The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to a one-year deal, reuniting with a player who spent his first five National Football League seasons with the franchise. The Lions traded him to the 49ers, where he played the 2016 season.
NY first acquired Kerley in the fifth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He also handled punt return duties for the Jets. Originally the Jets fifth-round pick out of TCU in 2011, the seven-year veteran spent his first five seasons with the Green & White.
In 2016, Kerley appeared in all 16 games (13 starts) for San Francisco and led the team with a career-high 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns.
He played his collegiate football at TCU and was originally selected by NY in the fifth round (153rd pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Jets lacked experience at the wide receiver position but added some today.
The Jets waived FB Julian Howsare to clear the roster spot for Kerley. It's always helpful to add a player that knows NY, and Kerley knows how to play in NY. NY cut its top two wide outs in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and third-year receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss the entire 2017 campaign due to a neck injury. Probably. But on the other hand, they will also learn a great deal from him about playing receiver in the NFL.