With the never-ending attention paid to footballs the Seahawks do not secure, whether batted or fumbled, it seemed worthwhile to share a tidbit you might be surprised to hear. The top three targets for Russell Wilson this year have perfect catch rates through four games.
This is shaping up to be the most productive season of Doug Baldwin’s career. He has 20 receptions, and is on track for 80 at this pace. His career high was 66 receptions last season. His two touchdowns also put him pace for a career best eight TDs on the year, which would top the five he had in 2013.
Like Baldwin, Kearse has a perfect catch rate. He has been targeted 20 times overall, but just 16 of those have been catchable. That makes the Seahawks the only team in the NFL with two receivers with 100% catch rates (min 8 catchable targets).
The Seahawks are the only team in the NFL with two receivers to have at least 8 catchable targets and a perfect 100% catch rate
This is new territory for Kearse, who was far less efficient last season. He ranked 45th in the NFL in catch rate last year. He also has the most explosive receptions on the team with six. That has helped to make him the leading Seahawks receiver in terms of yardage thus far with 236 yards. That puts him on pace for 944 yards. That would nearly double his career high of 537 yards set last season.
The last time the Seahawks had a 1,000 yard receiver was 2007 with Bobby Engram. Kearse could reach that level this year.
The confounding part of how the Seahawks are using Graham is the lack of downfield targets. He has zero targets of 20+ yards so far this year. Luke Willson has three. That has to change for Graham to realize more of potential on this offense.