In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks believe they have several, reliable options to go to in order to replace the void left by Percy Harvin being out with a hip injury.
Those options include Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice.
But perhaps the person who will benefit the most is second-year pro Jermaine Kearse.
The University of Washington product has developed into a core special teams player and versatile performer for the Seahawks in his rookie season. Kearse also had Lasik eye surgery in February, which seems to have helped correct some of the rash of drops he experienced at Washington and with the Seahawks.
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“Jermaine Kearse is having a hell of a camp,” Seattle receivers coach Kippy Brown said. “He’s quick. He’s a great route runner. He’s very disciplined. He’s a guy who learns well.”
So Kearse has a chance to be a playmaker for Seattle?
“I don’t have any doubt,” Brown said.
Brown also had this to say when asked about replacing Harvin’s role in the offense.
“First of all, we’re not going to change what our philosophy is,” he said. “And having been in this league a long time, every game is different, every opponent is different. They have their strengths and weaknesses. And when you game plan, you go and attack that.
“That may involve getting a receiver in a certain area, or it may involve the running game. So when you game plan, if you have a player you want to get the ball to, you figure out how to do it. And we have some very talented players on this team.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes that the Seahawks had roughly $26 million accounted for in this year’s salary cap unavailable for Wednesday’s practice in Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Zach Miller.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today writes that the first warning signs of Percy Harvin potentially suffering a serious hip injury can be traced back to the NFL Scouting combine in 2009, where according to a source he had impingement and tightness in both hips as well as weak abductor muscles,
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that the long-term prognosis of Harvin’s hip injury is the most concerning thing for the Seahawks.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr.Neal ElAttrache explains Harvin’s injury in this video link.
Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that Seattle’s injury concerns has him wavering on his prediction that the Seahawks will go 19-0 and win the Super Bowl this season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides a run down of what happened at practice on Wednesday.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes that the remaining Seahawks receivers are confident they can get the job done without Harvin.
ESPN’s Mike Sando re-ranks the NFC West receiving group with the help of Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. after injuries to Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin, placing Seattle at No. 3 behind Arizona and St. Louis.
Richard Sherman explains to Willie McGinest how he locks receivers down on the outside in this video link.
If you didn’t catch it on the magazine rack, Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated’s well-written piece on Richard Sherman is now available via the SI Vault.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated interviews Golden Tate in this video link.
Kevin Lynch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 49ers intend to rotate more players along their
offensive defensive line this season. San Francisco heavily relied upon the team’s defensive starters in 2012, and guys like Justin Smith wore down at the end of the season.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis could have suffered a slight fracture in his hand.
Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that former Seahawks defensive end Lawrence Jackson is getting a long look from the Vikings.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland details the secrets of general manager Ted Thompson’s success acquiring players in Green Bay, and notes the personnel senior executive sporting from the Packers, including John Schneider (Seattle) and Reggie McKenzie (Oakland). You could also add former San Francisco general manager and current Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan to that tree.
Changes have been made to the Pro Bowl, including no kickoffs and honorary captains Deon Sanders and Jerry Rice choosing sides.