Cutting Kerley was one of the more questionable moves the Bills have made in recent weeks. The best receiver during the Baltimore game, Kerley was cut to make room for a depth defensive tackle the next week. Yes, a depth defensive tackle was more important to the team than a starting slot receiver on a team with an already weak receiving group and a rookie quarterback making his first career start.
Regardless of what happened then, Kerley is still a free agent now and it would be easy to get him back onto the team without missing a beat. Kerley already knows the offense, would be cheap, would be an upgrade and everyone already knows him.
Kerley caught two passes for seven yards in Week 1 against Baltimore. He is currently eight receptions behind Zay Jones for the team lead in receptions and five behind supposed number one receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Again, he can step right back into his starting role if the team were to sign him today.
For those who are not familiar with Kerley’s production in previous seasons and just know the name, he has been a fairly good slot receiver throughout his career. He spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Jets before going to San Francisco for a year and then back to the Jets last season.
His one year in San Fran was his best in terms of receptions (64) and touchdowns (3) while his second year with the Jets was his best in terms of yards (827). He has never been a number one or number two receiver, but he is a reliable option in the slot. With teams discovering that they can blitz Allen to get him off his game, having a reliable weapon in the middle of the field would be a major part of the passing game for the Bills.