Percy Harvin possesses a unique blend of speed and quickness, which is why he’ll be such a dynamic threat on offense for the Vikings. But those traits also make him a prime candidate to handle kick return duties for the Vikings.
As shifty and talented as Harvin is, though, he didn’t handle return duties while playing for the University of Florida. This means that he’ll have to refine his skills significantly at the NFL level. Through his 1st few practices with the Vikings this past spring, Harvin seemed to grasp the technique of kickoff return a little quicker than punt return.
“Leaving OTAs he was getting more comfortable with the punt return and we knew it was going to be something he has to work on, so we just need to get him up to speed,” Vikings special teams coordinator Brian Murphy said. “As for kickoff returns, they were looking pretty natural yesterday.”
Because of his blend of speed and quickness, along with a knack for making people miss and finding the endzone, Harvin could be a dangerous return man in the NFL. Right now, it’s just a matter of refining his skills.
Said Murphy: “He has the ability to catch both punts and kicks and I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses as the camp goes.”
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