The Baltimore Ravens have worked out former New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. Kerley was cut by the Jets this past offseason.
Kerley, 29, has had some productive years in his NFL career. Kerley was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian University.
In 2012, he started seven games for the Jets and played in all 16, ending the year with 56 catches for 827 yards and two touchdowns, his most productive season of his career so far.
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Generally, Kerley played as a second wide receiver on the Jets, behind Brandon Marshall on the depth chart for awhile, and later Eric Decker, typically only starting as the number one receiver when Marshall or Decker was injured.
After the 2016 season, Kerley was released by the Jets and signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions shortly after. The Lions then traded Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers for offensive lineman Brandon Thomas.
He spent the 2016 season as one of the 49ers top receivers, starting in 13 games, and ending the year with 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns. In March of 2017, Kerley signed a three-year, $10.5 million extension with the 49ers, but was released by the team before the season began.
Kerley then signed back with the Jets but was suspended for four games on November 6 of this year for violating the NFL’s PED policy. The Jets released him after he was reinstated from his suspension.
Kerley has had some impressive performances, however, including his Week 7 game of the 2012 season against the New England Patriots when he caught seven balls for 120 yards. He’s a fast, athletic receiver who can be a viable threat down the field.
It makes sense that the Baltimore Ravens would be working out Kerley, as they’ve had some problems in their receiving corps. Jeremy Maclin has been dealing with injury issues, and aside from Mike Wallace, the team doesn’t have much else.
Chris Moore has been playing some games for the Ravens as their second receiver when Maclin is out, with some work heading to Michael Campanaro and Breshad Perriman, but none of them are particularly special players. Campanaro and Perriman also come with injury histories.
Despite this, the Baltimore Ravens have offensively been one of the best teams in the NFL since Week 7, mostly thanks to the excellent play of running back Alex Collins, but also due in part to their improved passing offense. Adding a receiver like Kerley for depth would make sense as the team looks towards the playoffs.