Is Percy Harvin Having His Best Season Yet?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 13, 2011 – 8:51 am

Percy Harvin burst onto the NFL scene in 2009, joining Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson to form one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. In his rookie year, Harvin contributed not only as a receiver, but as a runner and returner as well. He established the Vikings record for the most combined yards with 2,081 (1,156 kickoff returns, 790 receiving, 135 rushing), surpassing Herschel Walker’s 2,051 yards in 1990 and Peterson’s 2007 total of 2,021 yards.

There was no sophomore slump for Harvin in 2010, as he led the team in receiving with 71 grabs for 871 yards and 5 scores and he also became just the 5th player in franchise history to score by rushing, receiving and return in a single season.

But this year, Harvin may be having his best season yet. The Vikings have fallen short of expectations as a team, so perhaps the lack of success on a team level hides some of the shine on Harvin’s star. But Harvin’s contributions won’t go unnoticed here.

Two weeks ago Harvin had a career-high 156 receiving yards and 2 TDs, and he followed that up last week in Detroit by collecting another career high, this time in receptions (10), and he added 69 receiving yards and another TD along the way. Harvin also returned a kickoff 47 yards late in the game to set the stage for Joe Webb to lead his second TD drive of the game and pull the Vikings to within 6 points in the middle of the 4th quarter.

Add it all up, and Harvin touched the ball 15 times against Detroit and accumulated 156 total yards and the TD. For the season, Harvin has 1,073 yards from scrimmage on 111 touches (9.7 yards per touch). As stated above, Harvin is also a contributor as a returner. Add in Harvin’s return yards on the season, and he has 1,518 combined yards on 123 touches (12.3 yards per touch).

Harvin’s productivity has been even more valuable of late because Peterson has missed the last 3 games with an ankle injury, causing the Vikings offense to lean even more on the dynamic playmaker. Harvin ranks among the NFL leaders in several areas over the second half of the 2011 regular season. Since Week 10, Harvin ranks 1st in the NFL with 38 receptions, 2nd behind New England’s Rob Gronkowski in TD receptions with 5 and 3rd in scrimmage yards with 554 behind Ray Rice (593) and Maurice Jones-Drew (608).

So, considering his sensational rookie campaign and then considering his performance to date this season, is Harvin having his best season? Let us know what you think by leaving your opinion in the comments section below this entry.

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