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Jets “disappointed” in second-year receiver Jeremy Kerley

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Jets 2011 fifth-round pick Jeremy Kerley’s rookie season was promising enough that he made Derrick Mason expendable early in the year and earned full-time punt returner duties. On offense, Kerley caught 29 passes for 314 yards and a touchdown, operating as New York’s primary slot receiver.

But Kerley had a rocky offseason, failing to stand out during OTAs and minicamps, and he quickly went down with a hamstring injury as training camp opened. Jets coach Rex Ryan isn’t thrilled.

Jeremy needs to step it up,” Ryan said Saturday, per the New York Daily News. “Quite honestly, I was a little disappointed in him in the offseason.”

Kerley is expected to miss “about a week” of camp. The Jets are implementing a new offense under first-year coordinator Tony Sparano, and Ryan made it clear that Kerley needs to be on the field, or he’ll risk losing his slot receiver job.

“He’s got to pick up this new system,” said Ryan. “You got to put the time in.”

If Kerley continues to come up short, the Daily News suggests that the Jets would turn to Santonio Holmes in the slot, with Chaz Schilens bookending rookie Stephen Hill outside.

Kerley’s roster spot seems secure at the moment, but that could change if his injury and/or poor performance lingers.

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15 Responses to “Jets “disappointed” in second-year receiver Jeremy Kerley”
  1. DawgPound83 says: Jul 28, 2012 6:17 PM

    ryan was brutal in that interview today. He talkes a crazy amount of $#!t about his own guys, but he’s honest. most coaches would be giving the ‘belichek nonanswer’ but not him.

  2. realnflmaster says: Jul 28, 2012 6:21 PM

    Ryan is the type of coach a fan loves. Honest about his team to the fans and the media, and confident in his own abilities.

    Rex IS the best defensive coach in football. If you disagree you’re an idiot. Or a jills fan.

  3. worldwidebleater says: Jul 28, 2012 6:32 PM

    Rex is disappointed with his footwork.

  4. zurnvs says: Jul 28, 2012 6:33 PM

    SHUT UP REX

  5. jdmonte11 says: Jul 28, 2012 6:36 PM

    He is the polar opposite of Andy Reid

  6. lrjets says: Jul 28, 2012 6:49 PM

    No Jets-colored glasses for Rex so far.
    Denial means status quo.

  7. rajbais says: Jul 28, 2012 7:08 PM

    What was impressive about him last season????

    He was talked about as a slot receiver and wildcat guy before 2011!!!

    Now you’re disappointed with him after he stunk in 2011???

    I feel for Mark Sanchez: crappy receivers, no running back, and … :( Tebow!!!

  8. svn2011 says: Jul 28, 2012 7:13 PM

    Belichick never throws his players individually under the bus. If he is not acting like ryan does mean he isnt being honest to the player if he doesn’t media the same.
    When mike vrabel left NE he said the BB may not publicly praise anyone but doesn’t publicly criticize a single player either. How his ryan’s honesty going to help kerley? Just unnecessary media pressure not to mention ryan wont say the same thing about Tebow.
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    DawgPound83 says:
    Jul 28, 2012 6:17 PM
    ryan was brutal in that interview today. He talkes a crazy amount of $#!t about his own guys, but he’s honest. most coaches would be giving the ‘belichek nonanswer’ but not him.

  9. EJ says: Jul 28, 2012 8:48 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Jul 28, 2012 6:21 PM
    Ryan is the type of coach a fan loves. Honest about his team to the fans and the media, and confident in his own abilities.

    Rex IS the best defensive coach in football. If you disagree you’re an idiot. Or a jills fan.

    Rex Ryan is NOT the best defensive coach in the NFL. A good coach doesn’t throw his players under the bus, he does whatever he needs to do to motivate and get the best out of them. Also, if a good Defense brings home championships, well then where are Ryan’s rings? I’m not the only “idiot” as you say that believes this. There are many, many more non-Bills fans that would agree that Ryan is NOT the best Defensive coach, he is all talk, no game.

  10. randallflagg52 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:21 PM

    EJ says:Jul 28, 2012 8:48 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Jul 28, 2012 6:21 PM
    Ryan is the type of coach a fan loves. Honest about his team to the fans and the media, and confident in his own abilities.

    Rex IS the best defensive coach in football. If you disagree you’re an idiot. Or a jills fan.

    Rex Ryan is NOT the best defensive coach in the NFL. A good coach doesn’t throw his players under the bus, he does whatever he needs to do to motivate and get the best out of them. Also, if a good Defense brings home championships, well then where are Ryan’s rings? I’m not the only “idiot” as you say that believes this. There are many, many more non-Bills fans that would agree that Ryan is NOT the best Defensive coach, he is all talk, no game.

    ==================================

    He said best DEFENSIVE coach, not HEAD coach. And Ryan probably is the best DEFENSIVE coach. If not him, than who? Not Belichick after that abomination of a defense he fielded the past could of years, same with Capers. Mike Nolan hasn’t done a thing since leaving Baltimore. Mike Zimmerman is very good, but not in conversation for the best. Chuck Pagano is a one year wonder so far.

    IMO that leaves Rex, Wade Phillips and Dick LeBeau. You can argue about who is best, but regardless Rex is most likely an upgrade as a defensive coach on your team.

  11. dtr3e says: Jul 28, 2012 9:30 PM

    A good coach doesn’t throw his players under a bus??? Damn! Parcells was not a good coach then. I remember quite well him referring to Terry Glenn as “she” and he wouldn’t talk about “that player” (T.O).

  12. lippy4246 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:32 PM

    Ryan is the type of coach a fan loves. Honest about his team to the fans and the media, and confident in his own abilities.
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    Actually Tom Coughlin is the type of coach fans love. He wins Super Bowls, multiple Super Bowls while Rex wins the Snoopy Bowl. Congrats there Rexy!

  13. newyorkfootballjets says: Jul 28, 2012 9:34 PM

    If the head coach throwing you under the bus isnt motivation , i dont know what is. He decides your fate and if he is disappointed you better step it up.

  14. 13fitzj says: Jul 29, 2012 12:25 AM

    I’m a Jets fan and I love Rex I really do, but there is no way (at this point in his career) that you can HONESTLY say that he is a better defensive coach than Dick Lebeau or even Belichick. Lebeau is obvious and Belichick, despite putting out AWFUL defenses the past couple years, won his rings with defense (I don’t buy into the thought of cheating being the “only” reason they won) and has been consistently ahead of the curve in terms of utilizing a 4-3 or a 3-4 (always opting for the less popular so as to have a greater number of players to choose from). That is all.

  15. joetoronto says: Jul 29, 2012 6:40 AM

    When you have Sanchez and Tebow as your QB’s, you should NEVER blame your WR’s for anything.

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