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Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse humor Seahawks media with joint press conference
If football doesn't pan out for wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, Sunday's joint press conference featuring the Seahawks veterans proved the two could excel at a career in improvised comedy.
Following Seattle's "Competition Wednesday" workout - which came a few days early with the team readying for its Week 1 regular season matchup against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field - Baldwin and Kearse took turns answering questions for one another.
When a reporter directed a question at Baldwin, Kearse was the one to entertain an answer on Baldwin's behalf. And when the media polled Kearse, it was Baldwin who provided a comment in Kearse's favor.
"I think Jermaine feels extremely excited about the opportunity to go out there and showcase our offense," Baldwin said for Kearse. "I think that we've improved throughout the entire year. We've grown in the offense together and I think Jermaine feels like we're ready to explode."
What about Baldwin's thoughts on being featured as the team's No. 1 target on the outside?
"Well, Doug's thoughts about that is he's always looking for that one-on-one matchup," Kearse said for Baldwin. "A lot of guys felt like Doug couldn't play on the outside and he's definitely proving that wrong, as he can play the inside in the slot and the outside and make those big-boy plays."
That answer from Kearse prompted a mid-media session fist-bump from Baldwin before the two continued their entertaining off-the-cuff forum.
Thoughts on the return of fellow wideout Percy Harvin to the practice field (Harvin missed two days of practice last week and the team's preseason finale for personal reasons)?
Both Baldwin and Kearse are no stranger to making plays.
They entered the NFL as undrafted rookie free agents - Baldwin in 2011 out of Stanford University and Kearse in 2012 after a standout career at the University of Washington. Baldwin led the club in receiving yards (788), receptions (51), and touchdowns (4) his rookie year and Kearse opened his initial year in the League on the team's practice squad before competing in seven games late in the season.
An injury-riddled 2012 saw Baldwin's numbers dip, but 2013 marked a breakout year for both players, with Baldwin finishing second on the team to Golden Tate in catches (50) and receiving yards (778) and tying the team-lead with five touchdowns. Kearse developed a knack for those "big-boy plays" he referenced, hauling in 22 catches for 377 yards and four scores and capping off 2013 with a four-catch, 65-yard and a touchdown performance in the team's 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Baldwin and Kearse have developed into an effective one-two punch on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense - not to mention in their delivery from behind the microphone.
"I think Doug answered that eloquently," Baldwin said while holding back a chuckle of Kearse's answer about Harvin's return.
"Thank you," replied Kearse.
They'll be here all week.