Kearse caught four of five targets for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Raiders.
Kearse scored from 34 and 11 yards out while leading the Jets in catches, targets and receiving yards for the second time in as two games. Robby Anderson is getting a similar workload in terms of both snaps and targets, but he's managed just six catches for 50 yards on 12 targets, while Kearse has produced 11 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 14 opportunities. Kearse won't be able to maintain that kind of efficiency while playing in such a poor offense, but his strong work in the early going should at least encourage Josh McCown to keep throwing to the former Seahawk in a Week 3 matchup with the Dolphins.
Kearse caught seven of nine targets for 59 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Bills.
Despite not having much time to build chemistry with quarterback Josh McCown after coming over from Seattle in a trade, Kearse led the team in targets, catches and yards. The veteran wide receiver isn't very explosive, but just being a competent player at the position has propelled him to the top of New York's depth chart.
The official swap sent defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to the Pacific Northwest for Kearse and a 2018 second-round pick, along with a swap of seventh-round selections next year. Kearse lands in a situation ripe for the picking, with Robby Anderson the only other viable threat for targets in the offense. In his five-year career, Kearse has averaged 7.8 YPT, so additional attention, even if it's from Josh McCown, will likely result in a career campaign.
Kearse said Thursday that he hasn't heard anything from the Seahawks about trading him, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "I haven't spoken to anybody so I really don't know,'' Kearse said. "I mean, I guess I really don't have a reaction until I hear it from them."
Paul Richardson's emergence late last season seemingly made Kearse expendable, as Richardson can fill the No. 3 receiver role now that Tyler Lockett is healthy. Kearse would be an expensive No. 4 wideout, though the structure of his contract might keep him safe until next offseason. While never a high-volume target, his ability to block and provide an occasional deep threat led to 45 starts over the past three seasons. Kearse would be most valuable to a team that lacks depth at wide receiver yet doesn't need him to take on many targets.
Kearse had a terrible season last year, eventually losing his starting job to Tyler Lockett. And the Seahawks have some intriguing young receivers who could push him farther down the depth chart. But it would be somewhat surprising if the team traded him, considering his popularity among his teammates and especially Russell Wilson. And coach Pete Carroll said last week, "he's been playing great." If Kearse is traded, Tanner McEvoy could take his roster spot as the last of six wide receivers the team keeps.
|5||10/8/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|14||12/10/17||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
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