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Jeremy Kerley | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/8/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 188
College: TCU
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (153) / NYJ
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Newly-signed Lions WR Jeremy Kerley blames the new coaching staff in New York for his lack of production last season.
"I didn't get to actually play. That was the main reason," Kerley said. "New coaching staff came in, they already knew the guys they wanted to play. They already had their scheme going, and they wanted bigger receivers." Kerley saw just 26 targets after averaging 80 the previous three seasons. He could see more work in an offense still reeling from the loss of Calvin Johnson, but Kerley remains a slot-type who doesn't create big plays in the passing game. Even after signing Marvin Jones and Kerley, the Lions could use help at receiver. Mar 28 - 9:12 AM
Source: MLive.com

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Lions agreed to terms with WR Jeremy Kerley, formerly of the Jets, on a one-year contract.

Kerley averaged 80 targets with the Jets from 2012-14, but he fell out of favor with new coach Todd Bowles last season and was cut before free agency. Kerley is not the answer as the Lions try to rebuild following Calvin Johnson's retirement, but he is a slot-type who can help as a punt returner. He will compete for a role in camp.
Mar 21 - 10:54 AM

Free agent WR Jeremy Kerley is visiting the Bills on Tuesday.

The dots certainly connect. Kerley would be reuniting with ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan, and the Bills need a slot receiver after losing Chris Hogan to the Patriots. The problem, of course, is that Kerley profiles as one of the league's least effective slot men.
Mar 15 - 2:46 PM

Free agent WR Jeremy Kerley will visit the Chiefs.

A slow-and-small slot receiver, Kerley could be viewed by Chiefs brass as a replacement for free agent Jason Avant as a chain-moving sub-package option.
Mar 10 - 8:37 PM

Jets released WR Jeremy Kerley.

This was a no-brainer move after Kerley fell out of favor under the new Jets regime. The move saves the Jets $1.3 million against the cap. Ex-GM Mike Tannenbaum handed Kerley a four-year, $16 million deal in October 2014.
Mar 9 - 4:09 PM

ESPN New York considers Jeremy Kerley a candidate for release.

We'd consider it highly likely. Kerley's $2.5 million salary contains no guarantees, and his role has vanished on offense. His receptions have declined in three straight seasons, tumbling all the way to 16 in 2015. The Jets can free up $2.5 million in space by designating Kerley as a post-June 1 cut.
Feb 23 - 3:09 PM

Jeremy Kerley (calf) is listed as probable for Week 15.

There was some fear Kerley wouldn't play early in the week, but he progressed enough to have a chance at a role in four-receiver sets against Dallas. It'll either be Kerley or Kenbrell Thompkins running behind Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Quincy Enunwa on Saturday Night Football.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Jeremy Kerley (calf) did not practice Wednesday.

Kerley's Week 15 status is up in the air. With Devin Smith (ACL) sidelined, Kenbrell Thompkins should see time in four-wide sets.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Jets WR Jeremy Kerley's Week 15 status is "up in the air" due to a bruised calf.

With Devin Smith (ACL) on injured reserve and Kerley potentially unavailable for Saturday night's game against Dallas, the Jets may have to turn back to Kenbrell Thompkins in four-receiver sets. Their slot men in those packages are Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa, with Brandon Marshall at flanker.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:55:00 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger confirms Jeremy Kerley isn’t expected to return next season.

Kerley was limited to punt returns with Quincy Enunwa returning last week. He’s an obvious release candidate at his $2.5M salary. The Jets would leave only $600,000 in dead money by making Kerley a post-June cut.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 09:17:00 PM

Jeremy Kerley nabbed two of three targets for 22 yards in the Jets' Week 9 win over the Jaguars.

Kerley hasn’t been able to take advantage of his opportunity with Quincy Enunwa sidelined. He’s not likely to break through against Buffalo on Thursday night.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Jeremy Kerley caught 3-of-4 targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' Week 7 loss to the Patriots.

With Quincy Enunwa suspended, Kerley appeared to be running ahead of Chris Owusu for No. 3 duties. Kerley will have the occasional PPR flourish, but has resoundingly proven to be unworthy of a roster spot, no matter the format.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 05:54:00 PM

Jeremy Kerley caught 6-of-11 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

With Eric Decker and Chris Owusu nursing knee injuries, Kerley's role was increased significantly in Chan Gailey's offense. Kerley had a first-quarter drop and dropped another pass early in the fourth quarter. Kerley did catch a short TD late in the game. Doing himself no favors under a coaching staff that doesn't view him as a meaningful weapon, Kerley will go back to the bench whenever Decker and Owusu return.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 04:43:00 PM

Jets WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to see more snaps with Eric Decker (knee) unlikely to play Week 3 against the Eagles.

Kerley has played just two snaps in two weeks with Decker and Quincy Enunwa dominating the slot-receiver snaps. With both Decker and Chris Owusu (knee) expected to miss, however, Kerley should get more work. He is still not a fantasy option.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 11:25:00 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes Jeremy Kerley does not have the characteristics the Jets are looking for in their receivers.

The Jets want all of their wide receivers to play both outside and inside. Kerley is exclusively a slot receiver, and he is not as good a run blocker as Quincy Enunwa and Chris Owusu. Kerley's punt return abilities should keep him active on game days, but he is not a factor on offense. He could end up on the trade block if Devin Smith (ribs) is able to prove his health.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 12:12:00 PM

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