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By Nate Hanson, Sports Radio KJR
Only six more days until training camp begins for what could be the greatest season in Seattle Seahawks history. Last year was certainly a success but the Seahawks front office was not satisfied. The addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin will be the x-factor for Seattle this season.
Harvin may be the most explosive player in the NFL. He was an MVP candidate through the first half of last season before suffering an ankle injury against the Seahawks. Harvin had 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns, which put him on pace for more than 100 catches and 1,000 yards. He is a triple threat. He can receive, rush and return. In his last full season, Harvin had 87 receptions, 967 yards and six receiving touchdowns, along with 345 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, plus a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Despite his great numbers, Harvin does more than what shows up on the stat sheet. His teammate, Adrian Peterson, took to Twitter to voice his frustration of Harvin’s departure calling the newest Seahawk “the best all around player I ever seen or you’ll ever see!” That’s coming from the MVP. Harvin is a game-changer. The defense has to constantly worry about where he is on the field.
Harvin’s success the last two years came with unproven Christian Ponder throwing him footballs. The only other player defenses were concerned with was Adrian Peterson. In obvious passing situations, Harvin became the defense’s sole focus. In Seattle, he is one of many weapons. He joins a receiving core that was already solid with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Zach Miller showed his importance in the playoff loss to Atlanta. Seattle’s backfield is one of the best in the NFL with Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael. Oh yeah, #3 is pretty good too.
The Seahawks averaged 42.5 points per game in their final four regular season games last year. Adding Harvin to the mix makes the Seahawks one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. He gives defensive coordinators headaches. As Puckett pointed out, the 2005 Seahawks were so great because the offense could pound the defense, tick time off the clock and finish off drives in the end zone. Seattle’s offense is built for that with Lynch and company. They can also strike quickly with Harvin and Tate on the outside. Do you remember a deep pass Wilson didn’t connect on last year? Neither can I.
One of the knocks on Harvin is that he can’t stay healthy because of his migraine issues. Wrong. In his first three seasons he missed a combined three games. Yes, he might miss a practice here and there. However, Harvin shows up on Sunday. Last I checked that’s when teams win football games.
The Seahawks traded their first round pick in last April’s draft for Harvin’s services. Minnesota used the pick on Cordarrelle Patterson. Undoubtedly, Seattle got the better of the deal.
The Seahawks were 30 seconds away from the NFC championship game last season. Harvin is an offensive weapon Seattle has never had. He may lead them to a trophy the Seahawks have never had.