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Jeremy Kerley deals with being forgotten man

Jeremy Kerley of the New York Jets tries

Jeremy Kerley of the New York Jets tries to come up with a pass in the end zone during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Kerley has gone from a backbone to a bygone in Chan Gailey's new-look offense, but the wide receiver said Wednesday he didn't regret signing a four-year contract extension last October, even if he didn't know then that he'd be spending it with a different coaching staff.

"At the time, that's how I felt,'' Kerley said of his decision to stay with the Jets. "Not to say there's not a lot of love now, but for the coaching staff and for the GM, the guys that were here last year, I didn't know they were going to be gone. I didn't know what the situation was going to be like. I wanted to be here. I still want to be here. I feel like that wouldn't have had [anything] to do with my decision.''

Kerley, who saw his receiving numbers go down last year (38 catches, 409 yards), has been limited to special teams this season. He said he had a sense of his role after the team went over the game plan and in practice. He said no one on the coaching staff has spoken to him about it.

"[I'm] rolling with it,'' he said after practice. "I've kind of been taking it for what it is. I don't have any problem with coach or GM or anybody thinking that somebody is better than me . . . But do I think I can be on the field, putting in work, producing? Of course. I'm always thinking [that]. I'm a ballplayer, so I never think that I should be limited to the sidelines. I don't feel like that. That's not who I am.''

Mauldin return unknown

Rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin did not practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion Sunday. Because he must pass the NFL's post-concussion protocol, it's uncertain when he'll return.

"It could be a week, could be two, could be Monday,'' Todd Bowles said. He added that the team doesn't need another linebacker to replace him, "but if there's one out there, we'll look at him."

Jet streams

Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback turned wide receiver, will work out with the Jets next week, a source told Newsday. Pryor, who was cut by the Browns last week, worked out Monday for the Patriots and also is slated to visit the Seahawks next week, according to . . . The Texans claimed offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, whom the Jets waived Tuesday . . . The team released DL Kevin Vickerson from the injured reserve list.

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