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Kerley Put On a Show for Jets Coaches

Posted by Eric Allen on May 9, 2011 – 3:57 pm

After a slow start to the draft, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer added a quartet of prospects to his stable on day three, including the Jets’ intriguing selection of WR-KR Jeremy Kerley in the fifth round.

“We feel really good about the guys we got,” Schottenheimer told me during a recent appearance on “Four Quarters.” “Rex kind of teased us earlier in the draft. He said, ‘Hey, it might be a slow couple of first days for you guys.’ They’ve been awfully generous in the past with guys that they’ve brought in here like Shonn [Greene] and Mark [Sanchez] and a number of guys.

“But we feel really good about the guys we added, and those are truly the guys, when you look at your roster, that make up those last two days of the draft. When you see the success down the line, those are the guys that you have to kind of find — the diamonds in the rough.”

While the Jets didn’t make a flurry of moves on draft weekend, “Trader Mike” Tannenbaum did make one draft deal. Worried that another team would pull the trigger on Kerley, the Green & White traded up eight spots in the fifth round (swapping picks with Philadelphia while sending the Birds a sixth-round pick for their seventh-rounder) to get the TCU standout.

“We scheduled a private workout with Jeremy and Andy Dalton, the quarterback. Myself and [offensive assistant] Lance Taylor went down to kind of work these guys out and Jeremy and I kind of hit it off right away,” Schotty said. “He’s a slot-type receiver, a great return specialist.

“But a lot of guys get labeled as a slot receiver and it’s unfair, so you go in and work them out and try to make them run the outside route tree and do things like that,” added the Jets’ offensive playcaller. “He’s a guy who caught the ball extremely well during the workout. He’s a great kid, he has great feet in and out of breaks. … He’s a competitive guy who went through all the drills full-speed and made great catch after great catch. We knew he played like a Jet and that was good to see.”

The 5’9”, 188-pound Kerley started 11 games his senior season, leading the Horned Frogs with 56 receptions for 575 yards and 10 TDs. He broke out his junior campaign, pacing TCU with 44 receptions and averaging 12.1 yards a grab. After Kerley performed well in his on-field workout, Schottenheimer got him talking Xs and Os.

“You want to get an idea of a guy’s football intelligence. He was a guy we talked about a couple of the routes they were trying to run against the San Diego State Aztecs,” Schottenheimer said. “It’s funny because he was up on the board and Dalton was in the chair next to him, so I kind of kept looking at Dalton to see if he was right and Jeremy blew it away. He did a great job and we have the utmost respect for that program down there. What they’ve done at TCU is incredible and we’re getting a heck of a football player.”

A couple of weeks before the draft, a report surfaced that New York’s AFC representative had worked out Andy Dalton. And indeed they had, but Kerley’s named escaped the headlines. The Cincinnati Bengals took Dalton in the second round, five selections after the Green & White drafted Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson.

“Andy was a guy everybody knew was shooting up the draft board and you can never get your hands on enough quarterbacks coming up. You never know. It could be four, five, six years down the line, but you actually get a chance to work with the guy, so we took advantage of that,” Schotty said. “We were going to be down there and he had a terrific workout as well. Those two guys had a great chemistry and it was good to see. They had a strong camaraderie that you could kind of picture Jeremy fitting in with Mark.”

A dual threat, Kerley was a dynamite returner on the collegiate level. He left TCU in second place both in total return yards (2,305) and punt return yards (1,299) and was also fifth in kickoff return yards (1,006). Last season he averaged 27.7 yards on his kick returns and he posted a 13.8 career punt return average.

“He’ll have to find his role on offense. We didn’t even do anything with him returning the ball because that’s evident with him on the film,” Schottenheimer said. “I think he was Special Teams Player of the Year two times in a row and I think Westy is probably pretty excited.”

