Jermaine Kearse
Jermaine Kearse
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Kearse isn't a downfield burner and doesn't have standout size, but his hands, route running and consistency should make him a key piece for the Jets once again in 2018. The former Seahawks wideout has established a high floor with over 500 yards in each of the past four seasons, and Kearse's first year in New York saw him set career highs across the board with 65 catches for 810 yards and five touchdowns. The offseason signing of Terrelle Pryor and Quincy Enunwa's return from a neck injury that kept him out all of last season will make New York's wide receiver corps more crowded, but Kearse should still be able to work his way onto the field for most snaps, especially if Robby Anderson gets suspended for off-the-field issues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Seahawks in March of 2016. Traded to the Jets in September of 2017.
Loses a yard in season debut
WRNew York Jets
September 16, 2018
Kearse corralled one of two targets for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Dolphins.
ANALYSIS
Kearse made his season debut after sitting out the opener with an abdominal injury, but he didn't see much involvement behind Quincy Enunwa, Terrelle Pryor and Robby Anderson. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates drew plenty of criticism for his playcalling in this one after a masterful Week 1 performance, so perhaps he'll adjust on a short week by getting Kearse more involved Thursday in Cleveland.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    20
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
828
19
2017
880
4
2018
20
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   6' 1"
AVERAGE
Weight:   209 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.43 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.12 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   6.83 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   32.13 in
AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.25 in
AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
AVERAGE
Broad Jump:   128 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   14 reps
WEAK
New York Jets Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Kearse took a slight step back in 2016, notching 41 receptions for 510 yards and one touchdown. While his receptions weren't much lower than his career-high from 2015 (49), he was targeted far more often last year -- 89 targets in 2016 compared to 68 in 2015 -- and did less with the balls he did catch (5.7 yards per reception). He's still the favorite to lock in the No. 3 spot on the depth chart and could be due for a bounce back season if he can prove his effectiveness when targeted. If not, Paul Richardson and Tanner McEvoy could be in line for increased reps.
Mostly valued for his blocking, big-play ability and special teams contributions, Kearse is coming off a career-best season in each of the three major receiving categories, yet still hasn't reached 50 catches or 70 targets in a single campaign. He's been an effective real-life complement to Doug Baldwin the past few years, but when Jimmy Graham went down for the season last November, it was Baldwin and rookie Tyler Lockett - rather than Kearse - who stepped up. Seattle still thought enough of Kearse to give him a three-year, $13.5 million contract that includes $6.3 million in guarantees, but the deal doesn't mean he'll take on a larger target workload this season.
Kearse made the biggest catch in Seahawks history last year in the NFC championship, but then dropped a perfect over-the-shoulder pass that might have led to a different Super Bowl outcome. And therein lies the rub. Whether because of limited speed, inconsistent separation or a drop here or there, Kearse has not proven when given the chance that he is more than a fourth receiver masquerading as a No. 2. Maybe the addition of Jimmy Graham this year will open the passing game to the extent that it benefits Kearse in coverage. That's enough reason to keep him on the radar, but not enough to consider drafting him even in deep leagues.
Kearse was a useful role player in his second season, averaging 9.1 YPT and catching touchdowns in the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl. With Golden Tate gone and Sidney Rice retired, Kearse is suddenly the No. 3 receiver in the offense. The 6-0, 209-pound Kearse is the team's lone wideout of note with any size. And with safeties focused on Percy Harvin, Kearse is bound to have single coverage each week. Don't be surprised if he outperforms expectations.
More Fantasy News
Cleared to play Week 2
WRNew York Jets
September 14, 2018
Kearse (abdomen) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
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Practicing fully, but Week 2 status not confirmed
WRNew York Jets
September 13, 2018
Kearse (abdomen) practiced fully again Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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Practices fully Wednesday
WRNew York Jets
September 12, 2018
Kearse (abdomen) practiced fully Wednesday.
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Not playing Monday
WRNew York Jets
Abdomen
September 10, 2018
Kearse (abdomen) is listed as inactive Monday at Detroit.
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Doubtful for opener
WRNew York Jets
Abdomen
September 8, 2018
Kearse (abdomen) was limited in Saturday's practice and is doubtful to play in Monday's game against the Lions, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
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