That means the Lions are looking for the supporting cast at WR to step up. Golden Tate will be featured prominently alongside Marvin Jones, and Detroit has acquired former Jet Jeremy Kerley to man the slot.
"We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat," coach Jim Caldwell said.
Jones was a sixth-round pick of the club in 2014, but experienced nerve pain following shoulder surgery that offseason and never played a down. He caught passes in four of the final five games including a 29-yard touchdown in a Week 16 win against San Francisco. Caldwell went on to say Jones return ability and scat-back ability, where he can catch screens and take off and go.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
DT Kyle Williams (knee)
T Seantrel Henderson (illness), T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee)
New York Jets
S Dion Bailey (ankle), S Calvin Pryor (ankle)
CB Antonio Cromartie (quadricep), RB Bilal Powell (ankle)
CB Buster Skrine (shoulder, hand)
RB Tommy Bohanon (shoulder), TE Kellen Davis (hand), WR Eric Decker (knee), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), C Nick Mangold (neck), WR Brandon Marshall (ankle, toe), CB Dexter McDougle (hand, ankle), CB Dee Milliner (wrist), RB Stevan Ridley (knee), QB Geno Smith (left shoulder)
Remember, Decker has mostly worked in the slot this year. That is Kerley's area of specialty.
Devin Smith will do some things in this game, but it's his NFL debut. Hard to expect a lot out of him. And I don't think the Jets' coaches really are. In terms of the tight ends, the Jets lost a potentially big asset when Jace Amaro suffered that season-ending shoulder injury. Jeff Cumberland just isn't a great receiving threat.
Todd Bowles mentioned Thursday that he's asked Cumberland and blocking tight end Kellen Davis "to do a lot of blocking thus far." With Brandon Marshall and Decker catching passes, the Jets haven't needed Cumberland in the passing game. That could definitely change this week, but I don't think you'll see a lot of targets for him.
It looks like Kerley will benefit the most if Decker misses the game, and it looks like a good matchup on paper, but the Eagles defense hasn't been horrible the first couple weeks. Still, Kerley would be a bit of a risky play, but perhaps a better choice than Smith who looks like he'll make his debut but won't be a huge factor.
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
The Jets could turn to Jeremy Kerley and Devin Smith. The 5’9”, 188-pound Kerley has caught 166 balls and 7 TDs throughout the course of his career. While not a big presence, he possess good feet and sticky hands. He could definitely see an increased role on Sunday. Meanwhile Smith has a couple of weeks of practice under his belt and it’s possible the rookie vertical threat could make his pro debut on Sunday.
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Jets WR Chris Owusu (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Owusu will miss Week 3. If Eric Decker is also sidelined, then Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Kerley and/or Devin Smith will have to pick up the slack. Brandon Marshall might see 15 targets.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 1.
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm
Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday.
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