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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