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Around the NFC West: Sizing up WRs

Good morning, NFC West.

With preseason games on the schedule beginning Thursday, I'm particularly interested in seeing how some of the receiver situations play out.

Around the NFC West: Aug. 5, 2013

Among the considerations:

  • Arizona Cardinals: Cornerback Patrick Peterson is getting work at receiver. I don't think this is one of those overrated training camp developments. The Cardinals will need to be careful, of course. Peterson is most valuable on defense. He'll factor in the return game as well. The team won't want to overuse him. However, Peterson has gotten meaningful reps at receiver in practice, and he has looked good -- not just good for a cornerback, but good for a receiver. The Cardinals don't seem to have a clearly defined fourth receiver, so there's room for Peterson to get some reps.

  • Seattle Seahawks: Jermaine Kearse made his NFL debut last season and caught three passes for 31 yards. He's made sufficient progress this offseason for coach Pete Carroll to call him a "vital" part of the team's plans. Kearse, who improved his vision through Lasik surgery this offseason, has value for his contributions on special teams. I'm interested in seeing how Kearse and rookie fourth-rounder Chris Harper fare on offense during the exhibition games. Harper appears well-suited for the physical side of the game.

  • St. Louis Rams: Second-year pro Brian Quick is a key variable for this receiving corps. He appears to be fourth among wide receivers behind Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin. However, the Rams have given first-team reps to a range of wideouts. The players ahead of him on the depth chart aren't exactly seasoned pros. Quick isn't necessarily buried on the depth chart, in other words. He'll have opportunities. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he should give the Rams something no other receiver on the team can give them.

  • San Francisco 49ers: Second-year receiver A.J. Jenkins returned to practice Sunday and reportedly fared well. The players and coaches I spoke with in camp generally had positive things to say about Jenkins. The problem was that a hamstring injury was preventing Jenkins from practicing. With Jenkins back and expected to play in the preseason, we'll finally get a chance to see whether offseason stories about Jenkins' improved strength translate on the field.