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Returning WR Jeremy Kerley Is The Key Man For Jets Against The Raiders

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By Tyson Rauch

The New York Jets struggling offense will be getting a much needed boost on Sunday as Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, and Kellen Winslow have been cleared to play. Holmes and Winslow both saw limited action last week while Kerley will be on the field for the first time in over a month.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates at the end of the Jets 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

(Credit, Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Kerley is the key

The return of wide receiver Jeremy Kerley should provide offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg with the ability to loosen up the playbook for Geno Smith. Kerley is a reliable, dynamic playmaker out of the slot position who will demand coverage and open up plays on the outside and down the field. This has been an aspect of the Jets offense that has been sorely missed the last three games.

Holmes is healthy?

According to New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, wide receiver Santonio Holmes will see increased action on Sunday. Holmes is the Jets most polished receiver and could provide Geno Smith with another threat in the passing game. Santonio has a knack for making big plays, especially on third down, an area where the Jets have been dreadful lately.

Get Winslow the ball

If Kellen Winslow is indeed healthy, Mornhinweg and company have to find ways to get him the football. Winslow is a big target that can consistently make plays in the west coast offense. For whatever reason, the tight end position has been left out of prior game plans and this needs to change if the New York Jets want to get out of their offensive funk.

Questionable

  • WR Stephen Hill (knee)

Probable

  • CB Antonio Cromartie (hip)
  • WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow)
  • TE Kellen Winslow (knee)
  • G Willie Colon (calf)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist)
  • WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring)
  • DT Kenrick Ellis (back)
  • C Nick Mangold (wrist)
  • RB Chris Ivory (ankle)
  • WR Greg Salas (finger)
  • QB Geno Smith (wrist)
  • CB Dee Milliner (wrist)
  • WR Stephen Hill (knee)

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Tyson Rauch is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.