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.
The Bills need depth at wide receiver as much as any team in football, though it's hard to see a journeyman like Kerley -- who produced 22 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown in eight games last season -- suddenly busting out in an offense that's far from high powered. That said, he could get playing time if he makes a good impression given the Bills have just Kelvin Benjamin as a sure thing, with Zay Jones the likely No. 2 starter followed by a whole bunch of question marks. Kerley also has the ability to help in the return game.
Kerley was waived by the Jets on Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
The Jets took advantage of a roster exemption to keep Kerley around after he served a four-game suspension, but the team ultimately decided he wasn't worth bringing back to the 53-man roster. The 29-year-old slot receiver will probably have a tough time finding work at this stage of the season, though it won't be hard to find a team that's willing to give him a shot next year. Kerley was efficient with his limited workload in eight games this season, catching 22 of 27 targets for 217 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets moved Kerley to their roster exception list earlier this week after he completed his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, Calvin Watkins of Newsday reports.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said a few days ago that the team was still pondering Kerley's future with the organization, and it appears that remains the case as Sunday's game against the Saints approaches. Kerley resumed practicing Wednesday, but because the Jets were granted a roster exemption, the team won't have to make a decision on his fate until next Monday at 4 p.m. EST. If Bowles does decide that he wants Kerley to play this weekend, the receiver would have to be added to the 53-man roster at some point Saturday.
Kerley is eligible to be reinstated from his four-game suspension, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Kerley was handed the suspension in early November for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. There is no guarantee the Jets even bring the 29-year-old back onto the 53-man roster, but even if he is activated, the loss of quarterback Josh McCown to a broken hand would mitigate Kerley's already limited fantasy upside.
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|2012||New York Jets||16||7||56||827||14.8||66||2||14||5||31|
|2013||New York Jets||12||8||43||523||12.2||26||3||7||0||30|
|2014||New York Jets||16||7||38||409||10.8||33||1||3||0||20|
|2015||New York Jets||16||1||16||152||9.5||25||2||2||0||8|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||16||13||64||667||10.4||33||3||8||0||33|
|2017||New York Jets||8||2||22||217||9.9||31||1||2||0||13|
|2011||New York Jets||14||1||5||28||5.6||16||0||0||1|
|2012||New York Jets||16||7||5||8||1.6||5||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||12||8||4||11||2.8||8||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||7||4||86||21.5||37||0||2||2|
|2015||New York Jets||16||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||16||13||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||8||2||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Jets||14||1||1||1||100.0||41||41.00||41||0||0||0/0||1||1||118.8|
|2012||New York Jets||16||7||1||1||100.0||42||42.00||42||0||0||0/0||1||1||118.8|
|2013||New York Jets||12||8||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2014||New York Jets||16||7||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2015||New York Jets||16||1||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
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|2017||New York Jets||8||2||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2011||New York Jets||14||1||15||15.0||15||0||0|
|2012||New York Jets||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||12||1||19||19.0||19||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||1||12||12.0||12||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||32||16.0||20||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Jets||14||29||16||317||10.9||53||0||5|
|2012||New York Jets||16||19||36||208||10.9||68||1||2|
|2013||New York Jets||12||13||5||115||8.8||24||0||1|
|2014||New York Jets||16||25||13||199||8.0||41||0||2|
|2015||New York Jets||16||48||19||411||8.6||58||0||2|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||16||21||36||158||7.5||26||0||3|
|2017||New York Jets||8||16||9||85||5.3||15||0||0|
|2011||New York Jets||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Jets||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||8||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||New York Jets||16||4||3||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|2013||New York Jets||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Jets||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||16||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||16||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Jets||8||3||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|