley used a first quick off the line of scrimmage to create separation. During the third quarter, Kerley ran a deep drag route and secured a 25-yard gain. Kerley got behind Jamie Collins and in front of Patrick Chung to secure the catch.
2014 Week 17 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Jeremy Kerley was relatively quiet as he spent the majority of the game battling Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. Eric Decker benefitted from not facing Grimes for the majority of the game and was the beneficiary of numerous big plays. Kerley's only catch occurred on a deep post route where he generated separation and jumped up to complete the big play.
2013 Week 1 vs TB (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 3 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 4 vs TEN (5 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 5 vs ATL (6 / 5 / 68 / 1 rec)
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.
2013 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 7 vs NE (10 / 8 / 97 / 1 rec)
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.
2013 Week 8 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 9 vs NO (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 14 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
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.
2013 Week 16 vs CLE (11 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
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.
2013 Week 17 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
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.
2012 Week 1 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Kerley served as the team's slot receiver this week and sparked a rout of the Bills with an early 12-yard touchdown pass and then a 68-yard punt return touchdown soon afterwards. He caught all 4 passes thrown to him in the first half, but saw little time in the second half as the Jets tried to run out the clock.
2012 Week 2 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 67 / 0 rec)
Kerley continues to emerge as a nice option from the slot. When New York needs to spread things out, Kerley has shown that he's very capable of beating nickel corners. He ripped the seam on his first quarter 45-yard catch, and perhaps the only thing lacking was breakaway speed as he was caught from behind.
2012 Week 3 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 73 / 1 rec)
For the second straight week, Kerley made some explosive plays from the slot. When the Dolphins brought pressure up the middle, Sanchez found Kerley over the middle of the field. Kerley was responsible for the game's biggest play, a 66-yard reception from Sanchez. Kerley hauled in a quick slant and out-ran safety, Reshad Jones. With 3:30 to go in the fourth quarter, Kerley made his second reception, a seven-yard slant route that resulted in a touchdown. With Dustin Keller nursing a hamstring injury, Kerley has become Sanchez's preferred option in the middle of the field.
2012 Week 4 vs SF (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Since Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill were both inactive, Jet fans were hoping to see more of Kerley. However, Kerley had difficultly beating tight press coverage. On the Jets' fifth drive, Kerley caught a quick slant from Sanchez. Upon catching the ball, Kerley was hit and jolted backwards. Kerley did not keep driving his legs through the catch and was quickly corralled by defenders. This error cost Kerley three yards additional yards.
2012 Week 5 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 94 / 0 rec)
Kerley has become Mark Sanchez's favorite target. Starting in place of the injured Santonio Holmes, Sanchez looked Kerley's way early in the game. During his first drive, Sanchez found Kerley for 13 yards on an out-route. Throughout the game, Sanchez kept coming back to Kerley, finding him on quick out routes for ten yard gains as well as seam routes for 15 yard gains. Kerley's biggest play occurred on a 'go-route' where he torched Jonathan Joseph for 36 yards. Joseph fell down at first, but Kerley showed impressive body control by adjusting to the underthrown ball. The Jets tried to get Kerley involved in the running game, but he was not able to generate positive yardage. Kerley has demonstrated that he can run crisp routes and make big plays in space.
2012 Week 6 vs IND (6 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet day for Kerley. Kerley was able to catch three short screen passes and create positive yardage after the catch. However, the Jets had so much success running in-between the tackles that they didn't need to utilize their wide receivers very often.
2012 Week 7 vs NE (11 / 7 / 120 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Five of Kerley's seven receptions resulted in gains of at least 15 yards. On his team's first drive, Kerley was able to pick up 50 yards on two receptions. On his first reception, Kerley ran a seam route and picked up 23 yards. After securing the catch, Kerley took a hellacious hit, but bounced back up. On his second reception, Kerley made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch on an out-route for a 27-yard gain. Kerley's most impressive reception occurred during his team's fifth drive. On a first-down play, Kerley ran a crossing route and Sanchez delivered a high pass that was tipped up by Kerley. Kerley battled with the Patriot defender as the ball came down, but showed persistence as he came away with the pass and secured a 22-yard gain. Kerley had an impressive first half, grabbing four passes for 77 yards. During the second half, Kerley caught a few crossing route and was able to generate extra yardage with his legs. During his team's ninth drive, Kerley caught an out-route and turned up field for a 19-yard gain. Kerley has exceptional speed and can make second level defenders miss with a one quick step. Most impressively, Kerley only dropped one his eleven targets. He continues to be one of Sanchez's trusted options.
