Jermaine Kearse NFL Stats
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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.