RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t one to speak critically of any player, but Wilson can’t say enough good things about second-year receiver Jermaine Kearse and what Kearse has done in the preseason.
“Jermaine deserves the most improved award,” Wilson said. “He was great before he came in, but he’s electrifying out there. He does a lot of great things.”
Kearse has three touchdowns in the preseason, two receiving and one on a spectacular 107-yard kickoff return against Denver. It was the first time Kearse had returned a kickoff since his high school days at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash.
“You guys saw the kickoff return,” Wilson said. “And he’s made some unbelievable plays [in practice]. He’s very smooth in his routes and he’s very deceptive with how he gets out of his breaks and everything.”
Kearse (6-1, 210) is popular with many Seahawks fans because he a local guy who played college football at the University of Washington. He’s popular with Wilson because of his ability and his work ethic.
“Jermaine is a very explosive player with a lot of speed, and he just loves the game,” Wilson said. “I really noticed that when we went down to California [before training camp] to go throw. Jermaine was one of the guys that really stood out to me. I saw that he was a guy who was really dedicated to his craft. He has great potential to be something really special.”
Kearse has four receptions for 52 yards in the first three preseason games. With Percy Harvin out until at least late November and Sidney Rice nursing a knee situation and not playing until the regular season begins, Kearse has gotten a lot of time on the field in practice and in the games.
He also has something new this year -- better vision. Kearse had Lasik surgery in the offseason and no longer wears contacts.
“It’s just one less thing I have to worry about,” Kearse said. “Sometimes in the past, my contacts would move around when I ran routes and briefly blur my vision. I don’t have that problem now, obviously. It’s just nice not to have to mess with it anymore.”