Percy Harvin continues to be the Vikings most dynamic weapon on a week-to-week basis. His ability to produce as a pass-catcher and a kick returner is well-chronicled, but we should also not forget that Harvin can contribute as a runner as well.
On Sunday against the Falcons, Harvin continued to climb the WR rushing charts. For the season, Harvin has 33 attempts for 235 yards, which places him in 4th place all-time among WRs for rushing yards in a single season. Harvin is just 64 yards behind Brad Smith for 3rd place all-time and he’s 146 yards away from matching Joshua Cribbs’ 2009 effort for 2nd place all-time. San Diego’s Lionel James holds the NFL single-season record for rushing yards by a WR with 516 in 1985.
Harvin’s touches and production have increased each week since the Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers on October 23 (Christian Ponder’s first career start). Last Sunday against the Falcons was no exception. Harvin had 210 yards and 2 TDs on 14 touches, which raises his season totals to 1,187 combined yards on 95 touches (averages out to 12.5 yards per touch).
Taking kickoffs out of the equation, here are Harvin’s touches-yards-TD totals over the past 5 games: 4-23-0; 8-77-1; 9-70-0; 11-94-1; 13-106-1.
Being productive in a variety of ways is the strongpoint of Harvin’s skill set. In 2009 as a rookie, Harvin established the Vikings record for the most combined yards with 2,081 (1,156 kickoff returns, 790 receiving, 135 rushing). Then in 2010, Harvin finished 2nd in the NFC and 5th in the NFL with 1,908 combined net yards.
Whether on ground or in the air, Harvin is a dynamic playmaker and it’s a treat to watch him every Sunday.
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