Coming Wednesday: Coach Schotty reviews the Jets’ seventh-round pair, QB Greg McElroy and WR Scotty McKnight


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39 Responses to “Kerley Put On a Show for Jets Coaches”

  1. By Tom Spicer on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    I think we have finally found our explosive punt returner

  2. By wayne on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    He excels at kickoffs and punt returns? Hasta la vista Mr. Smith…….According reports, teams have been walking all over the rules against recruiting FAs during the LOCKOUT…….I’m sure your Jets are up to their necks in the mischief. They’re all doing it. It’s only wrong if you get caught. I expect the Jets to get the cream of the FA crop, seeing that so many of these kids coming in speak so highly of Rex.

  3. By GaryC on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    Kerley reminds me in body and his style of play of Ernest Givens of the Oilers, kerley played kind of a run and shoot at tcu as slot receiver same as Givens.I would love to know how these teams get word on what player another team is drafting.Are they bugging their complexes or their war room.

  4. By John on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    Kerley Sound good its doesn’t look like holmes will be back.

  5. By IRA on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    Agree i think Kerley will be the best punt returner they have had since S.Moss. I hate to say this but it looks more and more like they are ready to move on from Mizzou. If they lose him and keep Edwards, Cro and Holmes that wouldn’t be too bad. I am sure Kerley will be taught how to run the WC with or without Mizzou on the team this year.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    This guy will replace Smith at KR no problem and eventually J-Co as slot WR no problem. The big mistake we made with Smith was we never gave him a chance at QB, a four-year starter from a great school who’d set all kinds of records. In that sense, he was the pre-Gholston, if probably a lot more talented than him, but that kind of position-switching is something I hope to see only in the rear-view mirror of Jets history. I don’t think Smith will ever be much as a WR and I doubt he’ll want to stick around with us as just a KR. I’d have given him a shot at RB but now we have plenty of those, so I’d still try him at S if he’s up for it. But if you’re a real Smith fan, pull for some team giving him his long-overdue shot at QB.

  7. By scjoe on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    EA, what you didn’t mention in this article is that this kid has a 95mph fastball and that baseball is his first love. So, with this ridiculous work stoppage in effect and the baseball draft coming up in about another month there is a good chance we lose this guy to a sport that actually has a CBA in place!

  8. By carl on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, help me understand ? Its still about greed, right? Whats your take on this lock out?Or not lock out? Hey guys by the way there are other sports! My kid is really gettin into Lax. Its a fast game! They are aloud to hit !Sorry just a thought Randy!

  9. By eric on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    good for the kid but it looks like he’s going to replace brad smith. aww man im gonna miss b. smith, he’s been amazing for us, really really hope he can sign a one year tender but it seems very unlikely, thanks for being a great jet brad, i wish u best of luck

  10. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, the only really good part about Smith possibly leaving the Jets is the end of the accursed Wildcat, the biggest waste of time ever and, as several have pointed out on this site, the exclusive province of teams with lousy offenses. With big things expected of Sanchez, McElroy waiting in the wings, a dismal record from ’10 at scoring TDs in the first half, and even Rex saying we’ve got to get better in the red zone, I’m happy to say that it looks there’s a good chance that the Wildcat will finally be zeroed out, as it should’ve been no later than the start of last yr. If you can’t beat CIN with Holmes and Edwards at WR and without running Smith on a glorified end-around, you certainly have no business predicting Super Bowl victories.

  11. By IRA on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    This debate will go on until something happens. I find it very difficult to let Edwards go after he avg 44.6 yds per TD catch last year. Without checking i would think those TD #’s are at least the same if not better than Walker, Caster, Moss, Ward and any other WR that caught the deep ball in the past 20 yrs. Add that threat to his run blocking and physical toughness over the middle. They have to crunch the #’s to keep him if possible.

