He’s the team’s top option at slot receiver – a feature role in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense – and also will handle punt returns when the Rams visit Levi’s Stadium on Monday.
Kerley is in position to see a lot of passes. During spring and summer practices, the 49ers’ top slot receiver, Bruce Ellington, was a frequent target of quarterback Blaine Gabbert and seemed poised for a big season. He's the only player on the roster who fits Kelly’s ideal mold for a slot receiver: rabbit quick, a fast accelerator and – especially critical this week – mentally sharp.
“I think he’s a wily veteran. He’s been around,” Kelly said of Kerley. “I think having Curtis and Bob here has really helped him. But you can tell right away that Jeremy’s a pretty smart football player.”
Kerley’s best season was 2012 when he had 56 catches for 827 yards for the Jets.
Kerley is worth consideration in deep PPR formats, but he's unlikely to be a fantasy factor in most leagues.
Actually, Kerley is the 49ers' only slot receiver and punt returner.
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The San Francisco 49ers added depth to their receiving corps.
Kerley accumulated 152 yards on 16 receptions last season, his fifth year with the New York Jets. The slot receiver was battling for a roster spot deep in Detroit's pecking order.
Kerley, 27, earned his best season in 2012, when he compiled 56 receptions for 827 yards. His playing time waned over the past two years. Kerley could be a nice complement in Chip Kelly's spread system. Behind Torrey Smith and Bruce Ellington, the competition is wide open for snaps in San Francisco.
The trade likely explains why Kerley didn't get any run in Saturday nightâs preseason tilt. The story said both players were likely going to be cut.
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.
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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.
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