olyfan63 wrote:Kearse already IS much of what we hope Harper *could* become. I'd feel confident seeing Kearse out on the field as a starter if one of our current starters were unable to go.
Yup....like 6 regular season receptions and he is there.
I'm sticking with Kearse on this one. He gets it this year. He is a playmaker. 6 regular season receptions and all. I say Kearse is on the field enough to catch 20+ passes this year, (more if Rice/Tate other WR's miss games) and makes some key plays during the season to keep the W's rolling. Kearse now IS a legit NFL receiver. I see it came off like I was drawing a parallel between Kearse's skill set and Harper's skill set. To clarify, the skill set parallels are Kearse has that we hope for from Harper, is that Kearse is now a legit NFL receiver, Kearse gets open, Kearse *makes plays* on balls thrown to him in traffic. And, this year (so far, knock on wood...) Kearse CATCHES the ball. Obviously Harper is a bigger body and has some other unique advantages.
In truth, I hope we find a way to keep Harper. I say the dropsies are uncharacteristic and will go away. Part of me wonders if Pete told him to intentionally drop a couple EZ balls to help other teams pass on him. Seriously, for a moment. But then I dismissed that thought because that would simply be counter to the whole Pete Carroll program.