Seattle Seahawks Training Camp Profile: Jermaine Kearse
Russell Wilson has a bevy of weapons at his disposal. A receiving core that looked downright iffy to many heading into 2012 suddenly boasts an overload of options with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin all making strong cases for heavy targets over the past couple years.
It’s hard to imagine second-year receiver Jermaine Kearse, an undrafted free agent out of Washington, taking any of the aforementioned players’ snaps. However, like many wide outs hanging on the edge of the roster, Kearse is making his name on special teams to supplement the good will from three catches he made last season.
“He’s got size, he’s got speed and he’s a smart football player,” Seattle Seahawks receivers coach Kippy Brown said of the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Kearse, via the Seattle Times. “So that combination allows you to do a lot of things with him. When you are a backup, you have to learn multiple positions and he did that, and that made him a lot more valuable.
“Jermaine has his role right now. He’s a core special-teams guy, and he can play every position, so when we do have an injury, and that happens, he can go in for that position and we really don’t lose that much. So he’s a very valuable guy to us on special teams and in our rotation.”
Pete Carroll has shown that the training camp depth chart remains ever-volatile. There may be no better team for upward mobility in August battles. However, the Seahawks are likely just too stacked at receiver for Kearse to get major playing time anywhere besides special teams come Week 1.