49ers Beat: Slot WR Jeremy Kerley 'in position to see a lot of passes'

When the 49ers played their third preseason game two weeks ago, receiver Jeremy Kerley was a member of the Detroit Lions. Now he’s a 49ers starter. At two spots.

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.

Fantasy Impact: 

Kerley is worth consideration in deep PPR formats, but he's unlikely to be a fantasy factor in most leagues.

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