That’s why it makes no sense that Harvin wasn’t even on the field for more than half of last week’s game against the Bucs. Consider that Harvin led the team in receptions (7) and yards (76) despite playing only 45% of the team’s snaps, according to Tom Pelissero of espn1500.com.
That yardage may not sound like much, but it’s more than Vikings wide receivers Bernard Berrian and Michael Jenkins have in the last two games combined. (And we’re not even counting Harvin’s 33 yards rushing.)
This wasn’t just a case of Harvin sitting when the Vikings started to run with a lead. He sat out the first three plays from scrimmage. He sat out 78% of the team’s red zone snaps.
I know Jenkins is a good blocker. And Berrian is the team’s imaginary deep threat. (He has one catch this year.) But the Vikings are simply doing the other team a favor when they keep Harvin off the field so much.