With his production on the field over the first 7 games of this season, WR Percy Harvin will undoubtedly gain serious consideration for rookie of the year honors at season’s end. The numbers are quite staggering and are actually already good enough to gain him consideration.
Harvin’s performance on Sunday in Heinz Field only added to those numbers. He returned a 4th quarter kickoff 88 yards for a TD, giving him his 2nd kickoff return TD on the season already and making him the only player in Vikings history with 2 or more kickoff return scores. He also leads the NFL with a 29.8-yard kickoff return average
But as anyone who has watched the Vikings this season realizes, Harvin’s contributions don’t begin or end on special teams. Against the Steelers on Sunday, the playmaking WR had 3 receptions for 42 yards and 1 rush for 7 yards. For the season, including returns, Harvin has 53 touches for 1,007 yards and 4 TDs. That averages out to 19 yards per touch.
Among rookie WRs, Harvin ranks 2nd in receptions with 23 and he leads all rookies and is 2nd in the NFL with 13 receptions on 3rd down.
But aside from his substantial production as a rookie, what strikes me about Harvin from being around him during the early part of his career is his toughness. He’s playing with and through a shoulder injury that is clearly causing him pain. He is fearless going across the middle and I can’t remember a Vikings kick returner who attacked creases with such aggression. Too often we see returners across the league who hesitate and dance too much as they approach a kick return. Harvin doesn’t do that, and he’s doing all of this with an injured shoulder.
Pro Bowl voting begins today and I know one thing – he has my vote. And he’ll also have a lot of votes for rookie of the year honors at season’s end.
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