Jeremy Kerley
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Jeremy Kerley

Jeremy Kerley
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Kerley with the Buffalo Bills in 2018
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Position:Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1988-11-08) November 8, 1988 (age 30)
Austin, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Hutto (Hutto, Texas)
College:TCU
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:270
Receiving yards:3,116
Rushing yards:133
Return yards:1,581
Total touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com

Jeremy Dashon Kerley[1] (born November 8, 1988) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist. He played college football at TCU and was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and has also had stints with the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, and Buffalo Bills.

Early years

Kerley attended Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas, where he was a letterman in four sports, Kerley took his high school football team to the state finals in 2005 where he and his team faced Tatum and lost by three points despite a great game performance by Kerley.[2] His letterman included football and baseball.[3] He played pitcher and centerfielder in baseball. At quarterback, Kerley led his football team to its first state championship game as a junior.[2]

As a standout track athlete, Kerley was one of the state's top performers in the jumping events. He was a four-time state finalist in the triple jump. He qualified for the state track meet in the long jump (7.26 m) and triple jump (14.76 m), winning silver medals in both events. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m and 4 × 400 m relay teams.

He was recruited by the University of Texas and Stanford University to play baseball,[4] and by the University of Oklahoma to play football, but ultimately decided to play college football for Texas Christian University.[2]

College career

Kerley was converted to wide receiver and return specialist at TCU after playing quarterback in high school. Following the 2009 season, Kerley was named Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year[5] after breaking the conference record for punt return yards in a season with 563 yards.[4] He had ten touchdown catches, one touchdown pass, and two rushing touchdowns in 2010. He ranked second in the nation in punt returns and third in the nation in kickoff returns.[6]

He was named the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year for the second consecutive year in 2010, as well as second-team All-Mountain West honors at wide receiver.[7] Kerley was one of three finalists in 2010 for the Paul Hornung Award, which honors the most versatile college football player in the nation.[2]

Professional career

Kerley was projected to be drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft  in
(1.77 m)
189 lb
(86 kg)
 in
(0.88 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
Shuttle and 3-cone values from Pro Day workout on March 11, all other values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.[8]

New York Jets

Kerley was selected in the fifth round with the 153rd overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.[9][10] He caught his first career touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez against the New England Patriots on October 9, 2011.

During the home opener against the Buffalo Bills on September 9, 2012, Kerley recorded his first career punt return touchdown. After Tim Tebow requested to be removed from the wildcat formation, Kerley took his place, and threw a 42-yard pass, though the Jets lost to the San Diego Chargers 17-27.[11]

On October 21, 2014, Kerley agreed to a 4-year, $16 million contract extension with $5.4 million guaranteed.

Kerley ended the 2015 season with career-highs in punt returns (48) and punt return yards (411).[12]

On March 9, 2016, Kerley was released by the Jets.[13]

Detroit Lions

On March 21, 2016, Kerley signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.[12]

San Francisco 49ers

On August 29, 2016, the Lions traded Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for guard Brandon Thomas.[14]

Kerley agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension on March 4, 2017.[15] On September 2, 2017, Kerley was released by the 49ers.[16]

New York Jets (second stint)

On September 5, 2017, Kerley re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal.[17] On November 6, 2017, Kerley was suspended for 4 games due to a PED violation.[18] He was released by the Jets on December 18, 2017 after being reinstated from suspension.[19]

Buffalo Bills

On April 16, 2018, Kerley signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[20] He was released by the Bills on September 15, 2018.[21]

Career statistics

Year Team G Rec Tgt Yds Avg Lng TD FD
2011 NYJ 14 29 46 314 10.8 38 1 19
2012 NYJ 16 56 96 827 14.8 66 2 31
2013 NYJ 12 43 72 523 12.2 26 3 30
2014 NYJ 16 38 75 409 10.8 33 1 20
2015 NYJ 16 16 26 152 9.5 25 2 8
2016 SF 16 64 115 667 10.4 33 3 33
2017 NYJ 8 22 27 217 9.9 31 1 8
2018 BUF 1 2 4 7 3.5 4 0 0
Career 99 270 461 3,116 11.5 66 13 141

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Personal life

Kerley's parents are Charlotte and Donald Kerley.[2] Kerley is married to Kristal Juarez and they have three kids, Dae'shon, Y'manni, and Ma'liyah. Kerley also has a cousin that runs professional track with Nike, Fred Kerley and Texas A&M track runner Mylik Kerley.

References

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bennett, Brian (December 30, 2010), TCU's Jeremy Kerley can do it all, ESPN, archived from the original on May 1, 2011, retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Watson, Graham (January 3, 2010). "TCU's Kerley is thinking about baseball". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b Adelson, Andrea (November 2, 2010). "TCU, Utah feature top special teams". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Watson, Graham (December 1, 2009). "TCU dominates all-MWC team". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Adelson, Andrea (March 4, 2011). "Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 12". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ Adelson, Andrea (November 30, 2010). "Andy Dalton headlines MWC awards". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ a b Jeremy Kerley, NFL Draft Scout, archived from the original on May 1, 2011, retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Lange, Randy (April 30, 2011). "Jets Trade Up in Round 5, Take WR Kerley". New York Jets. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Hanzus, Dan (December 23, 2012). "Tim Tebow reportedly asks out of Jets' Wildcat". National Football League. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Lions sign free agent WR Jeremy Kerley". DetroitLions.com. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ Lange, Randy (March 9, 2016). "Jeremy Kerley, Jeff Cumberland Released". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Patra, Kevin (August 28, 2016). "Lions trade wideout Jeremy Kerley to 49ers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (March 4, 2017). "Jeremy Kerley agrees to three-year deal with 49ers". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "49ers Cut Roster Down to 53 Players". 49ers.com. September 2, 2017.
  17. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (September 5, 2017). "Jets Sign WR-KR Jeremy Kerley". NewYorkJets.com.
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Jeremy Kerley suspended 4 games for PED violation". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (December 18, 2017). "Jets Waive WR Jeremy Kerley". NewYorkJets.com.
  20. ^ Brown, Chris (April 16, 2018). "Bills sign Kerley and Palepoi". BuffaloBills.com.
  21. ^ Brown, Chris (September 15, 2018). "Bills promote DT Robert Thomas to the 53-man roster". BuffaloBills.com.
  22. ^ "Jeremy Kerley Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2014.

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