Seattle Seahawks: Percy Harvin Should Not Rush Back

By Todd Pheifer
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The Seattle Seahawks are sitting pretty atop the NFC West at 6-1. NFL teams cannot take it easy when they reach these types of positions, but it is certainly a good sign when a team like Seattle can start with this record.

Percy Harvin is getting closer to returning, and many eyes will be on him when he starts getting back into full-speed drills. Will he be the explosive offensive threat that he has been in the past? Or, will surgery have robbed him of some speed? Could it take him some time to adjust to the rigors of the NFL experience?

No one knows. We will find out soon enough.

It is certainly exciting to think about what Harvin and Russell Wilson could do together. With Harvin on the field, Marshawn Lynch could be even more effective on the ground as defenses may be forced to drop more defenders into coverage.

The fact remains that Harvin does not have to rush back. He may be eager to play, but Seattle wants him healthy. The Seahawks want Harvin to be catching passes in the playoffs, not the middle of the season.

This isn’t to suggest that Harvin should be tentative and shy away from any sort of contact. At some point, Harvin has to take a hard hit from a defensive back or a linebacker.

However, the Seahawks are in a good place right now. The team can afford for Harvin to take his time, find his role in the offense and develop chemistry with Wilson. Harvin does not need to catch 10 balls in his first week back from surgery.

There will be a lot of intrigue surrounding the return of one Percy Harvin. Hopefully, the performance will actually live up to the hype.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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