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Broncos trying to get a handle on Percy Harvin

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For most of the players on the Seahawks roster, the Broncos have a vast trove of video from the season to study as they prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin is a notable exception. Harvin has played just 38 snaps in two games for Seattle this season because of preseason hip surgery and a postseason concussion, leaving cornerback Quentin Jammer and the rest of the defense to a bit of guesswork about what the Seahawks will do with Harvin on Sunday.

“We don’t really have a lot of film on him,” Jammer said on Wednesday. “We do know that he can line up in multiple positions. He can hurt teams from all of those positions so I think we’ll start to prepare for him on kickoff and punt return because that’s usually the first place he makes his mark, is on kickoff. So we’ve got to make sure we get him stopped on kickoff, but as a receiver, he’s just an explosive guy.”

It’s probably a good bet that Harvin will spend a fair amount of his time on offense operating out of the slot, which would mean a lot of work for cornerback Champ Bailey if the Broncos deploy their defensive backs the same way they did in the AFC Championship Game. Bailey isn’t sure if that will be the case, but does know that Denver has to be ready for Harvin.

“Not sure what to expect. One thing I do know is they will use him,” Bailey said on Tuesday. “He’s too good of a player for them not to, so we’ll be prepared for whatever they throw at us.”

The Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl with Harvin playing little more than a cameo role, so the Broncos can’t let his presence occupy too much of their focus. As Jammer and Bailey pointed out, though, the mere fact that he’s on the field demands attention and that will make life more difficult on the Broncos defense in a few days.

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13 Responses to “Broncos trying to get a handle on Percy Harvin”
  1. h3min1230 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:27 AM

    The New England Patriots: Class of Football.

  2. erock27 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:34 AM

    Alot of people been talkin about how payton might find weakness in the seahawks defense using welker in the slot agaisnt thurmond . Lol ill tell u that quentin jammer is gunna have his hands full with percy harvin in the slot. Jammer could no long jam or cover

  3. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 30, 2014 10:46 AM

    Just get close enough to breathe on him and he’ll fall over injured.

  4. purpleguy says: Jan 30, 2014 11:01 AM

    Lets be honest Vikings fans, if Percy makes plays to win the SB, that alone makes the trade worth it for the Hawks. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t also good for the Vikes though.

  5. sikoix says: Jan 30, 2014 11:20 AM

    As a Viking fan, I have a funny feeling Percy could easily wind up being a Super Bowl MVP (which would make the trade great for both sides).

  6. jjackwagon says: Jan 30, 2014 11:21 AM

    Try to get a handle? The Broncos don’t have anybody that can even find the door when it comes to Harvin.

  7. tap79 says: Jan 30, 2014 12:46 PM

    I am hoping Percy tears up the field and scores 3 TD’s along with Lynchs 2 TD’s it should be a good day.

  8. threefeetaway says: Jan 30, 2014 12:47 PM

    You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him…

  9. mediasloppy says: Jan 30, 2014 1:30 PM

    It’s really sad to see people putting the MPV title on a guy who didn’t even get them to the Super Bowl in the first place.

    If they win it’s no longer the “TEAM” concept the Seahawks have been playing so well. It’s all about Percy, which seems to be how it goes.

  10. beastmode5150 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:31 PM

    Harvin doesn’t return Punts, so nice job “Game Planning” Broncos.

  11. frostymugobeer says: Jan 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    harvin will be soooooo rusty he may be the MVP…..for the Broncos.
    probably a fumble or 2 will be his biggest plays

  12. bert1913 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:55 PM

    putting harvin in motion out of the backfield is gonna really open up the offense

  13. fubar000 says: Jan 31, 2014 3:50 AM

    Percy Harvin is a wimp. Broncos don’t need to consider him into Seattle’s equation for success. He’ll probably smear into the turf and shatter into a million pieces. He is after all made out of glass…

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