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49ers list Jeremy Kerley as starter at wide receiver, punt returner

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 01:  Jeremy Kerley #11 of the New York Jets makes a catch for 23-yards against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on November 1, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The 49ers acquired Jeremy Kerley last week by trading a guard who wasn’t even going to make their team, Brandon Thomas, to the Lions. Thomas didn’t make the Lions’ roster either, but Kerley is a starter. At two positions.

The 49ers’ unofficial depth chart lists Kerley as a starter at both wide receiver and punt returner.

Kerley played his entire five-year career with the Jets before going to the Lions this offseason. Last year he was largely phased out of the offense, with a career-low 16 catches for 152 yards, although he remained the Jets’ primary punt returner.

The 49ers list Kerley as one of three starting receivers, along with Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton. The depth chart has Carlos Hyde as starting running back and Vance McDonald as starting tight end. There are no fullbacks in Chip Kelly’s offense.

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13 Responses to “49ers list Jeremy Kerley as starter at wide receiver, punt returner”
  1. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says: Sep 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    Good player but pretty fragile.

  2. Seprix says: Sep 7, 2016 10:37 AM

    Seems like a pretty good trade for the 49ers.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 7, 2016 10:42 AM

    This is not a good sign.

  4. doubleb31 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    Yikes

  5. DaveKShape says: Sep 7, 2016 10:48 AM

    3 years ago this would have been filed in the “Chip’s a genius!” folder. Nowadays…

  6. sbmcintosh36 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:52 AM

    Terrible punt returner and average at best WR and he’s penciled in as a starter ,this is not a good sign of things to come 49ers fans

  7. sameer1138 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:57 AM

    Good thing there are no fullbacks in Chip Kelly’s offense, because there are no fullbacks on the team — with Bruce Miller getting suspended and all.

    And relax, 49ers fans, about Kerley’s role. He’s the slot receiver. He’s not the focal point of the offense.

  8. eazeback says: Sep 7, 2016 11:01 AM

    yea their fullback was arrested for beating up a 70 year old and his son….

  9. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 11:06 AM

    Now where are the other 2 stooges in Santa Clara

  10. styx630 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:13 AM

    He’s a good slot receiver, but his return skills leave a LOT to be desired.

  11. decon49 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:14 AM

    They cut him.

  12. lionsfan123 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    Doesn’t sound good for SF…Typically guys that can’t make the Lions are on their way out of the league…not on their way to starting elsewhere.

    Oh well! Go Lions!

  13. omeimontis says: Sep 7, 2016 7:22 PM

    He has only been a Niner for 2 weeks, and he has to learn the playbook in such a short time, knowing all the playcalling signals. That is amazing.

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