With Plaxico Burress’ three touchdown receptions, Shonn Greene’s breakout rushing game and Mark Sanchez’s highly-productive afternoon Sunday, one important factor in the New York Jets’ offensive performance that shouldn't be overlooked was rookie wideout Jeremy Kerley's impact on third down.
Three of Kerley's four receptions in the Jets’ 27-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers were for first downs. Not only that, but they were on third-down plays.
He made a nice grab on third-and-5 during the Jets’ late first-half hurry-up drive. Even though the Jets didn’t get a quick score before halftime, he showed his reliability, which came in handy later on.
Sanchez connected with Kerley for 10 yards on another third-and-5 in the third quarter, and Kerley picked up the next first down on the same drive, that time on an 8-yard reception on a third-and-7. That drive ended in a Burress score.
The Jets were 8-for-13 on third down.
Kerley, who replaced the traded Derrick Mason two weeks ago, had five total receptions prior to Sunday.
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