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WR Jermaine Kearse - New York Jets

6-1, 209Born: 2-6-1990College: WashingtonDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Kearse is vying for the garbage time crown with a second score once the game was out of hand against the Raiders. It's not a terrible recipe for fantasy production, but Kearse might not be consistent, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins is coming back next week. You could do worse for a spot start or emergency depth.

Week 3: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Tough matchup. It's hard to find a less-inspiring passing game than that of the Jets. Take the fact that 38-year-old Josh McCown, he of the career 78.2 passer rating and 3.2% interception rate, is their runaway top option to start under center. Or, consider that Seahawks castoff Jermaine Kearse, ideally a special-teams ace and run-blocking WR3, has been by far the team's most efficient receiver. Altogether, this is an offense that's produced just 176.5 passing yards per game, and a pitiful 4.73 adjusted yards per attempt. There's a glint of optimism, at least, in the return of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from suspension. Considering his natural abilities and the team's yard-sale level of pass-catching talent, there's a decent chance he emerges as a voluminous splash-play threat out of the gate. His matchup is certainly cherry, fresh off a 2016 that saw the Dolphins destroyed by tight ends. Miami's pass defense was a mixed bag in their 2017 debut. The Dolphins got solid play from cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Maxwell, but their lack of pass rush (three quarterback hits, one sack) allowed Philip Rivers to generally carve up the secondary (31-of-39 passing for a stout 8.49-yard average). Still, this unit is looking at a dream matchup and opportunity to tune up against the woeful Jets offense. On the back end, Howard and Maxwell are absolutely strong enough in man coverage to neutralize the Jets receivers, all of whom are ideally NFL WR3/4 types at best. And Cameron Wake and company will have another crack at pass-rushing success against a poor offensive line. Where the Dolphins are most vulnerable, regardless of matchup, is in defending the tight end position. Over their past 17 games, opposing tight ends have averaged 62.1 yards per game and caught a whopping 11 touchdowns. If Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in game shape, he could create a few mismatches up the seams and in short yardage.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at BUF 55 0 0 0 9 7 59 0 0 5.9
2 at OAK 49 0 0 0 5 4 64 2 0 18.4
3 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 64 / 2 rec)

For the second straight week, Jermaine Kearse was the leading receiver. In fact, Kearse scored both of New York's touchdowns. In the second quarter, McCown hit Kearse on deep sideline route for a 33-yard touchdown. Matched up against the bigger David Amerson, Kearse used his quickness to beat him off the line. As the ball came down, Kearse slightly pushed off before hauling down the touchdown, but no penalty was called. In the fourth quarter, Kearse and McCown hooked up again, beating Amerson (again) on a post-route. Kearse did a nice job beating press at the line of scrimmage, fought for inside position, and hauled in the score.

2017 Week 1 vs BUF (9 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec)

Newly acquired Jermaine Kearse was the leading receiver for New York. Kearse operated out of the slot and split out wide, but primarily drew McCown's eye when operating out of the slot. Kearse had a knack for finding the soft spot in Buffalo's zone coverage, converting easy catches, but not offering much after the catch.

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Latest News

Jets | Jermaine Kearse catches two TDs (Sun Sep 17, 11:02 PM) - New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse finished with four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-20 loss to the New York Jets in Week 2.

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Jets | Jermaine Kearse has decent outing (Sun Sep 10, 06:31 PM) - New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse caught seven of his nine targeted passes for 59 yards in a 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Our View: Kearse has some PPR value, but the fact that he's the leading receiver after the Jets traded for him on the eve of the season shows you where the Jets offense is this year.
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Schedule

3vs Miami Dolphins
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5@ Cleveland Browns
6vs New England Patriots
7@ Miami Dolphins
8vs Atlanta Falcons
9vs Buffalo Bills
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Carolina Panthers
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Denver Broncos
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Los Angeles Chargers
17@ New England Patriots