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Harvin "doesn't look natural" when fielding punts

When the Vikings picked receiver Harvin in the first round of the 2009 draft, he was hyped in part as a guy who could revolutionize the team’s return game.

We’ve been skeptical of that contention, given that Harvin didn’t return punts and kicks at Florida.

He was fielding punts at practice on Tuesday, and both Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press have indicated, Twitter style, that Harvin doesn’t look natural when catching punted balls.

Zulgad says that it “[d]efinitely does not come naturally to him.”  Jensen says that Harvin “doesn’t look natural.”

So maybe that’s why he didn’t do it at Florida.

But it’s not all bad news.  Zulgad says that Harvin has no issues returning kickoffs.

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  1. rcunningham says: Aug 4, 2009 4:01 PM

    STOP REPORTING ON THE VIKINGS IT’S ONLY GOING TO START A BUNCH OF SHIT.
    In before LOL HE SMOKES WEED and 0-4 SUPER BOWLS HURR and DURF MAYBE YOU’LL SIGN BRETT FART NOW GET IT I SAID FART INSTEAD OF FAVRE LOLOLOL

  2. crookedsteve says: Aug 4, 2009 4:03 PM

    You know what looks natural Andy Reid’s Kids holding a crack pipe

  3. TheVillain112 says: Aug 4, 2009 4:07 PM

    Let Bernard Berrian return punts.

  4. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 4, 2009 4:12 PM

    And each day, the hype dies just a little bit…
    Until one day, a deafening quiet FINALLY hits the Queens fans, who are left with nothing but a contemplative look back on yet ANOTHER disappointing season.
    Until Summer, when the delusion and the hype starts to build up again.
    It’s a natural cycle as old as time–like salmon swimming up river to spawn and die, or lemmings following each other off the edge of a cliff.
    Same regularity. Same results.

  5. beefcake says: Aug 4, 2009 4:15 PM

    GO VIKES!!! PACK STILL SUCKS!!!

  6. aramsiruni says: Aug 4, 2009 4:15 PM

    Division championship last year was such a disappointing season.

  7. DarthPirate says: Aug 4, 2009 4:19 PM

    He has to smoke bowl or two before he gets comfy.

  8. EHood38 says: Aug 4, 2009 4:20 PM

    YOU TRY TO LOOK NATURAL “9” STUCK IN YOU WAISTBAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HOWS THAT WILDCAT LOOKIN’ – LOFL !!!!!!

  9. rcunningham says: Aug 4, 2009 4:20 PM

    “# Dewey Axewound says: August 4, 2009 4:12 PM
    And each day, the hype dies just a little bit…
    Until one day, a deafening quiet FINALLY hits the Queens fans, who are left with nothing but a contemplative look back on yet ANOTHER disappointing season.
    Until Summer, when the delusion and the hype starts to build up again.
    It’s a natural cycle as old as time–like salmon swimming up river to spawn and die, or lemmings following each other off the edge of a cliff.
    Same regularity. Same results.”
    You do know that we are aware of how disappointed we are with our team right? We ALWAYS have been.
    Just halt this crusade and get over it.

  10. EHood38 says: Aug 4, 2009 4:26 PM

    DON’T WORRY ABOUT THIRSTY PERCY QUEENIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT’S NOT LIKE YOU NEED HANDS TO BE A RECEIVER…..
    OH…DARN….

  11. EHood38 says: Aug 4, 2009 4:30 PM

    HEY – YOU TRY TO LOOK NATURAL W/ A WIZZINATOR STRAPPED TO YOUR *SS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. rcunningham says: Aug 4, 2009 4:34 PM

    “# EHood38 says: August 4, 2009 4:26 PM
    DON’T WORRY ABOUT THIRSTY PERCY QUEENIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT’S NOT LIKE YOU NEED HANDS TO BE A RECEIVER…..
    OH…DARN….”
    Dude. Turn off your caps lock, quit with the exclamation points.
    Than maybe, MAYBE, people would start to take you seriously.

  13. LarryBird18 says: Aug 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    Go Vikes…Bears and Packers can lick our big nasty Viking Balls!!! We won the divsion with Gus Ferotte!!! Hahaha God Damn I would be pissed if lost the division to Gus!!! Decent offseason for the vikes…Phil Loadholt..6’8″ now makes our 0 line the largest in the nfl….percy is the man..all you other doosh bags wish you had him on your team…Sage is just a younger gus so we’ll see what happens this year…Go vikings defense you other north f*gets cant touch our D!!!!!!!! boom

  14. rcunningham says: Aug 4, 2009 4:44 PM

    “# EHood38 says: August 4, 2009 4:30 PM
    HEY – YOU TRY TO LOOK NATURAL W/ A WIZZINATOR STRAPPED TO YOUR *SS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    Strapped to your ass? What? Do you even know what a Wizzinator is?

