Last month, Jeremy Kerley suffered a rather grim dislocation of his elbow but according to the wide receiver he’s ready to take the field again this Sunday against the Raiders.
Jeremy Kerley says he expects to play Sunday.—
Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) December 06, 2013
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt’s the best news the Jets have had in a while. The return of Kerley doesn’t fix everything, but it will certainly have a positive effect.
While the Jets 2013 receivers aren’t going to win any awards, there’s enough blame to spread around for everyone. There’s been inconsistent play at the receiver spot, but the protection issues Winters is causing and Geno’s inability to make proper progressions or look off coverage aren’t helping matters.
Adding a solid slot target like Kerley back into the mix has the potential to do a few things. First, it should give Geno some better hot read options and because of that we might see the quarterback get the ball out of his hand a bit quicker because of it, thereby negating the ugly play of Brian Winters.
Antonio Cromartie talks about his teammate, rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the status of the Jets.
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All players are expected to be available to play on Sunday.
Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Jeremy Kerley are all probable to play against the Raiders.
TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET
Join us at 2:00pm ET for our weekly TJB chat.
In order to access the room, you must now sign up for a chatzy account at Chatzy.com – click where it says log in/sign up in the top right hand corner. Obviously if you registered already, you can log into your existing account. You will then be able to access the room at the usual address – Chatzy.com/TJB where this week’s password is oakvsjoke.
Apologies for this extra requirement, but it will allow us to moderate the chat more effectively and prevent any abuse or vulgarity. The action gets underway at 2:00pm ET.
Note: The chat room will also be open for Sunday’s game.
The Jets approached David Garrard about returning in 2014 (Hubbuch).
Garrard said that he appreciated the Jets bringing him back out of retirement, but told Hubbuch “It’s Geno’s team.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comI have no idea what to make of this. Does this mean that the team is already set on sticking with Geno in 2014? I just don’t think that a guy who has been out of the league for as long as Garrard has can truly offer any actual production on the field should it come to that and asking him back in 2014 already is confounding. No offense, but it would almost make more sense to see if he wants to return as an assistant coach.
Of course, just because they asked him back doesn’t mean that he would be a guaranteed player on the 53 man roster come September.
You can’t always measure a guy’s greatness just by what he does on the field. The things he has brought to us off the field are just as important. And they may not manifest themselves right now, but in the future and down the road this will be a positive thing for the New York Jets.”
–Dennis Thurman on Ed Reed’s addition to the team
Last week, Jets cornerback Dee Milliner was benched by Rex Ryan after missing a tackle of Dolphins WR Mike Wallace resulted in a touchdown, sinking the Jets deeper into their 23-3 loss.
With Milliner’s performance sending him to the bench, reporters asked defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman this week whether or not the rookie would start this week against the Raiders. Thurman told the press that “yep” Milliner would be back in the starting lineup, but as to whether or not Milliner would be back to the bench by game’s end?
“We’ll see … you take away that one play in the game, and he actually played a really good game. But you can’t take that one play away,” Thurman explained. “It affects his overall performance. And it affects the overall perception of him. But really, he was playing well. He had pass breakups, he actually was tackling pretty well and he misses that one tackle and it goes for a touchdown.”
Thurman explained to reporters that by gauging Milliner’s reaction it would be best to sit him the rest of the game.
“At that point, you’re looking for the reaction of the player,” Thurman recalled of the Milliner benching. “And there’s times where you look at him, you look in his eyes, you say, ‘You know what this is not a good look.’ And you say ‘Let’s make the move.’”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis has been a whole year of Milliner being behind the eight ball. From his pre-draft surgery impacting his offseason training schedule, to his late arrival at training camp, to his play this season the Jets ninth overall pick has had a bumpy season.
So far this season Milliner has missed three games due to injury and he’s also been benched three times. Other players like Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster deserve the opportunity to play more snaps before the season ends, but maybe Thurman is onto something.
For some it might sound outlandish to think that Milliner ‘played a good game’ despite the benching. Milliner tallied his highest total of passes defensed (two) on the season and maybe more importantly he seemed in better position to defend passes.
While it wasn’t always successful for Milliner at least he was in place and looking at the pass more regularly for what seemed like the first time this season. Milliner’s season might be a wash, but I am going to isolate these last four games for Milliner against the rest of the season because I think we’re going to see some better improvement in December than we’ve seen all season.