Harvin Continues Impressive Rookie Campaign

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 30, 2009 – 7:54 am

Vikings WR Percy Harvin tallied 6 receptions for 101 yards and a TD on Sunday in his team’s 36-10 route of division rival Chicago at Mall of America Field. While that performance marks his first 100-yard receiving game in the NFL, it’s just the latest example of why he’s the front-runner for rookie of the year honors.

But Harvin doesn’t seem worried about yardage totals or postseason honors. Just as his superstar RB teammate Adrian Peterson, teams goals come first for Harvin.

“I don’t worry about yards,” Harvin said in the locker room after Sunday’s win. “All I worry about is as long as we get the victory we’re making another step towards our team goal.”

The Vikings team goals include winning another division title and ultimately winning a Super Bowl. And the efforts of Harvin are aiding in those quests. What makes Harvin so valuable to the Vikings isn’t simply his receiving skills; it’s his versatility. For the season – combining his receiving, rushing and kick return yards – Harvin has 1,617 yards and 7 TDs on 84 touches; that’s 19.25 yards per touch.

“He is a triple threat,” Vikings G Artis Hicks said. “I think defensive coordinators and special teams coordinators, they look at that and have to game plan against that. If he isn’t the rookie of the year, show me another guy who is.”

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said he couldn’t recall seeing a more versatile player in his coaching career. And Vikings QB Brett Favre was complimentary of Harvin on Sunday, too.

“I think Percy is on his way to a league of his own,” Favre said. “He’s quick like Wes Welker. He is strong. He’s got a long ways to go to be in the same category as Wes, but at the rate he is going he is a dominant force in a lot of ways.

“(He’s) smart. He understands the game. Does he make mistakes? Does he wish he would have done this or done that? Sure. But I think the way he’s performed this year, and there is still a lot of football to be played, but the guy is legit.”

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9 Responses to “Harvin Continues Impressive Rookie Campaign”

  1. By movers on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    Just great to see Percy have success with the Vikings and that the Vikings realize how special he is. If you guys change your mind we would be happy to have him back in time to play Alabama in the Sec champ game this Sat. Go gators.

  2. By rap99 on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    didn’t know what to expect from harvin, alot of gator fans told me he was the real thing, i’m a believer now! go percy, GO VIKES. and lets go pats, beat them saints!

  3. By Popper on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    Percy Harvin without a doubt, Rookie of the Year. Reminds me of a young Randy Moss (remember him) only better, and no attitude. The sky is the limit for this young to be super star.

  4. By vikingfan1955 on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    again chilly makes a good draft pick when he was criticized for his choice.First it was ap because of his shoulder and then harvin for his off the field and headche issuses.Harvin is a beast and will only get better,With him rice and berrian no defense can cover them all.

  5. By Tom on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    Popper – Harvin is great but Randy Moss he is not. Moss is arguably the greatest WR of all time. He had 17 TDs as a rookie. Unless Harvin has 10 more TDs in the next 5 games, I don’t expect it to be debated.

  6. By GJ on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve watch Percy through Pop Warner, Landstown High School(Va.Beach, Va.), and Flordia. If he’s on your team, look to win. He will show the Saints how to play football. If you have any doubts, youtube him and watch the results.

  7. By Don EV on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    Percy Harvin is our ACE in the hole!
    Did you see his acceleration against da bears wow!

  8. By SUPERBOWL CHAMPS on Dec 2, 2009 | Reply

    Hes not the same type of receiver as Randy Moss!

    Randy Moss is one of best WR ever to play!

    PH is a Wes Welker clone though! Both are quick and strong!

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