  12. By GaryC on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    You guys are taking to much for granted that smith is the one not coming back.His ego is not as big as some of the other free agents, you know who I am talking about.How do all you guys think Braylon is feeling after Rexy knocked his buddy, Rhodes in his book.and please no more speak of having Asomughah, Revis, and cromartie all under a contract to play for jets.that is ludicrous thinking.They still need that rush player in the front seven and that is the guy they will need to sign.

  13. By wayne on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Kerley in no way, shape or fashion can replace Santonio Holmes….Holmes is a difference maker. Not a lot of those in the game. You don’t let those walk away. Even if there is baggage…………Carl, thanks for the insight. I do mean that….If fans would they could change all this foolishness. But, the owners know they got the fans in their back pockets……………………………………………………

  14. By Cmoney on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    This was an OK pick guys lets not get crazy…b4 we compare him to ernest givens lets see if a 5-8 player with 4.6 speed can play with the big boys. After watching his highlights he does possess some elusiveness and makes people miss but its COLLEGE..if you read his scouting report he doesnt possess straight line deep threat speed and obviously cant muscle through being jammed at the line (slot reciever) remember LBs have 4.6 speed now… and personally schottenheimer has to prove himself as a playcaller b4 I trust his “feeling” on a slot reciever who got to play with one of the best Qbs is college but yet only had 500 receiving yards. I

  15. By Cmoney on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yeah and on the subject of Brad smith..he was never used correctly in our system ie. excentuating his strengths and minimizing his weaknesses. What our great silver spoon OC doesnt understand is that for the wildcat to be truelly effective you have to throw the ball more then twice in 3 years!!!!!!!! I assure you the next team Brad goes to they will allow him to throw the ball out of the wildcat and will use him as a number 2 or 3 WR and running baclk out of the backfield…making him a STAR in the NFL…..Schotty needs to go… hes not dynamic enough for this offense and benching holmes for almost the first quarter in the AFC champiionship and not using our 220 pound rb at the goalline cost the JETS a SUPERBOWL

  16. By scjoe on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, in regard to Cro moving to safety, never say never! You say he is one of the better cover corners in the league, I didn’t see that last year. Fact is we only saw that in his rookie year, not since. He was average at best last year. I think with his speed and with his ball skills he would be a good fit at free safety. I’m not saying that will happen, just saying it may be a good fit, especially if Wilson can step up his play at the other corner spot.

  17. By matt on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Some of us saw Kerley coming. He’ll be a perfect slot guy and returner-very elusive. Not a burner, but very fluid.

  18. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t get you on Walker and Caster on TD avg vs. Edwards, Ira. 1st, Walker’s avg per catch was over 20 in 8 out of 12 of his yrs (not counting the last yr when he barely played), so his TD avg. must be off the charts! 2nd, Caster played more than half his yrs with us at TE, not WR, and he still had great avg. per catch. None of that means I don’t want BE back, of course, and I for one don’t expect Kerley to replace him or Holmes but rather J-Co, whose avg. per catch is more what I’d expect from him at first. Bet the Jets timed Kerley faster than 4.6 though, Cmoney, and they list him at 5′ 9″. Stats put Cro way above average last yr, scjoe, but I agree he might work out at S. I doubt BE is cryin’ any tears for KR at this late date, GaryC.

  19. By IRA on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, OK maybe someday Cro will be moved to safety but not now. He allowed a 44.6 reception % which was ranked 4th of all CB’s in the NFL last year. Thats real good to me. The only problems he had was with the smaller quicker WR’s and slant routes. Otherwise he is an excellent cover guy.

  20. By IRA on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    And talking about safeties i expect Pool back. He allowed only 16 catches into his coverage area and finished as the 4th best cover grade among safties as per PFF.Com. Pool really came on strong the last month once he got the system. No reason not to bring him back this year.

  21. By GaryC on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    cmoney, we agree on brad smith getting shortchanged by the fans but my reference to kerley vis a vis givens was only in physical stature and position he will play on jets.Of course he doesn’t have Warren Moon throwing to him and shotty can not be compared to Mouse Davis who brought the run and shoot over from the Houston Gamblers of Usfl and also to be copied by the buffalo bills.