  15. JAYO MOFO says: Aug 4, 2009 4:48 PM

    I HEART THE VIKINGS

  16. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 4, 2009 4:53 PM

    aramsiruni says:
    August 4, 2009 4:15 PM
    Division championship last year was such a disappointing season.
    ___________________________________
    After an off-season, pre-season, and–to a lesser extent–regular season (as reality slowly set in) full of nothing but delusional Super Bowl hype from the fans and media…YES. Absolutely disappointing.
    Years of a “dominant” defense and a solid o-line and the league’s best rusher and what is there to show for it?
    One 1-and-done playoff appearance?
    ___________________________________
    rcunningham–sorry.
    But the demand is there, so I supply it.
    I even have my own fans now, those who seek me out even when I’m not there.
    Plus, I’d take it up with MoFlo and his crew, who seem hell-bent on bombarding the rest of us here at PFT with Vikes bits about 98760768 times a day, on average.
    (Pre-emptive note to Vikes fans: No, dumbasses, that’s NOT a good thing, either).
    rc, if it makes you feel any better–I did make a “Vick should sign w/ the Pack b/c he has a good record at Lambeau” quip on a rare Pack story.

  17. TeflonDon says: Aug 4, 2009 4:54 PM

    Everyone out there just loves to attack the “Queens” (HAHA, unique! Oh, and rcunningham: +1) based on past transgressions of players. And man, are they obscure sometimes. Example: busting out a Wizzinator reference…for Percy Harvin…even though it was an issue for Onterrio Smith…WHO LAST PLAYED A DOWN FOR THE VIKINGS IN 2004! Are you kidding!?
    I know the Vikings are asking for it by being the subject of PFT’s posts so often, but Jesus, people, live in the now.
    You mock the Vikings for disappointing “every year” and having a player do a dumb thing now and again. Maybe you’re right and in a position to do so, given that I’m sure you’re all fans of teams consisting of 53 fine Christians that win the Super Bowl every year, but could you at least TRY to cut us some slack? Thanks.
    P.S. EHood38: go home, you’re terrible.

  18. realityonetwo says: Aug 4, 2009 4:54 PM

    Great. Stop risking his health out there on punt returns. He should be a receiver, not a punt returner.

  19. gameday says: Aug 4, 2009 5:05 PM

    crookedsteve says:
    August 4, 2009 4:03 PM
    You know what looks natural Andy Reid’s Kids holding a crack pipe
    ********************
    dude, you really need to find something to occupy some of your time. I swear your fetish with Andy reids sons are really scary. Might want to seek some counseling.

  20. jimicos says: Aug 4, 2009 5:08 PM

    LarryBird18 says:
    August 4, 2009 4:41 PM
    Go Vikes…Bears and Packers can lick our big nasty Viking Balls!!! We won the divsion with Gus Ferotte!!! Hahaha God Damn I would be pissed if lost the division to Gus!!! Decent offseason for the vikes…Phil Loadholt..6’8″ now makes our 0 line the largest in the nfl….percy is the man..all you other doosh bags wish you had him on your team…Sage is just a younger gus so we’ll see what happens this year…Go vikings defense you other north f*gets cant touch our D!!!!!!!! boom
    ————————-
    This is kind of funny. You claim the Vikings won the division in spite of Gus Frerotte, insinuating that they did it in spite of him. Then you go on to say that your new QB is just a younger version of him. In other words, QB is still a liability.
    I think you may have flunked out of trash talk school.
    For all Gus’ faults, go back and compare the performance of the Vikings WRs when Gus was playing as compared to when Tarvaris was playing. And then hope that Tarvaris’ injury is worse than is being reported.

  21. jimicos says: Aug 4, 2009 5:11 PM

    TeflonDon says:
    August 4, 2009 4:54 PM
    Everyone out there just loves to attack the “Queens” (HAHA, unique! Oh, and rcunningham: +1) based on past transgressions of players. And man, are they obscure sometimes. Example: busting out a Wizzinator reference…for Percy Harvin…even though it was an issue for Onterrio Smith…WHO LAST PLAYED A DOWN FOR THE VIKINGS IN 2004! Are you kidding!?
    ————————
    Of course the tie-in between Onterrio Smith and Percy Harvin is weed. The implication is that Percy needs a Whizzinator to cover up his weed use.
    However, I agree with the rest of your post (not quoted). Especially the last line.

  22. Bob Nelson says: Aug 4, 2009 5:12 PM

    Ditto Dewey Axewound
    I’ve seen it every year for 4 decades.
    Maybe when Mr. Florio sees it after a few more years he will be wiser.

