Percy Harvin is healthy and ready for the regular season


Percy Harvin can’t stop smiling. It’s almost time for the regular season.

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And he has no reason to stop smiling. He’s been through a lot in the past two seasons.

Missing 23 games due to ankle and hip injuries would make anyone unhappy. But now he is fully healthy and ready to run through a couple of tackles and across some end zone lines.

All through training camp he has been able to run drills with 100 percent of energy and not be pulled down by a nagging hip or aching ankle. Injuries that held him to one game last season. No tweaks. No strains. No hurt. All Percy.

“I haven’t felt this good since before my college days at the University of Florida and I’ve found gears that I didn’t know I had,” Harvin said earlier this month. “I definitely feel a lot better. I’ve got a lot more motion than I’m used to having. I can do a lot more cuts and just a lot of different motions that I wasn’t able to do before.”

Sounds like defenses are going to be breaking their ankles trying to catch him. And he was a league MVP candidate before he got hurt two seasons ago with the Minnesota Vikings. So if he’s gotten better this season with things like cleaner cuts after his injuries, oh boy, it’s going to be a sight to see.

With Percy Harvin in the preseason first-string lineup, the offense scored on nine back to back possessions over the last couple of games with seven of those possessions concluding with touchdowns.

“What we’re seeing is really good execution and a lot of positive things with minimal negative plays,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “Russell is getting the ball out really quickly and when he isn’t, he’s moving the ball efficiently and finding a place to put the ball and keeping the drives alive.”

Percy Harvin has rarely missed a rep in practice during training camp. He’s even begged to stay on the field despite the coaches trying not to give him too much work to early.

“We’re loving the grind right now. Practice has been fun. Competing — it’s been a joy,” says Harvin with a huge grin on his face. Even if he wouldn’t have said anything, everyone would’ve know that he was ready for the  regular season.

Harvin’s grind has allowed him to develop some more chemistry with quarterback Russell Wilson that they didn’t have last season. He’s adding speed and versatility to the offense this season.

“To add Percy to the mix, it make our personnel so much tougher to defend,” Wilson said.

The regular season can’t come soon enough for the Florida alum.

“I’m definitely ready,” he says. “I’m right on point right now. Just got to keep working and keep grinding.”