Heading into his second training camp with the New York Jets, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse will continue being an x-factor on offense.
When the New York Jets made a big trade last offseason involving the Seattle Seahawks, it was in hopes to land another top receiver that still had a lot to prove. The Jets sent defensive end Sheldon Richardson packing due to his locker room distractions and in return, landed Jermaine Kearse who quickly went to work on offense.
Last year, Kearse totaled his best season yet as he was known to come through in clutch situations, especially to keep those chains moving. Kearse proved to not only be a key contributor on offense but a great locker room presence. He did his part to be a veteran leader for players like Robby Anderson, Chad Hansen, and even ArDarius Stewart at a time when the Jets lost Quincy Enunwa for the year due to a severe neck injury.
How does Kearse look heading into his second training camp with the Jets? Here’s his full profile as he prepares for the season ahead.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
In 2017, Kearse totaled 810 receiving yards, 65 receptions, and five touchdowns. Not only was he able to have the best season of his career so far but was a big part of making the Jets offense a competitive one.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Expect to see Kearse pick up exactly where he left off from last year. Ideally, Kearse will likely be the No. 3 receiver on the Jets focusing on having a consistent impact as a slot receiver. Kearse is extremely talented and should be able to do his part on offense, even with Anderson and Enunwa likely ahead of him on the depth chart. In the event that Enunwa isn’t the same player due to coming back from neck surgery, Kearse is more than capable to be the No. 2 receiving option for the Jets.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Kearse will undoubtedly make the final roster of the Jets once training camp is officially in the books. His veteran leadership and ability to still be a threat on offense makes him a key offensive piece heading into the upcoming season.