Kearse secured one of three targets for eight yards in Saturday's 36-20 divisional-round loss to the Falcons. Kearse was essentially a non-factor once again, with his three targets tying for the second lowest among the Seahawks' receivers and tight ends. The fifth-year pro had a quiet postseason, notching just three receptions on six targets for 22 yards, although he did see teammate Doug Baldwin inadvertently steal a touchdown from him in Seattle's wild-card victory over the Lions. Despite his minimal involvement in the playoffs, Kearse did wrap up the 2016 campaign with his second-most receptions (41) in a season, although he needed a career-high 90 targets to achieve them.
Kearse secured two of three targets for 14 yards in Saturday's 26-6 wild-card win over the Lions. Kearse was the tough-luck Seahawks wideout on the night, as a fourth-quarter touchdown pass that was making a beeline for his hands was suddenly plucked out of the air by Doug Baldwin, who was trailing him on a seam route into the end zone. The lost opportunity aside, the fifth-year pro was also notably targeted on one less occasion than fellow wideout Paul Richardson, who essentially played the downfield-threat role that Tyler Lockett capably filled before succumbing to a season-ending leg injury. While the Seahawks air attack can often feature a variety of elements, Kearse appears to be potential fourth option heading into next Saturday's divisional round playoff versus the Falcons.
Kearse caught four of nine targets for 37 yards and his first touchdown of the season Saturday in a loss to the Cardinals. Kearse was more involved than usual thanks to the season-ending injury to Tyler Lockett. But in true Kearse fashion, he caught less than half of his targets and gained less than 40 yards despite nearly double-digit targets. He should again see more targets than usual in Week 17, but he doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
Kearse failed to catch either of his two targets Thursday as he was benched in favor of Tyler Lockett in two-receiver sets in Seattle's 24-3 win against the Rams. Kearse was on the field for the team's first play in a three-receiver set, but Lockett took the starting job in two-receiver sets that had been Kearse's all year. After a breakout game, Lockett isn't likely to give it back. Kearse's catch rate has sunk to 47.9 percent (35 of 73), fourth lowest among the 57 wide receivers with at least 70 targets, as he continues to struggle to get open and make plays.
Kearse caught one of six targets for a season-low seven yards in a loss at Green Bay on Sunday. Kearse's catch rate has cratered this season to 49.3 percent, 52nd among the 55 wide receivers with more than 70 targets. Last season's 72.0 percent is the outlier after he had 55.0 percent in 2014 and 57.8 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, teammate Doug Baldwin has the third-highest catch rate at 77.1 percent. Kearse seems cemented in his role, however, so his snap count doesn't seem likely to decrease significantly, despite his inability to get separation downfield.
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