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Jeremy Kerley waived by Jets

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets announced they have waived wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.

Kerley was coming off a four game suspension. The league gave the Jets a special roster exemption that allowed them to carry Kerley as a 54th player. That expired today so the team had to make a decision. Noncommittal comments Todd Bowles made last week and the team’s decision to not activate him for Week 15 against the Saints seemed ominous. Ultimately, the Jets decided to move in a different direction.

This was Kerley’s second stint with the Jets. He was originally a fifth round pick in 2011. He led the team in receiving a couple of times in his first stint, an accomplishment that was far less impressive than it sounds when you look at the receiver depth and Kerley’s numbers on those teams.

The Jets brought him back just before the start of the season. The result were underwhelming as Kerley registered only 22 receptions, 217 yards, and 1 touchdown to go with a four game suspension. The Jets presumably want to give their younger receivers extra playing time over the last two games, which leaves no room for Kerley.