  23. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 4, 2009 5:15 PM

    # LarryBird18 says: August 4, 2009 4:41 PM
    Go Vikes…Bears and Packers can lick our big nasty Viking Balls!!! We won the divsion with Gus Ferotte!!! Hahaha God Damn I would be pissed if lost the division to Gus!!! Decent offseason for the vikes…Phil Loadholt..6’8″ now makes our 0 line the largest in the nfl….percy is the man..all you other doosh bags wish you had him on your team…Sage is just a younger gus so we’ll see what happens this year…Go vikings defense you other north f*gets cant touch our D!!!!!!!! boom
    ——————————–
    Another classic example of an overzealous Biqueen fanboy post. And you queen fans wonder why you get ripped on so much?? Just think if you would have lost even one of the 4 gift wrapped games from the refs that were blown calls. What would you be talking about then?
    Vikings fans will rip on Packer fans about living in the past when they point to their trophy case, but they will live in the past whenever it suits them, even if it was a gift from the refs.

  24. jimicos says: Aug 4, 2009 5:15 PM

    Harvin “doesn’t look natural” when fielding punts.
    Pam Anderson “doesn’t look natural” when… Ever.

  25. LarryBird18 says: Aug 4, 2009 5:17 PM

    Jimicos…are you F*cking retarted? The statement was….We won the division with an old shitty quarterback…damn..darn…id be mad if i lost the division to a guy like gus….thus not being a fan of gus but a fan of the division winning vikings..what the f are you over analyzing???

  26. route33 says: Aug 4, 2009 5:19 PM

    The Green Butt Pickers fans know they have squat for a team so they have to insult the defending North Division Champion Minnesota Vikings all they can. After all, why pick on your own pitiful team? A team destined for a dizzying downward spiral and a team whose fans have the class of a festering boil and the intelligence of rock.

  27. FumbleNuts says: Aug 4, 2009 5:23 PM

    Fire up the “loveboat” Percy will be surrounded by water… no chance of dehydration!

  28. Alfie says: Aug 4, 2009 5:28 PM

    It doesn’t matter how he looks. As soon as he gets hit good once, he’ll take himself out of the game and develop a nagging ankle injury.

  29. TeflonDon says: Aug 4, 2009 5:33 PM

    @jimicos:
    Right, I get the weed reference, my only angle there was that we really ought to wait and see if he has any issues at the NFL level before conjuring the ghosts of substance-abuse-policy-infraction past.
    Three cheers for civility.

  30. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 4, 2009 5:37 PM

    route33 says:
    August 4, 2009 5:19 PM
    The Green Butt Pickers fans know they have squat for a team so they have to insult the defending North Division Champion Minnesota Vikings all they can. After all, why pick on your own pitiful team?
    *A team destined for a dizzying downward spiral and a team whose fans have the class of a festering boil and the intelligence of rock.*
    I like how in this last sentence fragment you failed to specify, exactly–to WHICH of the two teams you’ve mentioned are you referring?
    Or is to BOTH? :-)

  31. Professor says: Aug 4, 2009 5:53 PM

    route33,
    What a cute post you have there. Chock full of creativity. I would expect nothing less. In fact I don’t blame you. How often to you, as a Viking fan, have the opportunity to brag about having a better record than the Packers. It must be tough living in the shadow of one of the most prestigious franchises in the NFL.
    Poor kid, all he’s got is a random little division title. I know you’ve never experienced a Super Bowl win in your team’s sorry little history. But hey, at least you can say you actually mad eit there a few times.
    I bet you didn’t even know that.

  32. jimicos says: Aug 4, 2009 5:55 PM

    LarryBird18 says:
    August 4, 2009 5:17 PM
    Jimicos…are you F*cking retarted? The statement was….We won the division with an old shitty quarterback…damn..darn…id be mad if i lost the division to a guy like gus….thus not being a fan of gus but a fan of the division winning vikings..what the f are you over analyzing???
    ————————-
    And then you go on to imply that Sage is a young shitty quarterback. Nice job.

  33. jimicos says: Aug 4, 2009 5:57 PM

    TeflonDon says:
    August 4, 2009 5:33 PM
    @jimicos:
    Right, I get the weed reference, my only angle there was that we really ought to wait and see if he has any issues at the NFL level before conjuring the ghosts of substance-abuse-policy-infraction past.
    Three cheers for civility.
    ————————-
    To be honest, he has already had an issue with it at the NFL level.. Testing positive at the combine entered him into the substance abuse program, didn’t it?