  22. By IRA on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Tom,
    Caster i am thinking about those bombs from Namath in that crazy Colts game. Walker though his per catch avg was 20 yds plus i would love to know what his per TD catch yds were. Edwards 44.6 were a lot. Maybe Randy or EA could help us with this.

  23. By Randy Lange on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, Wesley Walker had 71 regular-season touchdown receptions in his 12-year Jets career and averaged 34.8 yards on each of those TD grabs. Wesley’s best season was his second one, 1978, when he averaged 52.1 yards on his eight TDs, followed by 1985, when he averaged 45.6 yards on five TDs.

  24. By IRA on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Randy Thanks so Edwards is right behind him as of now. Lets hope he can top those #’s as a Jet.

  25. By Arte Olde School on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys.. You all got to relax..!! Every free agent we LOSE means Mr. T. can sign one.. Asomughah will be a Jet folks!! It’s as plane as day. We lose Brad Smith. We may lose one or two others and sign a few more!! I don’t care who we lose.. Because Mike T. will pick th best of what little their is.. Can’t see we lose too many FA’s.. Holmes will be a long-term sign.. He is the #1 priority BY FAR. Rex knows he is the best, most clutch receiver in the game. He goes nowhere. Braylon may stay too. Cro.. If we just lose Brad Smith and pick up Asomughah, like I said before FUGHETTABOUDIT!! Super Bowl is ours. We’ll be #1 in the league for years!! With this draft and lock-out it’s going to benefit a guy like Mike T. more than any other team.

  26. By wayne on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Order of importance at wideout: 1 Holmes 2 Edwards………Smith was never part of that discussion….Edwards is showing all the signs that he wants things to work out where he can stay at Jet. Does that mean Edwards will be will to make concessions? We’ll have to wait and see…..SMITH WILL NOT BE A JET IN 2011…..They didn’t trade up to get this kid to have him take over for Holmes or Edwards. Betw him and Mcknight, they handle returns. And there’s always fallback of Cotchery and Cromartie in a pinch.

  27. By GaryC on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    this all galaxy team of the jets is coming to fruition,we are signing asomugah, revis, cromartie, holmes, edwards and we might be bringing in woodley, who knows who else.yes,all for the love of rex.

  28. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    wayne, I think you’ve got it right. Leonhard was good on punt returns and J-Co was the MVP when he was forced into that role, sure-handed and clutch like the key return late in the SD playoff game. But we need guys who can focus strongly on returns while working into their positions and both Kerley and to a lesser extent J McKnight would be perfect for that. Like I said on draft day, Kerley has that Percy Harvin all-around offensive potential and as you say, the goal is still to sign both Holmes and Edwards. And as Arte hints, if we can’t sign both of those guys I think we’re more likely to pick up a big FA WR like Floyd or Jones than expect Kerley or B McKnight to start now. Randy, thanks for the Walker stats, I loved watching every TD!

  29. By carl on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Wayne, they dont have me. gave up my season tickets of 15 years. the greed factor has struck a nerve with me, i bailed . $120 a ticket $5 a water $8 beer.I need a sport where the love of the game is still there, thats all !!

  30. By Mike Jet Vet on May 10, 2011 | Reply

    Tom64 I know you didn’t think I was going to let your comments go did ya ? 1st don’t care who the wildcat or Seminole will be a part of this offense if -Smith go’s they better pick up someone who can do as good or better then B-smith because this guy won at least 10 games for us since his arrival in that wildcat you keep slandering and mocking wasn’t for this kid we miss the playoffs in 09 for sure … this kid Kerley looks a gamer granted but as we all know so did V-G and Wilson

  31. By Mike Jet Vet on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    FYI ..if we lose either S-H J-Co or B-E don’t be surprised if we see T-O come in for a visit

