Seahawks vs Browns: 5 takeaways from Seattle’s blowout win

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Dec 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Baltimore Ravens with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

2. Jermaine Kearse is excelling in new role

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was overmatched on the outside. He rarely got separation, and had many awful drops on the few routes where he did get open. It was no surprise that Seattle’s offense was much-improved when Tyler Lockett was inserted into the starting lineup.

With Jimmy Graham now on IR, it has opened up a new role for Kearse, and it is one that he’s doing very well in. Kearse has become Mr. 3rd Down for Seattle, much like Paul Skansi and Bobby Engram in the past.

Kearse finished the game with 7 catches for 110 yards. None were flashy, but almost every catch extended a drive by getting passed the sticks.

This is the role Kearse was built for, and he makes Seattle’s offense even more prolific.

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