After his demand went public on June 20, Harvin used twitter to explain to his over 70,000 followers that the situation wasn’t based on money. The following day, Harvin used the social media site once again to express to his fans he that was unaware of the “crazy reports” and that he had a “great prac”.
Head coach Leslie Frazier immediately stated that the situation could be talked through and he wasn’t alarmed and general manager Rick Spielman made it known the Vikings had no such plans to trade Harvin.
The 24-hour flip-flop struck many as odd considering he seemed to directly contradict himself, but for many Viking faithful they breathed a sigh of relief. Now, they should feel even more at ease.
Yesterday rumors circulated that the maybe-maybe not disgruntled wide receiver/running back/kick returner will report to training camp on time with the rest of the team on July 26. Good news for both the fans and the Vikings, as the team’s depth chart isn’t exactly overflowing with offensive weapons.
The Vikings ended last season 18th in the league in total offensive averaging 329.7 yards per game, and 28th in the NFL in passing, with an average of 184.8 yards per contest. With second-year QB Christian Ponder under pressure to live up to his first-round 2011 NFL Draft billing, Ponder will need Harvin as a full participant in training camp.
Harvin, along with the injured Adrian Peterson, were the two bright spots on the Minnesota offense last season. Harvin was sixth in the league in receptions with 87, while Peterson had 970 yards rushing despite missing four total games (Weeks 12-14 ankle, Week 17 knee).
Adding to his 967 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns, Harvin had 345 yards and two scores on 52 rushing attempts and 520 yards and found the end zone once as a kick returner last year.
With the disappointing news this weekend that Peterson was arrested in Houston for resisting arrest, the news that Harvin plans to report to training camp without issue is welcomed now more than ever.
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