Teams often have players who are fan favorites, but those fan favorites don’t get much credit for their on-the-field performance.
Not too long ago, the New York Jets had a young, quick and hardworking player who goes by the name of Danny Woodhead. He was a Jet before the Jets cut him and the New England Patriots took him away. Have no fear, the Jets have a new version of Woodhead, and his name is Jeremy Kerley. He is similar to Woodhead in terms of size and drive on the field, but no matter the size, as long as you have the drive, you can be something in this league.
The Jets took Kerley with the 153rd pick in the 2011 draft and he’s played a small, but solid role for the Jets. Last season, the Jets got off to a 0-4 start without Kerley at WR, so maybe the little guy does have more worth than one may think. The 5-foot-9 Kerley is the ideal slot receiver — he is fast, reliable and can makes plays happen in the middle of the field. Last season, he had 523 receiving yards, and the year before that he had 827; those numbers may not jump out at you, but remember this is a Jets team that usually ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to passing stats. In the last three years, he has average 42 receptions a game, which isn’t great, but everyone can’t be like Victor Cruz. Also, in the last three seasons he has only lost one fumble, which is an unnoticed stat to some, but it proves his reliability.
Kerley is not Cruz, Wes Welker or any of the top slot receivers in the league. He has his niche carved out for him and knows the role that he needs to play in order to be successful. I think Kerley still hasn’t hit his ceiling and I believe that his best football is still ahead of him. Look for Kerley to fly under the radar again this year, and I think a 700 yard season with five or so touchdowns would be a great year for him.