  32. By 38 year fan on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Tom64 , I’m with you on getting rid of the stupid wildcat , we should spend more time on Goal line offense, on screens,… and pounding it out of the “I” formation .Let’s get the basics down before we start screwing around ..Fundamentals

  33. By 38 year fan on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    And at Linebacker , we need an attacker …someone with wheels ..We were looking slow , last year , at the end …

  34. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    MJV, what I mostly remember about Smith and the Wildcat is how it LOST us the Seattle game, I think it was, on the fumble that was returned for a TD. As several have pointed out, all it really amounts to is an awkward, predictable running play, since we’ve never been at all serious about having Smith throw the ball out of that formation. Sure, he’s made some plays because he’s a great athlete, but that’s why we shoulda just tried him at RB. Most of all, and as 38 year points out, we’ve got a high-priced QB who’s still blowing a lot of fundamentals and an O that’s curiously iffy in the red zone despite a ton of stars and up-and-comers. The Wildcat takes a distinct back seat to dealing with all those problems, like at the goal line at PITT…

  35. By Row on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    We all know the issue was the fact Schotty didn’t run it 4 times. A bigger issue is the FB position. AP has never been the same after t-rich left. Kerley is a 5th round pick, that’s it. Sanchez is a 40+ million dollar turnover machine that gets his better stats playing non-winning teams like Buffalo. Another thing is none of the TJ replacements had 15 TDs or 1400+ yards. Holmes is gone, Braylon will stay. Edwards is the better WR. Brad should go to a place like St. Louis. He won a late game for us to get us into the playoffs last year. He will be appreciated there. He also put points on the board we needed to beat Pittsburg. Go Jets

  36. By Tom Spicer on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    While Brad Smith is a good wild cat guy & a pro bowl kick returner. He is not a good WR he has bad hands. He is not a NFL QB & he is to tall & thin to play RB. He would not be able to stand the pounding of 25 runs a game. It is only a matter of time before the league figures out & stops our wildcat just like they did with Miami. Also schuffling Mark in & out of the game xan only hurt his development he needs to be able to get into a rythm.

  37. By Tom Spicer on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Row, TJ is washed up & it showed he had nothing left in the playoffs 2 years ago & did nothing last year. I dont know why you are still harping on this. Also Mark is a turnover machine really? He had 13 picks last year less than 1 per game. In 507 attemps 97.5% of his passes were not picked off. 8 out of his 10 best passing days where against good teams. So how does he get his better stats vs none winning teams.

  38. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, it’s because I have so much respect for Smith’s attitude and athleticism that I’d give him a shot at RB even though he’s got the wrong body for it. But I agree he’s shown little at WR and as for QB, well, we pulled a Gholston with him on that one so now we’ll never know. Most of all I agree with you about what nonsense it is to be breaking up Sanchez’s rhythm (when he has any) by asking him to put up with the Wildcat. Any team whose HC can’t stop predicting SB victories but also can’t score a TD in the 1qtr and sometimes in the entire 1st half shouldn’t be asking its hoped-to-be franchise QB to line up as a wideout even ONE time in a full season. Row, Smith isn’t needed at QB by STL and they need much better than him at WR.

  39. By Row on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I have rarely seen Smith have trouble at WR. I think the trouble is the QB. If you’ve noticed Cotchery’s declining numbers as the 3rd WR (less than 500 yards.) That is a perfect example of Sanchez’ inability to hit the 3rd look. Also, it is if they showcase Smith coming into the game, they map out a WR screen as if it’s not obvious or have him run an option. Still he managed about 80 yards of offense when he started. St. Louis could use a kick returner and he would be loved there. Btw with the poor talent and 5’8 WR’s like Almendola, Bradford threw 300 yards more than Sanchez. Sanchez completed a check down to LT 52 times last year, that is unacceptable. TJ rushed for more than Greene and a whopping 20 yards less than LT last year. Go Jets

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