Jermaine Kearse On WFAN: 'All 3 Quarterbacks Look Good'

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June 13, 2018 - 3:32 pm
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With the start of mandatory NFL minicamps this week, WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts chatted Wednesday with Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who said he appreciates the value of what the practice sessions give to the team.

“It’s always good to have the opportunity to be around your teammates and start building on things that you want to be successful in the season," Kearse said. "It starts in the offseason activities with OTAs and minicamp, and you know, the goal is to continue those things throughout the summer and lead into training camp and preseason.”

One of the biggest decisions going into Week 1 surrounds the starting quarterback spot. With Josh McCown as last year’s starter, Sam Darnold as the team’s first-round draft pick and a healthy Teddy Bridgewater, the organization has some solid options. When asked about the Darnold/Bridgewater debate, Kearse spoke positively about the two QBs.

“I think both of them are good. I think all three quarterbacks look good,” Kearse said. “As far as Sam, I feel that he is getting better each day. ... With Teddy, it’s the same thing. You know, he’s a very smart football player.”

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Kearse included McCown in the debate as well, saying that he has “just continued to build off of the year he had last year.”

With the lack of clarity around the quarterback position, Joe and Evan voiced their concern that the players won't be able to develop the same level of chemistry with whoever starts. 

“That’s what these OTAs and minicamp and coming forward, training camp will be for," Kearse assured. "We’re getting reps with all three quarterbacks."

He added, "Obviously all three quarterbacks do things differently than the other, and so, you just kind of find those little things that they do differently and then you have those conversations with them.”  

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Another key aspect for next season is the strength of the receiving corps. In his first offseason with the team after being acquired in the Sheldon Richardon trade with the Seahawks last September, Kearse said the players are working to help each other grow.

“We’ve got a lot of good playmakers in our room, and you know, we make it a statement to just go out there and have fun with each other, but we’re going to push each other," he said. "We want our group to be the best that it can be, and I think that competition kind of excels that, but also doing it together.”

The receiving corps is also experiencing some changes with a new offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates. Joe and Evan asked how Kearse thinks the offense will differ from past seasons under Bates’ leadership.

“I think that’s more of an emphasis this year, to try to get the run game going more, to kind of open up the pass game," Kearse said. "So I think that will be probably one of the bigger differences.”

When asked about playoff hopes, Kearse told WFAN: “You just take it one day at a time. ... I feel like the moment you start looking ahead is when you miss out on the opportunity that’s in front of you.”

Calling the NFL a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, Kearse, a member of the Seahawks' 2013 world championship team, said: “As the next year comes, I’m always chasing that next one. Nobody cares that you won a Super Bowl last year or a couple years ago, it’s all about what you have in front of you. There’s another opportunity to get a Super Bowl this year, and so that’s the focus.”