Kerley was released Saturday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. This is a bit of a strange move for a team with such a questionable and unproven group of wide receivers, with the veteran Kerley earning the No. 3 slot job with a decent summer. The youth movement in Buffalo continues, as the team will use a now healthy Ray-Ray McCloud as its fifth wideout for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Kerley may not have that tough a time finding employment elsewhere.
Kerley caught two of four targets for just seven yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. Kerley, the team's No. 3 wideout who works primarily out of the slot, saw action on 69 percent of the offensive snaps, far more than No. 4 option Robert Foster (25 percent) and No. 5 option Andre Holmes (17 percent). That said, Kerley isn't much of a red-zone threat and is at best the fifth option in a stinky offense, leaving his expected production on the low side each week.
Kerley caught his only target for 18 yards during Sunday's preseason loss to the Bengals. Kerley is almost certain to make the team given the Bills don't have many other viable slot options, plus the veteran has good punt-return skills. He projects to begin the season in that No. 3 slot role, which should keep him on the field in many of the team's packages. Kelvin Benjamin and perhaps even Zay Jones look like better fantasy options for now, however.
Kerley, Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes took the snaps with the first team during Friday's training camp practice, Mark Gaughn of The Buffalo News reports. Starter Zay Jones is still recovering from a knee injury, but he's expected to man an outside spot and Kerley remains the clear favorite for the No. 3 slot role. The Bills had a horrible passing offense last season and aren't expected to be an offensive juggernaut this season either, but starting roles have value in deeper leagues irrespective of team and circumstance. Kerley could potentially see solid volume if Jones continues to struggle and Benjamin sees constant double-teams.
Kerley could be a leading candidate to open the season as the Bills' No. 3 receiver, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports. The only sure thing in Buffalo's receiving corps is that Kelvin Benjamin is top dog; after that, anything can happen in Brian Daboll's new offense. Second-year man Zay Jones (knee) is presumably in line to earn the No. 2 job if he proves healthy in training camp and demonstrates improvement from his rookie campaign. The two other veterans in the mix -- Rod Streater and Andre Holmes -- would likely be best suited working on the outside, leaving Kerley as the top option in the slot unless the Bills elect to try out Jones at that spot. With all that in mind, Kerley's chances of making the team appear strong, especially after factoring in the experience he offers in the return game.
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