So, there is finally news on what is going on with a key wide receiver for the New England Patriots arch rivals. Manish Mehta has tweeted that the reason for the New York Jets Jeremy Kerley missing so much practice this offseason is because of a “slight tear in his hamstring”. The Jets slot receiver and punt returner hopes to return to practice before the week is up, which is great news for the team. He was reportedly in the doghouse, as Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum had doubts as to the legitimacy of Kerley’s injury; the WR has also struggled to grasp offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s new offense.
Kerley should be able to retain his role as the starting slot receiver, because the only other source of competition is seventh-rounder Jordan White. The rookie has looked good in training camp and has upside, but he isn’t nearly as good as Kerley at this stage. His stock was slowly falling with each day he didn’t practice and concerns grew, but this crucial bit of information shows that the injury is real and that Kerley is on the mend. The sooner he practices, the better for him.
Last season, he caught 29 passes for 314 yards with a solid 61.7% catch rate. A consistent target for Mark Sanchez, Jeremy Kerley finished with an average of 6.7 yards per target. Those numbers may seem underwhelming, but they are decent considering Sanchez’s 56.8% completion percentage. Kerley is a decent slot receiver who is clearly the best player at the position, and it will be interesting to see what Ryan says about Kerley now given the recent news.