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Former Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley scheduled to visit Chiefs

Oakland’s Miles Burris tackled the Jets’ Jeremy Kerley during a game in 2014.
Oakland’s Miles Burris tackled the Jets’ Jeremy Kerley during a game in 2014. The Associated Press

The Chiefs are bringing in former Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley for a visit on Friday, a source told The Star.

ESPN reported the news first.

Kerley, 27, was released by the Jets on Wednesday, a move that saved them about $1.3 million on the cap.

A former fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2011, Kerley (who is listed at 5 feet 9 and 188 pounds_ starred as a slot receiver and special-teamer for the first four years of his career, posting career highs in catches (56) and yards (827) in 2012.

He was solid as recently as 2014, when he caught 38 passes for 409 yards, but he saw his production drop last season, when he caught 16 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns under new coach Todd Bowles. Quincy Enunwa, a more physical player, took some of his reps, while Eric Decker, who caught 80 passes for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns, spent plenty of time in the slot after the offseason arrival of No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall.

Kerley, however, remained a solid punt returner in 2015, much like he had the rest of his career. His average of 8.6 yards per return on a career-high 48 attempts ranked 14th in the league, which was a few spots higher than the Chiefs’ De’Anthony Thomas, who ranked 18th in the league with a 7.8-yard average.

Thomas missed the last month of the season due to a concussion and what the team has called a “personal matter,” which puts his status for 2016 up in the air, though Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in January that he anticipates Thomas being ready for the start of offseason workouts in April.

But a player like Kerley boasts a lot of the same skills as Thomas, who was also featured as a slot receiver on offense, which makes the Chiefs’ apparent pursuit of Kerley so interesting.