WR Jermaine Kearse, Detroit Lions

HT: 6-1, WT: 209, Born: 2-6-1990, College: Washington, Drafted: ---

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Heading into training camp, it appears that Jermaine Kearse will compete for the third roster spot on the Seahawks' depth chart at wide receiver. Percy Harvin is the clear-cut number one, and then Doug Baldwin appears to have the inside track on the other starting spot, leaving Kearse to compete primarily with the team's two rookie draft picks for the number three role. Kearse played competently in that role last season behind Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin while Harvin and Rice were out. But in a run-heavy offense, his production in the number three role offered no appreciable fantasy value -- and barring injury to Harvin or Baldwin, Kearse seems on track only to match last season's unfruitful numbers. That makes Kearse a late-round flyer in standard leagues, if he is draftable at all.

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2014 Schedule

1 New York Giants
2at Carolina Panthers
3 Green Bay Packers
4at New York Jets
5 Buffalo Bills
6at Minnesota Vikings
7 New Orleans Saints
8at Atlanta Falcons
Bye week
10 Miami Dolphins
11at Arizona Cardinals
12at New England Patriots
13 Chicago Bears
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15 Minnesota Vikings
16at Chicago Bears
17at Green Bay Packers
18at Dallas Cowboys

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - Kearse made himself noticed in the second half, first with a deceptively hard catch. It was a seemingly routine short pass, but with tons of pressure on the QB, it was no small feat to be ready for the pass, and he was. Late in the game, Kearse made an acrobatic, leaping catch for a long touchdown.

Week 3 - Kearse saw action early on, but wasn’t heavily involved. As in the first couple of games, the Seahawks tend to get their secondary receivers a couple of targets per game. Kearse showed good focus catching his one pass in traffic, but remains buried on the depth chart.

Week 4 - Kearse caught what appeared to be a TD, on a 25-yard lob in the end zone, but instead was called for offensive pass interference. At a glance, he had great position on the jump ball, and showed good concentration to hold onto it. He was targeted again on a crossing route, but the ball was intercepted. It didn’t look like it was too far out of his reach, but was likely not ready for it, as the Texans were pressuring the quarterback heavily all day.

Week 5 - Kearse made his only catch count, as he leapt and stretched out to haul in the 28 yard pass along the sideline. It was a close call as he was going out of bounds as he came down and knocked the end zone pylon down for the touchdown call.

Week 6 - Another game, another red zone opportunity for Kearse, who remains 4th on the WR depth chart. Up until now, those opportunities have been deep passes. This time, he was on the field near the goal line, and caught the ball on a short crossing route but was tackled easily. He caught all three passes thrown his way, which gave him one more than starter Sidney Rice.

Week 7 - Kearse now has the #4 WR spot all to himself, which is promising but still limits his opportunities. His lone catch was a nice one as he had to reach back for it, and then had the presence of mind to stop the clock near the end of the half, by going out of bounds. Two of his other targets were noteworthy – one in the end zone, but out of reach, and another was a deep pass that was not quite there for him, but was a potential scoring play.

Week 8 - Kearse was targeted downfield once, but was overthrown. He had a great chance on a slant pattern catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. He was in stride but couldn’t hold on to the ball.

Week 9 - Kearse was the lone scorer for the Seahawks in the first half. Working out of the slot, he ran a quick slant pattern from the sixteen, catching the ball wide open and in stride at the six yard line and squeezing between two defenders into the end zone. Kearse made a huge catch late in the game, a 27 yard leaping catch over his defender that brought the Seahawks to the 3 yard line. Moving up the depth chart (due to Sidney Rice’s injury) was good for him, but his opportunities were still few and far between.

Week 10 - Now the third WR on the depth chart, Kearse continues to get more snaps each game, though he’ll bump down a notch whenever Percy Harvin returns to the lineup. Kearse’s bread and butter is the jump ball, and the irony here is that he didn’t really have to jump for them this time around; he had enough separation and got perfect throws. On his second catch, he made a 43 yard touchdown catch look way too easy. His third and final catch of the day was a quick out to move the chains just before the end of the first half.

Week 11 - Kearse was targeted deep early in the game, and though he was open, the ball was overthrown. He suffered a concussion before he could land on the score sheet, and with the bye week coming up, will hopefully be able to return without missing a game.

Week 13 - Kearse had a chance in endzone but couldn’t hold on. After that, looked good on the subsequent drives making a couple of downfield catches.

Week 14 - Kearse hurt himself early in the game, on a nice diving catch for a short first down. He did eventually return to the game, and saw more snaps in the second half. Normally known for his jump-ball prowess, Kearse showed a different side today, with great hands while being tightly covered. It helped that Russell Wilson was able to get him the ball exactly where he needed it. As the clock wound down in the fourth quarter, Kearse was the deep target, as Wilson threw a jump ball, but Kearse lost his footing and fell, allowing the interception that effectively ended the game. Had he caught it, the Seahawks would have been in field goal range, for the win

Week 15 - A quiet game for Kearse. He made two short catches early in the second half; nothing spectacular but helped in moving the chains.

Week 16 - Kearse was busy against the Cardinals, and was the main beneficiary of Patrick Petersons masterful covering of Golden Tate. Kearse was hit and miss, but to be fair was used on some low percentage plays. He was targeted on deep patterns twice. The first one was overthrown, and the second went off his fingertips. He was tightly covered on both. Then Kearse made up for it with one he had no business catching. He looked to be covered, so Wilson threw behind him instead and the ball arrived at the exact moment Kearse turned around. Next was a short catch that he was able to run with for a first down. And he was targeted in the end zone, but too tightly covered to make the catch. Kearse made big contributions on the Seahawks only TD scoring drive. First he recovered Tate’s fumble to keep the drive alive, and then brought in a hard pass with his fingertips which got his team into the red zone.

Week 19 - Kearse’s lone catch was an important one. In the red zone, he got free near the sideline as Wilson scrambled, and made a good catch for the first down. The return of Percy Harvin bumped him down to 4th on the depth chart.

Week 20 - Kearse didn't make a great bid on his first overthrown deep target, but he did not let the second one escape his grasp in what would end up being the game-winning score. Later, Kearse had a catch inside the five that was taken from him by Navorro Bowman for what should have been a turnover, but the call was missed by the referees. Kearse is just a role-player in this offense, but he nailed his role at the most important moment of the game for the Seahawks offense.

Week 21 - Like all of Seattle’s passing offense, Jermaine Kearse didn’t get many opportunities, but he made the most of them. Kearse converted Seattle’s first 3rd-down of the day with a catch-and-run over the middle of the field on the Seahawks’ first drive. He didn’t touch the ball again until late in the 3rd quarter, when he made the offensive play of the game, catching a quick little pass on the right side and breaking four tackles on the way to the end zone.