Defenses should be bracing for a full dose of Percy Harvin

AP

Last year, the NFL got only a brief glimpse of receiver Percy Harvin before February.  Then came the Super Bowl, and Harvin arguably would have been the game’s MVP if the defense hadn’t instantly dominated Denver.

This year, with Harvin as healthy as he’s been in years, Harvin could reprise the man-among-inanimate-objects routine on a regular basis.

“He’s a tremendous threat,” Carroll told reporters regarding Harvin on Monday.  “You can feel his speed and that burst that he has, really challenges you.  You don’t know if he going to go all the way so just the opportunity to give them that problem makes them stay up a little later, trying figuring out how to stop him.  That’s good because it helps everything else.  Really good players have always helped other guys play well.  I think Percy’s factor could be one that really does help other guys also.  It won’t always be his stats and numbers and that.  And he’s fine about that.  He’s got a great attitude about helping. . . .

“We don’t have any doubt, what we want to do and what he’s capable of doing. We are really, really excited about it.”

The Seahawks discovered at some point before Super Bowl XLVIII that Harvin’s explosiveness serves the offense particularly well by putting him in motion before the snap.  If he gets the handoff, it’s off to the races, with Usain Bolt facing off against Tony Siragusa.  If Harvin doesn’t get the ball, the defense nevertheless will have to adjust after the simultaneous pucker that comes from thinking Harvin will be zipping away.

Teams that can get within hitting distance of Harvin will defend him the way the Saints did — by hitting him as hard as possible in the hopes of rattling him or knocking him out of the game.  (Bounties or not, a real incentive exists to put truly dominant players on the sidelines.)  Which means that it will be wise for the Seahawks to be careful with how they use him.

This all assumes that defense can keep up with him.  Based on what happened in the Super Bowl, there’s a chance that opposing defenses will spend most of their time running through the place where Harvin just was.

64 responses to “Defenses should be bracing for a full dose of Percy Harvin

  1. Vegas has to have a prop bet on whether or not this chandelier plays 8 games right?

  2. I really dont understand the injury prone comments when you have qbs that have missed more games in a shorter span of time… you know those guys that have 5 guys paid to protect him. Seriously, harvins had 2 injuries that caused him to miss any serious play time.

  3. I hope he plays– I ALWAYS hope he plays because he is fun to watch. But history is against it.

    And without him, Cheattle is just plain mediocre on offense.

  4. ketch20too says:
    Aug 25, 2014 8:27 PM

    “Here come the 10 year olds with their childish PED posts……”

    It sounds like SeaChicken fans have gotten a bit sensitive on that subject. It wouldn’t have even occurred to me in Harvin’s case. He hasn’t been there long enough to be steeped in the culture and has been way too injury prone to really suspect him of PEDs.

    Now, if he manages to go more than 5 games without going on IR, it will be obvious something has changed.

  5. Really ??? Like a couple of series? Until he gets hurt or has a headache? Nothing to see here, over rated.

  6. Honestly I say it all the time, majority of the people on this site don’t watch football. Its the same senseless shots, you need new material.

    Percy Harvin is an absolute beast on the field and he has looked better than ever. The guy lines up at X, Y, Z and HB and is a threat to take it to the house from any of those spots. When he is on the field defenses account for him at all times meaning that things are going to open up for everyone else. Baldwin & Kearse look to have solid seasons coming as well.

  7. He was also fresh in the playoffs because he missed so much time. Good luck getting him though a whole season healthy, focused, and fresh. Won’t happen.

  8. His hip is all better, he says he hasn’t felt this good since high school and the NFL will find out! He plays at a different speed and defenses will have a hard time stopping him. Russell Wilson already has great rapport with him. Hater, chime on!

    Go Hawks!

  9. In 2009 as a 21 yr old rookie, Percy Harvin played in 15 games. At 22 he played in 14 game and the next year at 23 he played in all 16 games. Nine games into his 4th season at 24 yrs old he had a bad ankle injury caused him to miss the rest of that season. Then in the off season it was discovered that he had a severe hip condition that needed surgery to repair so he missed the majority of his 25 yr old season. Now at 26 yrs old he is feeling as good as he has ever felt and with a true QB, something that he has actually only experienced once, Percy is poised for possibly his best season to date.

    From what we’ve seen so far in the pre-season I’m not sure other teams are going be able stop or even slow down the PHF (Percy Harvin Factor)

  10. shotgunnoblitz says:

    I really dont understand the injury prone comments when you have qbs that have missed more games in a shorter span of time… you know those guys that have 5 guys paid to protect him. Seriously, harvins had 2 injuries that caused him to miss any serious play time.

