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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan: “This is as Healthy as We’ve Been in a Long Time”

December 6th, 2013 at 11:05 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets are staying positive despite three consecutive losses, their spirits buoyed by a strong week of practice and good news on the injury report. The team did downgrade wide receiver Stephen Hill from probable to questionable, but he is the only player currently listed as questionable. Every other player on the injury report is listed as probable, including wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. Rex Ryan doesn't expect Jeremy Kerley to be limited on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

'New York Jets Receiver Santonio Holmes' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The New York Jets offense is hoping to get back on track with some key players getting healthy, especially Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. Geno Smith needs help from his skill players as he fights to get break his string of poor play. Jeremy Kerley is especially important to the Jets offense and Geno Smith, as a reliable target who can create separation and also create yardage after the catch.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan knows that Jeremy Kerley being near full speed is a big deal:

"He’s a difference maker for us. He’s a guy that can get separation against man coverage," Ryan explained in his press conference today. "He’s got great hands. [He’s] precise with his route running. He’s elusive."

Santonio Holmes will play, though Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that he would be limited. Ryan reiterated that the team will be smart in managing his playing time on Sunday, but Santonio Holmes will have more of a presence this week. That, along with Jeremy Kerley's improved health, should help the Jets put stress on the defense in ways they haven't the past few weeks.

While Geno Smith will be happy to see Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes getting close to playing at full strength, the Oakland Raiders will still present a unique challenge for him. The Raiders typically send a wide variety of blitzes over the course of a game, which will test Smith's ability to diagnose what the defense is doing and make proper checks at the line of scrimmage.

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Tags: Football, Geno Smith, injury report, Jeremy Kerley, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Oakland Raiders, offense, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill

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