New York Jets slot receiver Jeremy Kerley hasn't played so far in the preseason due to an injured hamstring. Kerley emerged as the team's slot receiver as a rookie last season when the team shipped disgruntled veteran Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans. He showed signs of having a very bright future in the slot, but the hamstring injury has left him out of the loop in practices and games to this point. He did participate in team drills yesterday and is expected to be a game-time decision this Sunday when the Jets host the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium.
The New York Jets haven't scored a touchdown this preseason, with some pointing towards a combination of factors including the absence of Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes from the first team offense. Both Kerley and Holmes have started participating in practice this week, though it is still unclear if either will suit up on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers.
Kerley caught 29 passes for 314 yards and one touchdown last season as a rookie. He also averaged 10.9 yards per punt return, added five rushes for 28 yards and tossed a 41-yard pass to Matt Mulligan in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins last season.
Holmes is hoping to bounce back from a season full of turmoil, much of it created by him. His strained relationship with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer seemed to spill over into his relationship with Mark Sanchez as frustration mounted during the season. With 51 catches for 654 yards, 2011 was easily his worst in the NFL. Holmes did catch eight touchdowns, but his overall production took a steep fall from what is expected of him.
Whether or not they play this Sunday, Kerley and Holmes are expected to be ready for week one versus the Buffalo Bills barring any setbacks. Chaz Schilens is not expected to play this Sunday.
In other injury news, Joe McKnight has been having some problems with his shins. It's unclear if it will impact his status for this week or into the future.
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