  34. mixman34 says: Aug 4, 2009 6:44 PM

    You chodes, we won the division last year, will win the division this year. Period. You’re not shocking anyone by saying our QB situation leaves a little to be desired. Even we know that, yet we’ll still dominate. Duh
    My favorite is the whining about the lack of Pack stories…. they’re not posted cause get this… no one gives a shit! Yeah Green Bay is a red neck piece of shit town in the middle of no where so yeah… no one cares. Why post about it. Duh.
    Oh, AND they suck and will finish second to last next to the Lions… again. HAHA losers, why the hell would anyone want to read about them? Shit look you guys just can’t stop reading about the Vikes yourselves… so why wouldn’t Florio post about them? Duh

  35. madM100 says: Aug 4, 2009 6:52 PM

    Hate all you want packer fans fact is:
    -our team is currently better than yours
    -our city has always been better than yours
    -you celebrate and adore cheese a little too much
    -your players are overated at key positons like RB and LB and CB
    -and i can smell you from the TC
    peace dummies

  36. Tim says: Aug 4, 2009 6:54 PM

    I have to say, ever since PFT joined forces with NBC, the quality of comments has gone down quite a bit. It appears most of the people that visit can barely read, let alone write.
    I actuall look forward to Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith posts. And they’re both Fu*king assholes.
    At least they’re literate.

  37. purple4life says: Aug 4, 2009 7:04 PM

    Just let these “donnies” (shut the f*$# up Donnie!) keep talking. The best talking is done on the field. And last I checked, 10-6 is is better than the Bears, Packers and Lions in 2008.
    As for the expectations on the 2009 Vikes season, please, SB aspirations were only bellowed about by the pro-Favre media, not the local community. The reason the rest of us reserved judgement is because people weren’t sure what to think or expect from Favre, much less know if he would even suit up.
    Us realistic purple fans know we will be making a run at the playoffs in 2009, hope to get close to the NFC title game, then make a serious run at SB title in 2010. If it were to happen this year, its a bonus.
    What I can say is if our expectations are ‘out-there’, I cant imagine just how ludicrous expectations must be for Bears and Pack fans who have nothing to show for 2008.
    Keep hating, cuz Id rather have my Vikings team as is, than any other team in the North, without a doubt, and there is hardly any team I would trade straight up for in the NFC.
    Deez nuts. Nuff said.

  38. kesc0701 says: Aug 4, 2009 7:08 PM

    Hopefully the Vikings didn’t make another draft mistake at wide receiver to add to their collection of busts in Troy Williamson and Sidney Rice. Not even to mention them drafting T-Jack in the 2nd round. Yikes!

  39. LarryBird18 says: Aug 4, 2009 10:19 PM

    What about Adrian Peterson? He a draft bust? No hes just busting the sh*t out your favorite teams defense…face it F*ckers Adrian Peterson Is The Sh*t…he is our times walter peyton….and every other team in the divsion sh*ts themselves thinking about him….

  40. EHood38 says: Aug 4, 2009 10:19 PM

    MADM100:
    I BET YOUR WIZZINATOR HAS B*LLS DON’T IT ???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. EHood38 says: Aug 4, 2009 10:28 PM

    What about Adrian Peterson? He a draft bust? No hes just busting the sh*t out your favorite teams defense…face it F*ckers Adrian Peterson Is The Sh*t…he is our times walter peyton….and every other team in the divsion sh*ts themselves thinking about him….
    VIKING FANS…WHY SO ANGRY ???????????????
    DID WE HURT YOUR FEELINGS ??????
    DO WE MAKE YOU SAD ???????????
    DO YOU CRY LIKE A LITTLE GIRL WHEN YOUR QUEENIES LOSE ????????????

  42. CaptainFantastik says: Aug 4, 2009 10:45 PM

    LarryBird18 has obviously never seen Walter Payton play, because Peterson’s style doesn’t resemble that of Payton in the slightest. If there’s any back in the NFL that resembles Payton it is Marion Barber.

  43. marcduke says: Aug 5, 2009 11:15 AM

    madM100 says: August 4, 2009 6:52 PM
    Hate all you want packer fans fact is:
    -our team is currently better than yours – yes, last year your team made the playoffs – and then promptly lost…..AT HOME.
    -our city has always been better than yours – Only if you are a liberal non-smoking bike rider who likes to buy their beer before 8 pm.
    -you celebrate and adore cheese a little too much – Gotta be better than adoring “hot-dish” and “Duck, Duck, Grey Duck” the way you freaks do.
    -your players are overated at key positons like RB and LB and CB – You got us at RB for sure. LBs are even and I’ll take Woodson and Collins over anything you got. Oh, how’s your WR situation working out? Ours is fine, we’ve got guys fighting for the 5th spot right now who would probably be pushing your number 2s.
    -and i can smell you from the TC – Nope, that’s the Mississippi or the St. Croix you’re smelling.

  44. jimicos says: Aug 5, 2009 12:51 PM

    Q: What’s the difference between a cheesehead and a shit head?
    A: The St. Croix river.

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