Seattle Seahawks: Expectations for Percy Harvin in Debut Against Minnesota Vikings
At this point, the Seattle Seahawks look like one of the clear-cut Super Bowl favorites. At 9-1, Seattle has had its share of convincing victories and has also won some ugly, grind-it-out type of contests in 2013. But, that’s what has made this team so special. In week 12, Seattle is set to face the 2-7 Minnesota Vikings at home in a game that should be quite a blowout.
The story this week has been the return of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the field for the Seahawks, giving quarterback Russell Wilson an immediately-elite option on offense in both the run and passing game. Harvin might even find himself returning some kicks this week, which would make him even more lethal.
But, as he prepares to take on his former team, what should we expect from him? Well, as we saw last week, Wilson doesn’t necessarily need another playmaker to succeed in getting the ball in the end zone. But, Harvin will only help that cause.
For this reason, I expect the Seahawks to ease Harvin into his role on offense. He should see the field a few times during each drive, assuming it goes longer than a three-and-out. Like I said earlier, he could also be featured on special teams.
Seattle doesn’t view Harvin’s return as a move of desperation. Head coach Pete Carroll and the coaching staff have played it safe, especially because of the fact that they are at the top of the NFC and don’t have any pressing reason to compromise Harvin’s health.
Of course, Harvin will be seeing his former team for the first time since being traded away from Minnesota and some of his former teammates aren’t too excited to face a player of his caliber.
“Obviously, Percy is a phenomenal player,” defensive end Jared Allen said, according to ESPN. “The dude is so versatile. He’s tough and shifty. He’s one of those guys if the ball’s in his hands he makes plays. We wish him all the success; at least I do, just not against us.”
Well, I wouldn’t necessarily count on Harvin exploding for 200 multi-purpose yards and a couple of touchdowns this week. But, Allen and his defense sure do have a tough task on their hands with or without Harvin on the field. Look for the wideout to get into the action this week and immediately make a difference — just don’t count on a career day.
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