Kerley's missed three games this season: Week 2 at New England, Week 11 at Buffalo and Week 12 at Baltimore. In those three games QB
In the other eight games, Smith’s passer rating skyrockets to 77.0 with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he completes 60.3% of his passes. We’re 0-3 without J.K., 5-3 with him.
Might these numbers be explained by the fact that all three of those lesser performances were on the road? Might it be complete coincidence? Perhaps. But coming off a game in which our team converted just once on third down, it’s clear that the addition of Jeremy Kerley, who stills leads the team with 28 receptions and 347 receiving yards, would be very welcomed.
“I think when we all saw the injury we’d say there’s no way,” Rex said of Kerley’s chances for returning soon. “We’re going to see how comfortable he is. He tried the week before, he wasn’t able to go, but he was pushing himself like crazy. He probably pushed himself too much. Hopefully he doesn’t take any steps back and he’s able to play.”
If for no other reason, Jeremy wants to return to game action because “it’s too cold on the sideline,” he said with a smile in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center locker room today.
“It’s been hard, especially because we’re trying to make this playoff run,” Kerley said of sitting out. “Just talking with the guys and everybody’s hurting, so you want to suck it up a little bit, but I’ve got to do what’s best for me, just make sure I’m able to get back out there at 100 percent if I can do that.”
After what looked like a potential season-ending injury, the fact that we’re even talking about Kerley returning at all is very encouraging. Meanwhile, he’ll continue to “try to keep playing with it, keep practicing with it,” he said. “It’s Wednesday, take it to Thursday, Friday, try to practice fully and see how it feels and then make a decision.”