WR Jeremy Kerley, who the Jets signed on Tuesday, participated in practice with the Jets on Wednesday.
Kerley, 28, spent last season with the 49ers, where he caught 64 passes for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He signed a three-year extension with the 49ers in March but was cut over the weekend.
"I didn't want to be anywhere else. …This is the place where I felt the most comfortable," Kerley told reporters Wednesday. "At the end of the day, it was kind of the perfect fit."
He was originally drafted by the Jets in 2011, and spent the 2011 through 2015 seasons with them before joining the 49ers.
"It's not that he couldn't play, he just didn't fit in the scheme we were running," head coach Todd Bowles said. "And now that we're running the [current] scheme we're running, we have a little different game plan on how to use the slot receiver and he fits that role."
Kerley's best season with the Jets came in 2012, when he caught 56 passes for 827 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jets acquired WR Jermaine Kearse last week in exchange for DE Sheldon Richardson. Kearse joined a wide receiver corps that lost Quincy Enunwa to a season-ending injury after veteran receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker were released during the offseason.
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Kerley wasn't a fit in Chan Gailey's offense, but we can expect him to fare better in John Morton's scheme because he caught a career-high 64 passes last season in what's expected to be basically the same system in San Francisco.
Moreover, he brings the team some veteran experience and is another player who should be a good locker room influence. He also provides them with another option to return punts and perhaps kickoffs.
This move, coupled with the recent Jermaine Kearse acquisition, provides the Jets with a couple of established options. This will enable them to ease rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen into a role, rather than having to throw them into the fire right away. On special teams, there might be a similar situation developing with youngster Kalif Raymond, whom the Jets claimed last weekend.