The spotlight was on the Seattle offense Thursday night, but there was a special light on veteran wide receiver Percy Harvin.
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The former University of Florida star returned to the lineup this season after missing the majority of the previous season with nagging ankle and hip injuries. During training camp, you could see Harvin on the field 99.9 percent of the time running drills, catching passes, or grabbing hand-offs from quarterback Russell Wilson.
Harvin was involved in every facet of the Seahawks offense, catching all seven of his passes from the elite Wilson for 59 yards — and rushing four times for 41 yards on a variety of misdirection plays. He also had a long gainer called back because of a penalty. And he returned three kickoffs for 60 yards. Most of the receiving yards came on one 33-yard gain.
He was also a pain to the Green Bay defense on jet sweeps, something their defense couldn’t bite down on and it could very well become a staple of the Seattle offense. Although Harvin didn’t see the end zone, and only had one big play, his first performance made fantasy owners, like myself, very happy to have him apart of their ESPN or NFL.com fantasy leagues.
He put up a very nice 10 points against Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers defense. The Seahawks are clearly determined to get the ball to their threat. He looked as if he’d played every game since he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round, and like he’d never had an injury in his life. Purely healthy.
While the team’s punt-return job may be up for grabs after Earl Thomas fumbled, Harvin probably won’t be a candidate for those duties.
Percy Harvin has 15 more games to pull some more tricks out of his bag. Let’s see how he does.