Richard Sherman has kept tabs on former teammate Jermaine Kearse and went out of his way to praise the receiver. Sherman scribed a piece for The Players' Tribune called "Underrated Wide Receivers 101", highlighting who he believes to be underrated receivers in the league. He led with Kearse.
The Jets acquired Kearse from the Seahawks, along with a second-round pick, for Sheldon Richardson just before the season started. Kearse has made 52 catches for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns this season-- all already career highs or on pace to set career highs.
"It's safe to say that Jermaine is clutch," Sherman said. "And ridiculously underrated. But it's not just that he has a knack for making big plays. Overall, he's an incredibly crafty receiver who does all the little things right."
Sherman talked specifically about the moments Kearse shined in during various deep playoff runs for the Seahawks throughout the years.
"He's sure-handed, consistent and he's very adept at using his hands to create separation," Sherman said. "He has this subtle kind of chicken-wing move that he uses - it's just a slight push-off, like an elbow or forearm nudge as he's cutting at the top of his route - and it helps him create a little extra bit of separation. And sometimes that's all a receiver needs to make a play."
Kearse has been part of a surprisingly competent Jets offense, alongside breakout receiver Robby Anderson.
"But that's just who Jermaine is," Sherman said. "He's the kind of guy who gets the absolute most out of what he's been given. And he's definitely a receiver who doesn't get his due."