After saying he was frustrated with a few things and asking for a trade during minicamp then backtracking when it was reported and he was asked about it, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will now report to training camp on time. This is not too surprising considering he has two years left on his contract, and the team could fine him on a daily basis once camp starts if he is absent.
Harvin apparently views 2012 as a contract year of sorts, and should be plenty motivated to prove he is worth a significant raise in pay next offseason. He is coming off the best season of his career in 2011, as he played all 16 games for the first time and had 87 receptions for 967 yards and six touchdowns while adding 342 yards on 51 carries along with two touchdowns on the ground. The fact he touched the ball on just over 22 percent of his snaps (139 of 621) and was often inexplicably off the field in key situations bodes well for more touches in 2012 if Harvin stays healthy.
The Vikings may lean heavily on Harvin early in the season while running back Adrian Peterson (left knee) works his way back to full health, and it would be a big surprise if he is not on the field in every key situation regardless of Peterson’s health. Harvin is the one guy Minnesota has offensively, after Peterson of course, who opposing defenses have to account for on every play and he is one of the league’s most versatile weapons so it could be argued he is a greater threat than Peterson even when both guys are 100 percent healthy.