Kearse's non-guaranteed $5 million base salary could put his spot on the Jets' roster in jeopardy, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports. Traded from the Seahawks to the Jets last preseason, Kearse posted career highs across the board in 2017 with 65 catches for 810 yards and five touchdowns on 103 targets, highlighted by back-to-back 100-yard outings in Josh McCown's final two healthy games of the year. The Jets' recent signing of Terrelle Pryor (ankle) may partially have been motivated by concern regarding Kearse's contract and/or Robby Anderson's legal issues. While a decision doesn't seem imminent, the team eventually could move on from Kearse if Anderson avoids a lengthy suspension and both Pryor and Quincy Enunwa (neck) get healthy. The Jets may also be banking on some degree of improvement from 2017 draft picks ArDarius Stewart (third round) and Chad Hansen (fourth round), a duo that combined for only 15 catches last season.
Kearse snagged five of seven targets for 59 yards during Sunday's 26-6 loss to New England. Kearse had a brief fall-off in Weeks 14 and 15 when he caught just four total passes for 32 yards, but ended 2017 right with back-to-back games with five receptions. Kearse ended up being a great find for the Jets following a late-offseason trade, finishing the year with 65 catches and 810 yards. He has one year remaining on his contract for a relative bargain of $5 million.
Kearse (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Patriots after practicing fully Friday. Kearse has had his moments this season, but his fantasy value has taken a hit since Bryce Petty took over at QB for the Jets. After putting up big numbers in Weeks 12 and 13 with Josh McCown at the helm of the offense, Kearse has combined for just nine catches for 74 yards over his last three outings. Kearse thus profiles as a Week 17 fantasy dart with the Patriots needing a win to clinch the AFC's top playoff seed.
Kearse (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports. Kearse's back-to-back absences from practices to begin Week 17 preparations cloud his availability for the season finale against the Patriots. In the event Kearse is able to return to the practice field Friday to offer more optimism about his chances of suiting up Sunday, he won't make for an attractive fantasy option after struggling to produce with Bryce Petty under center the past three weeks. In those contests, Kearse has been held to nine receptions for 74 yards on 19 targets.
Kearse missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury, Connor Hughes of NJ.com reports. Kearse has disappeared along with the rest of the Jets passing game, catching only nine balls for 74 yards on 19 targets the past three weeks. Even if he ends up being fine from a health standpoint, Kearse will be stuck playing with struggling quarterback Bryce Petty against an improved New England defense in Week 17.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|12||11/25||New England Patriots||27||22.58|
|16||12/23||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|17||12/30||@New England Patriots||27||22.58|
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|3 Year Avg||87||52||668||4||31||12.85||90|