Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse said it’s a dream come true to finally get his chance to play this week, and that he understands the unique opportunity he has to play for the NFL team where he grew up.
The Lakes High of Tacoma and University of Washington product was activated from the practice squad to Seattle’s active roster this week, and is expected to contribute on specials teams and on offense.
“It’s like I can’t get out of Washington,” joked Kearse. “But I’m happy to be here. I’m very fortunate and blessed to be here. Not too many people get to live their whole life in a state, and then to play for the professional team in their state. So I’m very fortunate to be able to do that.”
Kearse said that even though he was on the practice squad, he approached every week like he was going to play, and benefitted from going against the No. 1 defense each week.
“It helps a lot,” Kearse said. “We have one of the top defenses in the NFL. And to go against those guys every day, it definitely helps me prepare in case I did get called up.”
Fellow receiver Sidney Rice said he’s looking forward to seeing what Kearse can do.
“To see him go out there on Sundays is going to be really fun,” Rice said. “He’s very quick, fast. He’s gets off the ball, and he probably has the best hands of all the receivers on the team. He looks the ball in well, and does a really good job.”
Said Kearse, when told that Rice said he has the best hands among the receiver group: “He was probably being nice.”
Seahawks veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant, also a Tacoma native, joked about the fact that Kearse was battling against his youngest brother Desmond Trufant every day in practice at the University of Washington last year, and now those two are going at it every day in practice.
“He just told me a couple weeks ago that he can’t get away from the Trufant,” Marcus Trufant said, smiling. “But yeah, he’s been working hard. He deserves a shot, and he’s getting his chance.”
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that Ben Obomanu would be in a cast because of his wrist injury for at least six weeks, and more likely eight, so that’s why the team decided to place him on the season-ending injured reserve list.
“He was the toughest guy in this program,” Carroll said about Obomanu. “He would come back from injuries, and he would not let this stop him. But he’s just going to be hampered too much with a cast on, so we made the move there.”
The Seahawks also brought back University of Oregon product receiver LavasierTuinei to fill out the practice squad. Tuinei was with Seattle during training camp.
Carroll said that receiver Doug Baldwin is running and looking better. Carroll appeared more optimistic that Baldwin could make it back from a high-ankle sprain to play on Sunday.