2012 Week 8 vs MIA (11 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
Kerley's production directly correlates to Sanchez's rhythm. As we saw last week, Kerley and Sanchez were in rhythm and he exploded for over 100 yards. However, Sanchez wasn't able to develop any sort of rhythm until this game was out of reach. During the first half, Kerley caught just two of his five targets. Sanchez overthrew Kerley on each of his three incompletions. Kerley's most impressive reception occurred during his team's third drive. On a 3rd-and-3 play, Kerley caught a slant route, turned up field, and fought for the first down. Kerley secured two of his five receptions during his team's final drive. Of note, Kerley caught one pass behind the line of scrimmage and accelerated up field for a 10-yard gain. The play call was 'Welker-esque' and Kerley showed he can make plays in space.
2012 Week 10 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
While Kerley is known for his play making ability on offense, his special team's mistake led to seven Seattle points. During the first half, Kerley muffed a punt return and Seattle recovered. Five plays later, Seattle would turn Kerley's mistake into a Marshawn Lynch rushing touchdown. On offense, Kerley gained 43 of his 57 receiving yards on one play and 55 of his 57 receiving yards during the first half. During his team's third drive, Kerley put a nice double move on the much larger, Brandon Browner and hauled in the pass. Kerley generated 20 of his 43 yards after the catch, cutting back into the inside of the field to evade Kam Chancellor. Kerley was tackled on Seattle's seven-yard line, giving the Jets a golden red zone opportunity. Kerley caught all three of Tim Tebow's pass attempts behind the line of scrimmage and created additional yardage after the catch. When Tebow came into the game, Seattle rolled its safeties up and played tight man coverage at the line of scrimmage. Kerley's was only able to generate a long of five yards on these plays. Given the lopsided score, Kerley posted just one catch for two yards in the second half. Kerley was targeted just three times as the Jets failed to develop any sort of offensive rhythm.
2012 Week 11 vs STL (3 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kerley was active for Week 11 and caught all three of his targets, but only played 19 snaps in the game. He missed Friday's practice after full practices the previous two days, so clearly his heel was bothering him. Still, he made a nice play to secure a downfield pass from Sanchez for 32 yards. Since Santonio Holmes went down, Kerley has taken the mantle of number one receiver on the Jets, and it's promising to see him still have an impact on the game, despite playing so little. Even when Mark Sanchez was at his worst, Kerley was still putting up some good statlines, so if he can get over the nagging heel injury, he can certainly be an asset down the stretch nobody else vying to make plays for the Jets.
2012 Week 12 vs NE (10 / 7 / 86 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Kerley's production was a product of the game's score. During the first half, Kerley secured just one catch for five yards on three targets. New England matched Devin McCourty up against Kerley and he had trouble making his break off the line of scrimmage. During the second half, the Patriots played a relaxed zone coverage and Kerley found some success over the middle of the field. Kerley caught three of Mark Sanchez's first four second half pass attempts for 23 yards. On his third reception, Kerley ran a sharp slant route and secured the catch, but fumbled the ball after taking a hit from Steve Gregory. Luckily, Chaz Schillens recovered the fumble and preserved the drive. During the Jets' final drive, Kerley secured two catches for 59 yards. Kerley's first reception came on a 36-yard slant route. Kerley stumbled after making the catch, taking away an opportunity for some yards after the catch.
