FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Derrick Mason's loss was Jeremy Kerley's gain.
The Jets acted on their plan to get the rookie receiver more involved in the action Sunday against the Patriots and Kerley ran with his opportunity, catching three passes for 35 yards and hauling in his first career touchdown. The catches were also the first of his career.
"It was something I was ready for and something I had been preparing myself for all camp, for a big game like this," Kerley said.
Mason, who usually is one of the team's top three receivers, saw a decline in his snaps this weekend because the team wanted to give Kerley "a few more shots," according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Kerley said he had been working toward seeing more playing time on the field this week and he was ready for the increased action.
On his touchdown, he found space in the back of the endzone and hauled in a nine-yard catch to cut the Patriots lead to 17-14 early in the third quarter.
"Obviously it brought us back a little closer so I was in the moment, first touchdown, first catch for a touchdown, I was ecstatic," Kerley said.