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Harvin shows up for camp, hoping to bring championship to Minnesota

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After last month’s day or two of confusion regarding the precise identity of the organism that had climbed inside one of Percy Harvin’s orifices and died, Harvin is indeed happy with the Vikings — and he’s present and accounted for now that camp has opened.

According to Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com, Harvin quietly slipped into camp Thursday, one of the last players to arrive before the 4:00 p.m. CT reporting deadline.

Harvin didn’t speak to reporters, but coach Leslie Frazier explained that he ran into Harvin at the barber shop on Wednesday.

“We talked some more there, just by coincidence, and it was great to see him,” Frazier said, via Zulgad.  “We’ve had good conversations.  Obviously, we want him to do well.  He’s a key part of what we want to get done here in Mankato and into the season, but all is good.”

If Harvin can achieve his goal, all will be a lot better than good.

“He wants to bring a championship to Minnesota and when that’s the case, we can all work towards the same common goal,” Frazier said.  “All of us working towards bringing a championship to Minnesota and that’s where he is and that tells me that he has a chance to be the type of leader he can be.”

As Harvin enters his fourth season, Frazier plans to rely on his versatile wideout, heavily.

“His teammates respect him so much,” Frazier said.  “So does our coaching staff.  He’s a guy who has been there and we were able to count on a season ago when we had, as you guys know, a ton of injuries and really a tough situation.  He was one of the guys we could count on throughout the year and if he can continue to be that person that his teammates can trust and can count on and do the things he has done for us in the past, I won’t see any problems with Percy because we know that he loves the game.  He has a passion for the game.”

He’ll have more of a passion for the game if the Vikings use him more.  That was one of the criticisms last year, and it may have been one of the reasons why Harvin was, at least for a day or two, unhappy last month.

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16 Responses to “Harvin shows up for camp, hoping to bring championship to Minnesota”
  1. thegrey7 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    Paul Allen (Vikings play-by-play guy) said Harvin was upset with one of his teammates, and blew up over it. It had nothing to do with his coaches, offense, or his pay.

  2. wludford says: Jul 27, 2012 11:30 AM

    If all this was about Percy wanting more playing time, that’s a no-brainer, give it to him. Vikings can’t go on with using him in only 40% of plays- like they did last year- presumably due to injury concerns. He’s young, and has been relatively healthy now, so at some point you just have to play him full-time.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    Percy’s an emotional kid who said something he didn’t mean out of frustration. He’s happy now and he’s going to be even happier as the season goes on.

  4. kevinwi says: Jul 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    yeah…he needs to be used more…only had 87 catches for 967 yards and 6TD’s, only rushed 52 times for 356 and 2TDs yards and only returned 16 kickoffs back for 1 TDs and had a 32ypr average…Top 10 in league in all purpose yards…
    yep….they didn’t use him enough at all.
    Sometimes I wonder if they just regurgitate what one person wrote without really looking anything up?

  5. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:52 AM

    he is upset because he knows Ponder sucks. Harvin started out with Brett Favre and got spoiled. Now he has Pick-6-Ponder.

  6. heavythumb says: Jul 27, 2012 11:54 AM

    Harvin and Frazier go to the same barber?

  7. scandinaviansausage1974 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:06 PM

    More playing time for Harvin certainly shouldn’t be an issue this year if AP is not ready week 1.
    If the Vikes throw it more he’s their #1 receiver.
    If they run it alot, he’s their #2 remaining rusher behind Toby Gerhard.
    If they can’t score points, he’s their #1 kick & punt returner.
    No worries.

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 27, 2012 12:23 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jul 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    Percy’s an emotional kid who said something he didn’t mean out of frustration. He’s happy now and he’s going to be even happier as the season goes on.

    —–

    Maybe. Or maybe he did mean it, but then his agent explained that he was under contract for the next two years and there was no way the vikes were going to trade him. So, his best bet is to peform well over the next two years so he can go get his big payday somewhere else.

  9. purplehayseuss says: Jul 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    taintedsaints2009:

    ***

    Elway stunk as a rookie – his first snap showed him lining up behind a GUARD. Both Mannings stunk as rookies. Favre didn’t even get to play and had ‘issues’ which is why Atlanta traded him. The list of household names that were second-guessed and pummeled in the press after lousy rookie seasons is quite long, Bub.

    And Ponder didn’t even have a training camp to speak of. No real leadership until the lockout ended. On his first NFL QB start, he scared the living Be Jezzus out of the Packers. None of them will admit it, but he did. Impressive as hell, and you can’t deny it.

    Yep, I’m a Vikings fan, duh. And I am putting Ponder into the category of names listed above. The Cam Newtons of the earth are very, very rare.

  10. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    Not a vikes fan …but ponder will be good with a training camp n some weapons

  11. vickspuppy says: Jul 27, 2012 1:14 PM

    The only way Harvin brings a championship to Minn is by stealing one of the Lombardi trophies from Lambeau. I wouldn’t put it past him actually.

  12. burnz1379 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:29 PM

    How is it that every comment section under the vikings turns into a “Ponder sucks / Ponders great” pissing match???

    Harvin had great numbers last year but they could have been better… there were a number of times that they took him out in the red zone which makes no sense at all.. I was yelling at the tv a lot last year with the red zone play calling

  13. irishgary says: Jul 27, 2012 2:23 PM

    Championship? Better check him for concussions. He may not know he’s in Minnesota.

  14. cpo187 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    If Ponder pans out (and it’s still a big IF as of now) and Jerome Simpson stays clean, the Vikings will have one hell of an offense when A.P. returns to full health.

  15. stavreafavre says: Jul 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    Maybe if he suits up with the Lynx he’ll have a chance to help bring a championship to Minnesota.

  16. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 27, 2012 4:40 PM

    Don’t blame Harvin for the confusion. This is all second hand babble from coach Frazier. Harvin knows his high school and college had items in a trophy case and vikings have zero trophies and have never ever had plans for a trophy case.

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