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Jets Training Camp 2012: Rex Ryan Talks About Jeremy Kerley Needing To Step Up

Nobody has ever accused Rex Ryan of being shy when it comes to his opinions.

On Saturday, the New York Jets head coach talked about many topics, but none perhaps more interesting than Jeremy Kerley. The second-year receiver is expected to make a step forward and be a serious contributor this season, but Ryan doesn't sound too confident in that.

"Jeremy (Kerley) needs to step it up, because quite honestly, I was a little disappointed in Jeremy this offseason. He's got to pick up this system, this new system. You have to put time in it."

Ryan however went on to point out Kerley has the ability to make things happen.

"Jeremy's one of the hardest working guys I've seen. Last year, Mike Tannenbaum challenged him to catch 250 balls a day, and he does. Then he'll go and catch 100 punts."

Ryan also talked about last year's failures. Not turning the other cheek to a rough 2011 campaign, Ryan acknowledged Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and he all need to step up.

"We had a poor year, there's no doubt, from Tone (Santonio Holmes), myself, Mark (Sanchez), all of us. You know we want to have a better year this year and we're determined to do so."

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