By Glenn Naughton
Name: Jeremy Kerley
HT: 5′ 9” WT: 190
Acquired: 2011 fifth-round draft selections (153rd overall)
One of Gang Green’s most productive late-round draft picks in recent memory, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has proven to be well worth the fifth round selection (153rd overall) that the Jets spent on him in the 2011 draft out of Texas Christian University.
Upon joining the Jets in 2011, Kerley showed himself to be a sure-handed receiver out of the slot and put up 314 yards on 29 receptions as a rookie. In year two, Kerley would see his role expand due to multiple injuries at the position and he didn’t disappoint.
The 5′ 9”, 190 lb receiver hauled in 56 passes for 827 yards and two touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. He would see his role diminish over the next two seasons and when coupled with inconsistent quarterback play his production slipped, but recognizing what Kerley brought to the table, the Jets rewarded him with a four-year $16 million contract extension.
As the Jets head toward 2015, Kerley should have more room to work with as new addition Brandon Marshall and last season’s number one receiver Eric Decker should team up to open things up underneath, the Jets and their fans will hold out hope for Kerley to return to his 2012 form and be a big part of a revamped offense under coordinator Chan Gailey and his spread attack.