2012 Week 13 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
After three relatively quiet quarters, Kerley converted arguably the biggest third down of the game. On a 3rd-and-8 play during the fourth quarter, McElroy delivered a picture perfect back shoulder and Kerley hauled it in for a first down. Working against Patrick Peterson, Kerley showed toughness and impressive body control as he boxed Peterson out and made the catch. This conversion allowed the Jets to run out the clock. Kerley has been one of Sanchez's favorite receivers, but Sanchez completed just one pass in three attempts. Sanchez's only completion to Kerley occurred during the first quarter. Sanchez delivered a crisp back shoulder throw and Kerley hauled in the pass for a 19-yard gain. Kerley normally finds success over the middle of the field, but Arizona boast two of the better safeties in football and did not allow Kerley to run freely.
2012 Week 14 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
It was a frustrating game for Kerley. During the second quarter, Kerley fumbled the ball away after making a seven-yard reception. This was just a microcosm of Kerley's frustration. Kerley, who relies on his precise route running, had trouble developing rhythm with Sanchez. Sanchez was able to complete intermediate passes to Kerley, but overthrew Kerley on a wide open seam route. In addition, the Jets' play calling became extremely conservative, especially in the fourth quarter, which limited Kerley's opportunities.
2012 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
It was a frustrating game for Kerley. Kerley had a difficult time beating press coverage off the line of scrimmage and Sanchez's inaccuracy limited his output. Kerley's sole reception occurred on a slant route over the middle of the field.
2012 Week 16 vs SD (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Strangely, Kerley actually threw more pass completions than he caught in this game. New York's leading receiver by a wide margin coming in, Kerley did not register a single catch and in fact was only thrown to once. However, he did complete a long 42-yard pass play to WR Clyde Gates off of a direct snap WR option on New York's first possession. The ball got to its intended target, though it was a high arcing rainbow that took quite awhile to come down. If the ball hadn't been underthrown, it could have gone for an easy score as Gates had easily beaten his defender and was wide open down the field. Kerley later completed another pass, this time an out route to RB Lex Hilliard, but the play was negated by a formation penalty against New York.
2012 Week 17 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 88 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kerley received five targets on Sunday, catching three for 88 yards (including two 40-yard catches). Facing a 3rd and 18 on the Jets 4th drive, Kerley was able to take advantage of great blocking (and embarrassing defense) for his first big play. A quick screen, Kerley was able to promptly get up field and use his blocks perfectly to pick up 40 yards. Later Kerley attacked CB Stephon Gilmore on a deep vertical route and was able to make a great catch on a perfectly thrown ball from Mark Sanchez. Initially it looked as if Kerley was unable to get his 2nd foot down, but replay later showed the WR get both feet down before Gilmore pushed him out of bounds for another 40-yard gain. Kerley did receive one red zone target, but the fade was nowhere near Kerley and it fell incomplete.
2011 Week 3 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Rookie Jeremy Kerley debuted in the season's first WildCat package, which fooled absolutely nobody on the defense. Kerley ran left and was met with a flood of Oakland defenders.
2011 Week 4 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the most part Jeremy Kerley was a punt returner and special teamer for the day. His one target wasn't even really a pass meant for him. While Kerley ran a streak up the sideline, QB Mark Sanchez threw a pass that landed near Kerley, but appeared to be more aimed at Santonio Holmes and overthrown.
2011 Week 5 vs NE (3 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)
The rookie has mostly been an observer to the offense until this Sunday when he essentially supplanted Derrick Mason as the Jets' number three wide receiver in three receiver sets. Kerley showed reliable hands by hauling in all three of his targets, including a touchdown in the third quarter. His best catch was late in the fourth quarter as the Jets were desperately trying to drive down the field for a quick score. Kerley ran his route to some open space between two defenders and made a leaping catch of Sanchez's throw. He was hit as he landed and not only hung onto the ball, but was able to stay standing and gain an extra yard despite being draped in Patriots. Kerley is still considered more of a special teams player, but it looks like his role may increase as the Jets try to find a spark for their offense.
