Jets second-year WR Jeremy Kerley entered the offseason as a potential breakout candidate on a team looking for big-play offensive weapons. As a rookie, Kerley came on strong late last season, catching nine passes for 107 yards in the team’s final two games.
Kerley’s training camp got off to a rough start, though, with a left hamstring injury. Rex Ryan called him out on July 28, saying that Kerley “needs to step it up, because quite honestly, I was a little disappointed in Jeremy this offseason. He’s got to pick up this system, this new system.”
Being slow to pick up the offense might have been the reason why Kerley didn’t record a catch until Week Five last season, and he also was hampered by the lockout. One of Kerley’s negatives in his PFW scouting report from 2011 was that he, “Played in a spread offense with a limited route tree.”
Kerley had to learn Tony Sparano’s offense this offseason, but we hear there don't appear to be questions about his toughness or ability, and he is starting to run well — Ryan said Kerley should play in Sunday's preseason game. On Wednesday, Ryan said that he was impressed with how Kerley has looked. With injuries to WRs Santonio Holmes, Chaz Schilens and Kerley this preseason, the Jets’ receiving corps has looked weak, but Kerley should be ready come Week One to help the Jets out of the slot and on punt returns.