For Jermaine Kearse, It's All About the Competition

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It was one forgettable downfield catch in position drills early on the fourth day of training camp.

But don't tell that to WR Jermaine Kearse, who tumbled to the turf with the longball from Josh McCown against CB Terrell Sinkfield's 1-on-1 coverage, then bounced up and launched the ball high in the air like a bottle rocket from a celebration earlier this month.

"That's just my competitive nature," Kearse said with a smile after Monday's practice. "We're out there competing. I'm a competitive person.

"Sometimes you get like that."

There's absolutely nothing wrong with Kearse getting like that. The seventh-year pro arrived just before last regular season began in the trade with Seattle involving DL Sheldon Richardson, and it took Kearse no time to develop a tight relationship with McCown and especially with fellow undrafted free agent WR Robby Anderson as the two teamed up for 128 receptions, 1,741 yards and 12 touchdowns. Kearse's line alone (65-810-5) set or tied career highs.

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Now Kearse and Anderson are the leaders of an interesting wide receiving corps that has welcomed the return to action of Quincy Enunwa (still wearing a red jersey as he works all the way back from last year's neck injury) plus a whole handful of pass-catchers with pro experience — returning Jets Chad Hansen, ArDarius Stewart and Charone Peake, plus free agent vets Terrelle Pryor, Andre Roberts, Tre McBride, Charles Johnson and Lucky Whitehead, and a speedy rookie FA in Jonah Trinnaman.

"I really like our receiving corps," Kearse said. "We've got a lot of guys who compete, who make plays. What I really like is just the chemistry we have with each other. We know there's a few spots to make the team, yet we encourage each other, we want to see each other succeed, and we try to push each other to be the best group that we can be."

Kearse's juices also get flowing when he goes up against the Jets DBs, especially in this camp against Trumaine Johnson, who ran into Jermaine more than a few times when the Seahawks and Rams played.

"I played him for five years when he was with the St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams. They beat us, I think, once or twice and we beat them four, or five, or six times," Kearse recalled fondly. "I just enjoy going against him. He's a smart player and he pushes me to hone in on my skillset and continue to grow as a receiver."

The actual tally from 2012-16 was Seahawks 5, Rams 5, and when Kearse and Johnson both played, the series was knotted at 3-3. But who's counting, now that the two are honing each other's skills as members of the Green & White? And as Kearse reminded a few times, for him it's all about the competition.

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