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August 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Thursday links: Kearse catching on

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One of the more intriguing stories of the preseason has been  the vast improvement of receiver Jermaine Kearse (above returning a kickoff for a touchdown against Denver in a Dean Rutz photo).

I wrote about Kearse for the Thursday paper in a story detailing his rise from a guy who a year ago made the team as an undrafted free agent to one who now figures to be a  regular  in the team’s receiving rotation.

In a few items that didn’t make the story:

— Kearse, when asked where he’s better as a receiver this year, said “I feel like my route running has got a lot tighter, my knowledge of defenses has gotten a little better. I feel a lot more comfortable, confident. Just playing fast. I’m playing a lot faster than I was last year.” Kearse gave a  lot of credit for that to receivers coach Kippy Brown, saying “he’s definitely helped me out a lot and I feel like that (route-running) is a lot tighter now, a lot cleaner, and I’m coming out of my breaks a lot faster and stuff.”

— Kearse said Seattle wasn’t his only option when he was deciding on teams after being left undrafted. Tennessee was one option. But he said the team that came the hardest after  him initially was Jacksonville. “They were blowing up my phone,” he said. Seattle, he said, called him an hour or so later. But Seattle, he said, “just felt like this would be the right spot for me.”

— Kearse said one thing he didn’t really do was look much at the depth chart when deciding where to sign. “They were going to have a depth chart of receivers everywhere on any team,” he said. “I didn’t really look at it as that. I just tried to come out here and make as many plays as I can and make an impact and just try to be consistent.”

— Kearse also said he knows he has a lot more to do before he can say he has arrived as an NFL player. “I’m not really that guy (to get caught up in the attention),” he said. “It’s cool. I appreciate all the support. But I’ve just got to take it one day at a time. That (Denver) game is over with so that game doesn’t really matter any more. It’s moving on now to another game.”

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Here’s a wrapup of Wednesday’s happenings from Seahawks.com;

— Seahawks.com also profiles O’Brien Schofield;

— And Seahawks.com also details Kam Chancellor’s back-to-school drive;

Michael Silver of NFL.com says the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl;

— ESPN The Magazine takes a long look at some of Pete Carroll’s philosophies in building the Seahawks;

— The Associated Press offers a feature on J.R. Sweezy;

— ESPN also approves of Seattle’s uniforms;

— ESPN.com also looks at Seattle’s struggles with 10 a.m. games.

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