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EA Q&A: Kerley & Stacy Could Play Bigger Roles

Posted Sep 25, 2015

Dealing with Injuries at WR, the Jets Have Targets Ready to Step Up

EA: No. And surely you can’t be serious with that spelling. Revis – the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week - was limited in practice Thursday with the groin injury. The Jets are taking it day-to-day with Revis, but the club is hopeful he’ll be ready to roll Sunday vs. the Eagles.


EA: Yes. We have to do this.



EA: The Jets are dealing with a pair of injuries at the WR position. Chris Owusu had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Thursday and he is expected to miss three weeks. Eric Decker is dealing with a knee ailment and has not practice this week. Lining up in the slot, Decker was a huge issue for the Colts in the first half Monday night. If he can’t go in Week 3, the Jets could turn to Kerley and Devin Smith. The 5’9”, 188-pound Kerley has caught 166 balls and 7 TDs throughout the course of his career. While not a big presence, he possess good feet and sticky hands. He could definitely see an increased role on Sunday. Meanwhile Smith has a couple of weeks of practice under his belt and it’s possible the rookie vertical threat could make his pro debut on Sunday.


EA: Walter Powell, a current member of the practice squad, is a candidate to be called-up this weekend. The Jets also could go to with either Bilal Powell or Zac Stacy back deep. The other thing to consider here is Eagles K Cody Parkey possesses a big leg and touchbacks are often the norm so early in the season.


EA: Could make his debut Sunday. If he does, the Jets could use the rookie on special teams – at gunner.


EA: Just saw him in the locker room yesterday. Stacy, who was active against the Colts, appeared in two special teams play. Chris Ivory, who didn’t practice Thursday with a groin ailment, may come down to a Sunday decision. To this point, both Ivory and Bilal Powell have performed well. But depth is a good thing and Stacy could see a more significant role against the Eagles. Ryan Fitzpatrick is completing 63.8% of his passes with 4 TDs and his two picks were in plus-territory. The Jets only have two tight ends on their roster – Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis – and they’ve both been asked to block quite a bit. No need to panic there. Game plans will change week-to-week and I suspect Cumberland will get his touches down the road.


EA: Ridley is on the PUP list. After suffering a torn ACL last October, the former Patriot will miss at least the first six games of the season but does not count against the Jets’ 53-man roster.


EA: How can I consider a trade when I don’t even know what your profession is? I have a wonderful job, work with some tremendous people and get to interact with a passionate fan base. I am indeed blessed. (But how much you make?)


EA: I expect him here. Smith has resumed participating in team activities and he could be Fitzpatrick’s backup as early as Sunday.


EA: If I could answer that question, I’d probably spend a lot of time in Vegas and out of the National Football League. Enjoy the game and drive safe.


EA: Yes. The Jets will release some information early next week, so follow me on twitter: @eallenjets. Also the league already has some cool events planned like including this fan rally at Trafalgar Square: http://www.nfluk.com/events/fan-rally.html.



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