Percy Harvin Vikings Best Offensive Player
When Adrian Peterson went down with a devastating torn ACL against the Washington Redskins in week 16 of last season, Percy Harvin became the Vikings de facto ‘most dangerous offensive playmaker’. Unfortunately for the Vikings, there is little else surrounding these two players. In the season finale against the Chicago Bears, without Peterson being a distraction to defensive game plans, Harvin caught 10 passes for 115 yards and recorded a rushing touchdown.
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As we approach the start of the 2012 season, Adrian Peterson is rehabbing hard and by all accounts is progressing well. Unfortunately, not many guys can say that they got back to their previous level of performance/excellence the season following major knee surgery. And there are already whispers that the Vikings might ease AP back with Toby Gerhart getting more involved in the offense… and Percy Harvin out of the backfield.
Percy Harvin as the Change of Pace RB
Harvin was a hybrid running back/wide receiver with the Florida Gators. That hybrid role is coming back with Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator. In the last several years, the Vikings front office did not focus the effort or resources to acquire a quality change of pace running back. They could have had a gem third down talent in Jahvid Best, but opted for Gerhart instead. Gerhart is actually slower than Adrian Peterson; not the change of pace most teams employ in their offensive schemes. You won’t find Darren Sproles or LaRod Stephens-Howlings on this roster. Perhaps the Vikings have their true change of pace back in Percy Harvin. This is a player who ran a 4.32 in high school and a 4.41 at the combine. The Vikings drafted a similar skilled receiver in the fourth round this year with Jarius Wright. Conceivably, with Wright playing the slot, the Vikings could put Harvin in the backfield, causing match-up nightmares for opponents.
Rebuilding and Realistic Expectations
The Vikings are in obvious rebuilding mold to the media, but you get the feeling the Vikings coaches think they can turn this team around quickly. Most league insiders believe 7 wins should buy head coach Leslie Frazier more time. If that is the case, the Vikings need to lean heavily on its healthy established stars. With Peterson being eased gradually back into the fold, the Vikings might have to rely more on its sharp, Swiss army knife-like offensive weapon: Percy Harvin.