A Look into the Rabbit Hole: Janoris Jenkins vs. Jeremy Kerley
Week eleven the New York Jets visit the St. Louis Rams in a match up of two teams still looking to figure out their teams identity. The 3-6 Jets are in a tailspin right now with a lot of media attention focused on their quarterback situation. Meanwhile, the 3-5-1 Rams are coming off a tie with the NFC West division leading San Francisco 49ers.
Janoris Jenkins didn’t play last week against the 49ers after he reportedly missed a team practice. There still is no word on whether or not Jenkins will once again be a healthy scratch against the Jets. In the latest from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher would not clarify further on whether or not Jenkins will play this weekend.
If Jenkins plays this weekend he will likely find himself lined up against the Jets Jeremy Kerley. On the season, Kerley has 35 catches for 535 yards and two touchdowns. The young Jets receiver has had an up and down year, but poses the biggest threat to the Rams secondary.
According to DraftAce.com Kerley has excellent acceleration and quickness. At 5’9, Kerley relies heavily on his quickness to catch passes in the slot. Kerley hurts opponents in the same way the Patriots Wes Welker does. Kerley will beat opponents underneath coming across the middle and pick up yards after the catch.
Jenkins is going to need to stop Kerley at the line of scrimmage. If Kerley is given too much space at the line of scrimmage he can cause problems for defenses. Although Kerley isn’t a household name yet, he has shown he can be a threat underneath. Despite the Jets limitations at the quarterback position, Jenkins and the Rams defense can’t take them lightly. Jenkins is coming off a couple rough performances so he needs to show he can shut down Kerley and the Jets wide receivers.