    That’s still 2 “significant” injuries in..5 years? He was listed as questionable on pretty much every weekly injury report in minny, most of the time because of migranes. The man is injury prone, but when healthy one of the more dangerous players in the league.

  11. Awesome player with a burst like I’ve never seen but when was here in Minnesota I got really sick of the attitude. I’ll gladly make that swap again (Patterson over harvin)

  12. I initially thought he was all that as well. But then I really started to look at his numbers. He is brilliant, but for very very very short periods of time. And no, I don’t mean just injuries. I mean he has one good play, and then he is always sucking wind on the sideline, or nursing a little ding here and there. He is neither durable nor reliable over a 16 game spread.

    Take a look at his stats. 5 NFL seasons, 20 rec TD’s, 4 rush TD’s. 8 TD’s in his best season. Long reception of 53 and long rush of 39. 6 fumbles as well. His numbers and contribution simply don’t add up to his salary. Oh ya, and the Seattle wins that Superbowl whether he plays or not.

    BTW: his replacement in Minnesota? 7 TD’s in 6 games started last year as a rookie. And #1 in the NFL in kick return average.

  13. As a Vikings fan, I’ve watched Harvin’s entire career. He is a rare player, a legitimate threat to score on any play from multiple positions. If he stays healthy, Seattle will get their money’s worth. Love watching the guy play.

  14. Must be tough for teams and their fans…knowing at any given time he will take it to the house and likely blow away their fastest db by at least 15 yards

  15. Obviously the question is whether he can stay healthy or not. He missed most of last season and 7 games the season before that. The haters can live in denial all they want but it doesn’t change the fact that if he’s playing, defense’s have to game plan for him. He adds another dimension to a team that was good enough to win a Superbowl without him last year and that’s gotta be scary to opposing teams.

  16. Evidently most of you haven’t watched any of the preseason. He’s averaging 40 yards per KO return and 20 yards per pass catch. In action only against the 1st strings, he’s already light years ahead of last year.

    Made of glass? If he plays 10 games, and two of them come against SF, we’ll take it.

    js

  17. Are we supposed to be scared? Harvin scares no one! Every Vikings fan knows exactly what Harvin can do and none of us would trade Harvin for Patterson.

    To FTTR, your Holy Trinity doesn’t hold a candle to Favre, Peterson, and Harvin. Favre and Peterson will be in the HOF. Harvin doesn’t stand a chance.

  18. At least he will destroy the Pack before he is injured again !! Can you see Peppers trying to cover him ???

  19. As a college FB fan, Percy is the most talented player I have seen in person since Herschel Walker.

    He has mental toughness and can fight through pain. An injury is another matter though. I hope he stays healthy and shows people what he is capable of..

  20. he is the best athlete in the nfl. nobody really comes close except adrian peterson. i can’t believe the vikings traded him. sure, patterson is good, but harvin is a franchise changer. he is the reason the broncos lost that superbowl; broncos couldn’t catch him and couldn’t cover him. and what does the guy do when a perfectpooch kick (it was damn near textbook for a pooch kick) is aimed at him? he times the ball and bounce perfectly and takes it to the house. unreal.

  21. Vikings West has yet to have an ex-Viking pan out for them. I think Percy is a hell of a talent… but I’d take his Minnesota replacement Cordarrell Patterson every time. Talent + Charisma + Character = Superstar.

  22. And RunDMC will play more than 9 games this year… And rush for 1,000 yards for the “2nd” time in his career.

  23. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 25, 2014 10:52 PM

    he is the best athlete in the nfl. nobody really comes close except adrian peterson. i can’t believe the vikings traded him. sure, patterson is good, but harvin is a franchise changer. he is the reason the broncos lost that superbowl; broncos couldn’t catch him and couldn’t cover him. and what does the guy do when a perfectpooch kick (it was damn near textbook for a pooch kick) is aimed at him? he times the ball and bounce perfectly and takes it to the house. unreal.
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    Really??? He returned a kick for a TD and made about 5 plays. Seattle would have won that game if Percy never touched the field.

  24. Yes, and there’s a certain replay for teams to play of what Percy is like when he gets a running start….2nd half kickoff….it was as if those around him were standing still…….frozen in his wake.

  25. Aug 25, 2014 9:34 PM
    Are we supposed to be scared? Harvin scares no one! Every Vikings fan knows exactly what Harvin can do and none of us would trade Harvin for Patterson.

    To FTTR, your Holy Trinity doesn’t hold a candle to Favre, Peterson, and Harvin. Favre and Peterson will be in the HOF. Harvin doesn’t stand a chance.

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    Except for the fact that our Holy Trinity owns Super Bowl Rings.

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