The Bills signed wide receiver/returner Jeremy Kerley to a one-year contract on Monday. Here are five things to know about Kerley:
In the slot: Kerley has spent most of his career as a slot receiver. He has recorded 268 catches for 3,109 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per reception, with 13 touchdowns. His most productive season in terms of yardage was 2012 when he had 827 receiving yards on 56 receptions.
Special teams: He also has experience as a punt returner. His first career return for a touchdown came in 2012 against the Bills, on a 68-yard runback. He has averaged 8.7 yards per punt return on 171 returns and 15.6 per kickoff on 78 returns. While at TCU, he was a two-time Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year.
Vs. the Bills: Having spent most of his career with the Jets, Kerley has faced the Bills in 10 games. He was targeted 39 times, with 23 receptions for 291 yards (12.7 average) and one touchdown.
"Ghosts"?: Kerley served a four-game NFL suspension last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. "There's a lot of ghosts around here. Ghost put it in there," he told NorthJersey.com upon his return from suspension. "You know, the ghost of Christmas past? ... I don't know." He was released by the Jets in mid-December shortly after being reinstated.
On the move: Kerley signed a four-year extension worth $16 million in October 2014, but was released in March 2016. He signed with Detroit at the start of free agency and then was traded to San Francisco late in the preseason. After one season with the 49ers, he signed a three-year, $10.5 million extension but was released in final roster cutdowns before the season began. He rejoined the Jets on a one-year deal the next day.