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March 23 2018, 03:19 | Van Peters
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The New York Jets brought back veteran Jeremy Kerley on Tuesday in an effort to revamp a wide receiver corps that has been beset by injuries and suspensions this offseason.
The Jetssigned WR Jeremy Kerley and waived FB Julian Howsare. The Lions traded him to the 49ers, where he played the 2016 season. He returned to the club in the spring on a new three-year, $10.5-million contract.
However, he apparently didn't fit new head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.
On a team that could use additional at receiver, Kerley has the opportunity to make an instant impact. He's averaged 9.1 yards per punt return on 155 attempts including one touchdown.
Kerley recorded 65 catches, 667 yards, and 3 touchdowns on 115 targets last season with the 49ers.
The release of Kerley meant the 49ers won't be keeping any of their receivers or quarterbacks from last season's passing attack that ranked dead last in the National Football League averaging 182 yards per game.
Kerley's return comes days after NY recently acquired receiver Jermaine Kearse in a trade with the Seahawks that sent standout defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle. By his final season in NY in 2015, Kerley's role in the offense had diminished, and the Hutto, Texas native caught a single-season career-low 16 passes for 152 yards and two scores.