Finally the preseason is over, the hype has reached it’s peak, and the regular season is set to begin. Before it does I want to get in on some of these bold predictions people like to make before the opening kickoff, so here it is. Percy Harvin will win the comeback player of the year award, will remain healthy throughout the season, will return at least three kicks for TD’s, and will accumulate 1,200 combined yards.
Yes, I believe in Percy Harvin. He is by far one of the most dynamic players in the league who can play in multiple positions on offense. Having Marshawn Lynch in the backfield and Russell Wilson under center, who is always a threat to pick up big yards on the ground at QB, Percy Harvin will be a tough man for defenses to cover.
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Every play Harvin was involved in during the Super Bowl was a huge play, and at this point there is no reason to think that will change much during the season. Also, looking around the rest of the division, a lot of defensive players have gone down for large chunks of time. It’s hard enough for a starter to slow down Harvin, but try plugging in someone from the second-string to handle him.
Because Seattle is not a pass-heavy team, I expect Harvin to be on the receiving end of a lot of short screen passes and sweep runs, which will allow him to get outside of the tackles and utilize his speed. This will also take a bit of pressure off of Lynch.
In a sense, Harvin’s absence might have been a bit of a blessing in disguise. There is not much film on him with Seattle for opposing teams to study. All anyone knows is that the Seahawks have Weapon X loaded in their cannon, and how they use him is anyone’s guess.