We have finally reached the top 10 of our rankings of the New York Jets’ 25 best players, and we begin with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The fourth year slot receiver has led the Jets in receptions and yards for each of the last two seasons, and he quickly emerged as one of Geno Smith’s favorite targets last season. Kerley faces some improved competition for playing time and targets this season, but he should still be able to make a significant impact on the Jets’ offense.
Kerley recorded 43 receptions for 523 yards and 3 TDs last season while appearing in 12 games. Kerley led the receivers in first downs converted by a wide margin, and he was very productive in third down situations. Kerley has also been able to make a decent impact as a punt returner throughout his career, though he could end up losing that role this season.
It will be very interesting to see where Kerley fits in the Jets’ offense this season. Most observers of the team recognize his talent, but it seems likely that he will at least be behind Eric Decker in the pecking order, and he could fall behind Jace Amaro as well. The Jets also drafted slot receiver and punt returner Jalen Saunders in the fourth round, and with Kerley entering the final year of his contract, there is certainly the possibility that the Jets will be looking for Saunders to take over those responsibilities.
Despite the questions about his future, Decker is the only pass catcher on the roster with a better track record than Kerley, and he should still be a major part of the passing game. He has a knack for finding space and making plays after the catch, and he provides an excellent safety valve for Smith.
Kerley may not be a household name or a big time player on your fantasy team, but he is still a very valuable asset to the Jets and worthy of recognition as one of their top ten players. His future with the team is still a bit of the mystery, but this season figures to be another that sees Kerley play a significant role in the offense.
Previously: No. 25 Bilal Powell, No. 24 Kenrick Ellis, No. 23 Geno Smith, No. 22 Dawan Landry, No. 21 Jeff Cumberland, No. 20 Antonio Allen, No. 19 Quinton Coples, No. 18 Calvin Pryor, No. 17 Michael Vick, No. 16 Willie Colon, No. 15 Dee Milliner, No. 14 Calvin Pace, No. 13 Breno Giacomini, No. 12 Nick Folk, No. 11 Demario Davis