Explosiveness was definitely missing for the New York Jets last season. Quarterback Mark Sanchez struggled with turnovers but got little help from the team’s skill players.
One young wide receiver flashed much promise though. New York selected Jeremy Kerely from TCU in the fifth round of 2011’s NFL Draft. His impact appeared minor has his rookie year only resulted in 29 receptions. Kerley began to progress the next year as he posted 827 receiving yards, and demonstrated game-breaking speed that allows him to get in the open field.
His stats may not paint a complete picture as he has only three career touchdown receptions. The Jets have an interesting decision to make when filling out their depth chart.
Santonio Holmes, when healthy is his team’s best receiving threat. Although he may not be elite, a combination of catching ability and speed makes him dangerous. Concern may loom however, as reports suggest that Holmes’ recovery from last season’s Lisfranc injury is not occurring as quickly as hoped.
I believe Kerely represents New York’s second-most talented target, but he fits better in the slot rather than outside. The pressure would then be on Stephen Hill to massively improve in his second season. Hill possesses tremendous athletic ability, but needs to be more consistent. Clyde Gates only brings this element to the table and Ben Obomanu is average at best.
Other media says that the receiver has been participating at Jets minicamp despite injuries. Rave reviews are being drawn from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who praises the receiver for his play despite standing at 5-foot-9. If this continues, Kerely could become New York’s most dangerous weapon. There has been anger from head coach Rex Ryan towards each player at this position for dropping passes.
I believe that it is too soon to become overly pessimistic, and there is hope that this young talent will be fine.