The Seattle Seahawks knew they were in need of an explosive offensive threat at the wide receiver position if they were planning on competing with the San Fransisco 49ers for an NFC West title in the 2013 season, and they got just that when they acquired Percy Harvin in a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Vikings. Seattle’s acquisition of Harvin, who is an elite playmaker, instantly transformed the team from a fringe contender to a potential Super Bowl favorite in the minds of many pundits.
So far in OTAs, Harvin has impressed coaches and players alike with his incredible ability to get open even against the most capable of defenders. He’s drawn the praise of head coach Pete Carroll, and even Russell Wilson has extolled him during media sessions. Both seem to really like what he brings to the team and hope that he can help make an already dynamic offense even more productive this coming season.
Harvin’s role in Seattle’s offense will be simple, yet much will be asked of him. He will be looked upon to lighten the heavy load on Marshawn Lynch‘s back and add the element of surprise to make the offense more unpredictable. His versatility and athleticism should make this a fairly easy task for him, but he must remain healthy. Harvin has been somewhat injury prone during his NFL career, and his 2012 season was cut short by a sprained ankle he suffered in a week nine loss against his new Seattle teammates. From what I’ve heard, Harvin looks like himself again and there doesn’t appear to be any lingering effects from the injury.
His presence also bolsters an already talented crop of wide receivers. Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin proved to be a pretty good group of wideouts last season, but the addition of Harvin brings the group to the next level. If Harvin can stay healthy and contribute where he’s needed, I think he will make the Seahawks the team to beat in the NFC this year.
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