Here’s a story Jayson Jenks filed after the Seahawks’ preseason victory over the Broncos on Saturday night:
Doug Baldwin doesn’t think fellow wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is any different a player now than he was at this time last year.
The skills, the athletic ability, the hands haven’t changed much in the course of a year. The only difference, Baldwin said, is Kearse’s confidence.
Kearse, the former Washington receiver, took another step forward in Saturday’s preseason game against the Broncos. He carried the 12th-man flag onto the field, was a team captain before the game, hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown – all by the end of the first quarter.
He has gone from the guy who knew his best chance of making the team a year ago was on special teams to a guy who could now impact the Seahawks in a variety of ways.
“I definitely feel confident out there,” Kearse said. “I worked hard this offseason, and I feel comfortable with the offense. I have less to worry about instead of worrying about things rookies worry about: the scheduling, how games are going. I got that one year under the belt, so I’m able to go out there and play fast and play freely.
“It’s a mentality, and when you play with that type of mentality, good things happen.”
Kearse’s biggest highlight was the kickoff return for a touchdown. Kearse hadn’t returned a kickoff since his high school days at Lakes in Lakewood, and coach Pete Carroll only approached him about returning kicks earlier this week.
Kearse jumped at the chance.
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