Jermaine Kearse Making his Mark with Seattle Seahawks

By Todd Pheifer
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There was an audible gasp of horror when it was announced by the Seattle Seahawks that Percy Harvin would be lost for several months. Such is the nature of tough injuries in the NFL.

Compounding the problem was the fact that Sidney Rice went to Switzerland for knee treatment. Hype gave way to reality, and fans wondered aloud whether another player would step in and replace the potential production.

Never fear…Jermaine Kearse is here!

It is only preseason, but Kearse is making a strong argument that he should be a part of this team in 2013. In two preseason games, Kearse has three touchdowns, including a 107-yard kickoff return against the Denver Broncos.

If Kearse were able to make this team and have an impact on the offense, he would represent yet another “find” by Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. Granted, Kearse is not exactly a stranger to the Pacific Northwest since the second-year receiver did star at the University of Washington.

Still, anytime an undrafted free agent makes an impact, it is an interesting story. So far this preseason, Kearse is making his mark.

Kearse only had three catches in 2012, but there are times when players have to take a slightly longer road to NFL success. The Seahawks hope that Kearse can be another impact player that somehow slipped under the radar of every other team. Sometimes it is beneficial to find talent in your own backyard.

Granted, Kearse only has three catches in two preseason games, but he has made the most of his opportunities. However, few will complain if Kearse is able to convert many of his opportunities into red-zone success.

Again, it is still preseason and fans have to temper their enthusiasm about Kearse’s potential impact during the regular season. Still, he may give the ‘Hawks another offensive weapon and option on kick returns.

Another weapon for Russell Wilson is definitely not a bad thing.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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