Jeremy Kerley will be key against Carolina

628x471 New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley will have to help  Geno Smith out this week like he did last week against Oakland. Not only to beat Carolina, but to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Last week against the Raiders, WR Jeremy Kerley returned to the lineup and performed well. Kerley had 40 yards and a TD. Although that doesn’t sound like flashy numbers, it still contributed greatly to the offense.

“I think Kerley is an excellent player” Rex Ryan said. “He’s a guy that can shake man coverage, he’s got great hands, he does a lot of things for you.”

Since the Panthers are ranked 1st in the league in rush defense, Geno Smith will most likely throw the ball more. Kerley will have to show up like he’s been doing when he is healthy, and rack up a lot of yards and TDs. Not to mention, the Panthers are ranked 5th in the league in pass defense so that’s something else to keep in mind.

Kerley’s record this season is 6-3 when he starts. When he doesn’t play, the Jets are 0-4.

“Im not surprised what the record is with him or what the record is without him.” Rex said. “We go in to every game think we’re going to win but it’s a lot easier when you have him in.”

Kerley has definitely emerged as one of Geno Smith’s favorite targets and with the unknown availability of Stephen Hill, you can expect Jeremy Kerley to get more snaps against Carolina.

Tony Carter

Lead NFL Writer and Reporter