Kerley signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Kerley appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers during the 2016 season after coming over from the Jets, finishing his campaign with 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns on 115 targets. He was also involved in kick and punt return duties, while serving as the No. 2 option at receiver behind Torrey Smith. Kerley expects to play a similar role in 2017, although there remains some uncertainty as to who will be the starting quarterback in San Francisco.
Kerley converted eight targets into six catches for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to Seattle. Kerley looked like a shrewd low-price pickup early this season, but never really found much of a groove once Colin Kaepernick took over at quarterback, scoring just once in 11 games and never topping 71 yards with his new quarterback. The veteran still managed to garner career-highs in catches and targets and re-enters free agency as a solid complementary weapon.
Kerley nabbed five of nine targets for 62 yards in Sunday's win over the Rams. Kerley grabbed a key, leaping 17-yard completion early in the 49ers' fourth-quarter drive to make it a one-score game. Kerley has had some highs this season, including a two-game stretch against Dallas and Arizona in which he caught 14 total passes for 190 yards and two scores. There have been plenty of lows too, however, but Kerley seems determined to end the season on a high note. The diminutive receiver has now caught five passes in three straight games.
Kerley caught five of eight targets for just 28 yards in Sunday's 41-13 loss at Atlanta. Kerley actually led the 49ers in receptions and targets, as Colin Kaepernick mainly used short throws to finish with just 183 yards on 33 attempts. With Torrey Smith (concussion) inactive, Kerley missed an opportunity to produce. He'll try to rebound in Week 16 against the Rams.
Kerley grabbed five of his eight targets for a team-high 50 yards in Sunday's overtime loss to the Jets. Torrey Smith went down with a concussion and Kerley stepped up to fill a larger role for the remainder of the game. Smith's concussion looked fairly serious, and the veteran wideout had to be carted off the field. His availability for next Sunday's tilt against the Falcons will determine whether Kerley will see an expanded role in Week 14 or not. Even if he were the top receiving option for Colin Kaepernick next week, it would be tough to recommend him outside of deep PPR formats.
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