2011 Week 6 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Kerley had a key first down towards the end of the first half. On the play, Kerley ran a nice route beyond the first down marker and made a good catch on a hard throw by Sanchez. Kerley also threw an outstanding block on Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake during Santonio Holmes' touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
2011 Week 7 vs SD (7 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Kerley, replacing the recently-traded Derrick Mason, did his best Mason impersonation in this game. He didn't make many gamebreaking catches and his long gain went for just ten yards, but he picked up first downs on consecutive third down situations - moving the chains and keeping drives alive. He did have one opportunity for a long gain early in the second half, but Mark Sanchez didn't see him until after TE Dustin Keller fell down. By the time Sanchez saw Kerley, he was deep downfield and it was difficult for Sanchez to reach him. The ball was underthrown and knocked away by the defender for an incompletion.
2011 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Kerley saw significant playing time as the #3 receiver for the Jets and was very active in the first half. In fact, he wound up leading all Jets players with 4 catches and 5 targets in the first half. He only picked up 23 yards on those 4 catches while working out of the slot, but picked up several first downs and helped sustain some long drives for the Jets early on. He was not targeted in the second half as the Jets built a big lead and tried to run out the clock. Kerley also served as the team's primary punt returner, averaging 8 yards on 2 returns but nearly coughed up a fumble on his first one before recovering it.
2011 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
Kerley had a pretty big day against the Pats, though a chunk of his yards came during garbage time with the Patriots sitting back in deeper coverage. Still, Kerley has shown reliable hands and an ability to find a seam to get open for a catch. He might have seen more targets earlier in the game but he left for a while with an injury after a big hit during a catch. He's still third in the pecking order and that along with Sanchez's inconsistency make him hard to rely on yet but he has consistently shown flashes that he can be a very productive part of this offense..
2011 Week 13 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Unfortunately for the former TCU receiver, his biggest moment was a muffed punt which he lost. It was the Jets' sixth special teams turnover this year.
2011 Week 14 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Kerley had but one target, however we noticed something interesting regarding the rookie wide receiver during the game. On both passing touchdowns, Kerley's presence seemed to distract the defense and free up the eventual recipient of the score. During LaDainian Tomlinson's touchdown, Kerley lined up in the backfield on the opposite side of quarterback Mark Sanchez. When he ran his route to the left, he took several defenders with him, which cut into the amount of traffic Tomlinson had to run through after the catch. He seemed to have a bigger impact on Santonio Holmes' touchdown. The two lined up to Sanchez's left and Kerley ran a shallow route into the end zone. Two defenders moved up to cover him while Holmes slipped into the back of the end zone, wide open. It's hard to say if this was merely coincidence, poor defense or the threat of Kerley's versatility but it is worth tracking to see if there is something to it.
2011 Week 15 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The former TCU wide receiver wasn't able to have much of an impact on Sunday as he was well covered whenever he was on the field and a distant fourth option behind the two primary receivers and tight end Dustin Keller. While he was able to get open a few times, even when he caught the ball he was unable to add many yards after the catch as the Eagles were right there to bring him down.
2011 Week 16 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Kerley continues to show flashes of what he could become, showcasing solid hands and some good moves after the catch, but he remains third or fourth option in the pecking order. Kerley can be dangerous after the catch as well as a handy runner and wildcat/option quarterback but the Jets stayed conservative and didn't utilize him often as anything other than a wide receiver.
2011 Week 17 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Kerley had a tremendous game, catching the ball well, making things happen after the catch, running for a first down and throwing the ball out of the wildcat, something the Jets have rarely done. On that play, Kerley faked the handoff, saw tight end Matt Mulligan open and delivered a nice pass for a big play of 41 yards. The Jets never went back to that well, but it certainly made the wildcat more dangerous when they did use it. Kerley is also reliable enough that three times in the fourth quarter, he came up with big catches for first downs when the Jets needed to move the ball. Unfortunately two of those drives ended in interceptions but even when Kerley missed balls (albeit not well thrown ones), the offense goes back to the young receiver and appears to trust him. Kerley is a dynamic receiver and has grown in the offense since Derrick mason was traded. It's likely to continue to be the case into 2012.