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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Jeremy Kerley, secret superstar

By Rich Cimini

The web site, ProFootballFocus.com, has named WR/PR Jeremy Kerley as the Jets' "secret superstar." PFF, which relies heavily on statistics, picks a secret star for every team, looking for unheralded players with surprising numbers.

Most fans recognize Kerley's ability as a slot receiver, but PFF dropped an interesting stat that highlights his under-rated ability as a vertical threat. To wit:

His slot performance improved in almost every category -- he ranked 12th in Catch Rate, fourth in Yards per Route Run (1.97) and fifth in Drop Rate (2 drops on 67 targets). He was also very impressive in the deep passing game where he ranked first in Catch Rate (at least 25% deep targets) by catching 10 of 15 passes with no drops and over 30 yards per reception. Kerley looked like the best skill player on the roster, and he will be asked to keep that level for the next season.

Let's be honest, there weren't many secret stars on last year's team. We're not counting Tim Tebow, who became a secret because he barely got a chance to play. The only other candidates were RT Austin Howard and DT Mike DeVito, but he was a previous winner. Kerley is a worthy honoree. Not bad, considering he began the season in Rex Ryan's dog house.