Percy Harvin doesn’t really get the credit he deserves.
When most football fans think of the NFL’s top receivers, what names come to mind?
For most fans outside of Seattle, Harvin’s name isn’t mentioned right away — even though he really should be in the conversation.
The only thing that seems to be keeping Harvin from being named among of the league’s best receivers is his health.
He has only played in all 16 regular season games one time in his career, in 2011. In the past two seasons, he has played in a total of 10 regular season games.
Last year, he played in one regular season game, parts of the NFC Divisional playoff and then the Super Bowl. We all saw his explosiveness in the Seahawks’ rout of the Broncos on Feb. 2, but could you imagine if Harvin played like that every Sunday?
He could put up video game numbers like he did when he played alongside Tim Tebow at the University of Florida. Then again, at Florida, Harvin was more of an elite running back than a receiver.
In his three years in the Sunshine State, Harvin actually had more rushing attempts (194) than receptions (133), and more rushing touchdowns (19) than touchdown catches (13).
That carried over into the NFL when he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, who used him as more of a utility, all-around player, than a flat out receiver.
In his five-year NFL career, Harvin has never had more than 1,000 receiving yards and never had more than six touchdown catches in a season.
On the flip side, he has averaged 6.4 rushing yards per attempt in his NFL career and returned 115 kickoffs for 3,241 yards and five touchdowns.
But Harvin should have his best years as a receiver in Seattle.
When the Seahawks traded for his services last year, it appeared they wanted to re-focus his skill-set and use him as their main receiver as well as their return man on kickoffs. Harvin would have been the Seahawks main man in 2013 had he not been hurt for the majority of the year.
That should mean major statistics in 2014 for both Harvin and Wilson.
Even in Seattle’s run-first offense, Wilson has managed more than 6,400 passing yards and 52 touchdowns in his two years at the helm of the offense. Those numbers will increase significantly with Harvin catching a majority of the passes.
Harvin his a playmaker, flat out. Explosive, with great speed, good hands and the agility to weave in-and-out of defenses, as we saw in the Super Bowl.
Next year, with his health back to full and a full offseason to workout with the offense, Harvin should finally be in the conversation of the league’s best receivers.
And that’s exactly where Harvin belongs.