The New York Jets have ruled out their most consistent wide receiver (for my money, their best wide receiver, too) in Jeremy Kerley, according to a tweet from ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini. Kerley caught three passes for 45 yards in Sunday’s victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he also sustained a head injury in the game. Despite passing concussions tests during the game and finishing the contest, Kerley failed concussion tests on Monday and has not practiced all week.
The decision made by the Jets to rule out Kerley for tomorrow’s game was fully expected, and it means that Geno Smith won’t have his best WR at his disposal. Kellen Winslow Jr. is now the Jets best and most consistent pass-catcher, and the veteran tight end put forth a fabulous game against his old team. Winslow really stuck it to the Bucs with seven receptions for 79 yards on eight targets, and that equates to a terrific 9.9 yards per target average. Against a Patriots team that isn’t exactly good at covering TEs, Winslow should have another good game against a former team, but I highly doubt there is any ill-will between both parties.
Jeremy Kerley is a key member of the Jets offense, but his injury definitely isn’t a deal-breaker for the Jets. They’re coming into this game with a few injuries, but they don’t have nearly as many injuries as the Patriots, especially as it relates to pass-catching threats. Kerley’s injury is a huge plus for the Patriots defense, though, because Kerley is definitely a threat and played at a high level against the Pats last season.