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Jeremy Kerley | Wide Receiver | #17

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/8/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 188
College: TCU
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (153) / NYJ
Contract: view contract details

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Jeremy Kerley caught 3-of-6 targets for 29 yards in Week 2.
It's a step back after Kerley led the 49ers' in targets last week. Kerley is playing the high-volume slot role in Chip Kelly's offense, but doesn't have much value outside of PPR leagues. He's off the radar for his Week 3 matchup with Seattle. Sep 18 - 6:10 PM

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Jeremy Kerley caught 7-of-11 targets for 61 yards in the 49ers' Week 1 win over the Rams.

Acquired from the Lions just 17 days ago, Kerley ran as the 49ers' top slot receiver, playing 54-of-82 offensive snaps and leading the team in targets. Torrey Smith was second with just six. It's obvious Kerley's game fits with what coach Chip Kelly likes to do and where Blaine Gabbert feels comfortable throwing the ball. This offense is going to run a ton of plays as one of the most up-tempo units in the league, and Kerley is a candidate for 8-10 looks a game. He's not a big-play machine, but his Monday night line could have been much bigger. Gabbert overthrew a wide-open Kerley behind the defense on what should have been an easy 46-yard touchdown in the first half. Kerley needs to be owned in all PPR formats.
Sep 13 - 1:47 AM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports Jeremy Kerley is "in position to see a lot of passes" this season.

Barrows also notes that Kerley "fits coach Chip Kelly's ideal mold" for a slot receiver; he's "rabbit quick, has a fast accelerator, and is mentally sharp." Kerley was just acquired in a trade two weeks ago, but is already listed as the 49ers' top slot receiver. He's also had experience in a similar offense after playing for Jets OC Chan Gailey last season. He could see 6-8 targets Monday night.
Sep 9 - 8:58 AM

Jeremy Kerley is listed as the 49ers' starting slot receiver on their Week 1 depth chart.

He's the only player listed at the position on the depth chart. Kerley is also the 49ers' No. 1 punt returner. Acquired in a trade with the Lions last week, Kerley is already stepping into what will probably be an important position in this fast, but simple, offense with popgun-armed Blaine Gabbert as its current quarterback. Gabbert likes to attack the short-to-intermediate areas of the field, and it's very possible Kerley and Vance McDonald are his favorite targets on a weekly basis. Kerley could have some PPR value as a WR4/5 this season.
Sep 6 - 9:26 PM

49ers acquired WR Jeremy Kerley from the Lions in exchange for OG Brandon Thomas.

Kerley, whose career has been in gradual, consistent decline, will provide some depth in the slot and feature on special teams. He'll likely crack the 53-man roster considering how little talent GM Trent Baalke has assembled.
Aug 28 - 2:19 PM

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

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

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QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
4DuJuan Harris
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
3Rod Streater
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
LT1Joe Staley
2Anthony Davis
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson