Kearney has started all three of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations matches and while opposite wing Andrew Trimble touched down against Scotland, he remains scoreless.
But for a desperate ankle tap by Joe Launchbury in the dying minutes of defeat to Twickenham, Kearney may have opened his Championship account in dramatic fashion, scoring the try that would have maintained Ireland's pursuit of the Grand Slam.
As it is however, Kearney is happy with how he has acquitted himself hitherto, even if the return to form and fitness of Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo - named this week in Joe Schmidt's training squad - makes competition for places that much tougher.
"The back three in general haven't got a whole amount of ball to work off, especially out wide. And when we are in a bit of space it has all been pretty tight," Kearney told the Irish Times.
"But, yeah, I have been pretty happy on a personal level with the distances covered and yards made. I just think that if we can get a bit more ball wide, where the back three players will have a bit more space to work with, it would be good.
"I didn't see him [Launchbury] at all. I was just focusing on beating [Mike] Brown on the inside and then, yeah, fair play to him, he made a big long dive and a long arm to get the tap tackle."