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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60 Responses to “Is Percy Harvin Having His Best Season Yet?”

  1. By True on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Go Harvin!! You can do this you can have one of the best season if you put you want to because anything is possible. I have faith in you and maybe next year you can make the Viking look better!!
    -Minnesota Viking RULES!!!!

  2. By Parody on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    He has some nice stats, but I just can’t see them being better than previous seasons. The biggest improvement he has had this year is that he has found a way to stay mostly healthy all season, and hasn’t missed a game yet.

  3. By Viking Joe on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Absolutely Harvin is having his best year of his young career, stats don’t lie.

  4. By Parody on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Viking Joe – The stats say that if Percy maintains his average yards per game, he’ll finish the season with 1868 total yards, compared to his rookie high of 2021. Yes, the yards are coming in a different form this year as the team isn’t allowing him to participate nearly as much in the return game, but they’re still lower.

  5. By KLAWZ on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Harvin is a beast……… takes hits, deliver hits, returns, great hands, good speed, could be a running back any day any time…………list goes on! I love me some AP but I would take Harvin over Adrian any day ….just a more complete player….. now we just need the rest of the team to step up and finally do there job… such as PH!

  6. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    And apparently it’s a rule for Musgrave to only get AP or Harvin going in any one game otherwise we would actually have scored some points, and if Ponder would stop throwing it to the other team

  7. By CanadianVF on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Harvin is having an unbelievable season this year. Since A P went down I think he has taken his game to another level and is a constant threat when he is on the field. I still do not understand why it seems he is constantly pulled off the field for certain packages and plays. You would think that this would make it easier for opposing defences because they realize he is not in the game and they do not have to worry about him, thus they will concentrate on stopping other players. Is he not a strong blocker, I just do not understand the rationale for why he is not on the field more, even of he was a decoy. If we could get and outstanding threat at wide reciever, with Percy , A P, Ponder, Rudolph, Gerhart and some improvements on the offensive line, we suddenly look scary good for putting points on the board. Percy Harvin you Rock !

  8. By KLAWZ on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    their job…. ooooopps………..parody might jump on my case

  9. By Tfunk3 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I haven’t watched a the past four games and don’t feel like i’m missing out…this team has no direction…no leadership…just going through the motions…joe webb should be the starter…frazier should be fired…spielman should be fired or they should come out and say we are blowing this thing up and going young…they should trade peterson and get some picks…rb are a dime a dozen in the league…the packers do just fine without a ap type player…they run the same plays over and over and just go to different guys…same with the patriots….

  10. By Deertracks on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    @LLAWZ: Got that one right..

    However, just remember People who think they know everything, are very irritating to those of us who do..

    On Percy..That little stick of dynamite has me sitting on the edge of my chair each time he takes off down field!!! Harvin and J. Allen are the only reasons I watch the Vikings anymore..Seeing those two tearing up the field makes me happy as a Lark…

  11. By KLAWZ on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Dif is that the Patriots and Greenbay have the 2 best QB’s in the league!!!

  12. By Rudso on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Tfunk3, I’m going to assume your not a Vikings fan with your ridicules comment, specially since you said you haven’t watched the last 4 games. So if they do fire the head coach, the GM, and start Webb and the team doesn’t do well next year, are you going to cry FIRE everyone again? Don’t be so foolish. Trade Peterson? Adrian Peterson type runners are NOT a dime a dozen, he’s a once in a life time type of player. No true Vikings fan would say trade Peterson. I don’t care what picks you can get for him. If teams knew what Adrian would have done before he got drafted, you can bet he would of been the #1 pick that year.

  13. By Deertracks on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry, KLAWZ…

  14. By Andrew on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    this is probably his best statistical season yes, however his rookie year was pretty good considering…well it was his first year in the nfl! none the less this season is nothing short of spectacular. its a shame mcnabb favored jenkins over him, harvin’s stats didnt really jump start this season until after ponder went under center. i look forward to seeing how he will end the season, 1000 rec. yards anyone?? hopefully next year he can start off strong and continue to be an exciting player to watch!

  15. By 4T funk 4 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    i’m being censored…vikes cant stand the criticism…

  16. By 4T funk 4 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    oh i’m a fan just not of this group…

    it doesn’t strike me that spielman or frazier have a plan in mind to change things…

    we got too many needs and need to many picks…that is why i would trade ap…you get a julio jones deal for him and then you can fix

    the o-line
    the secondary
    the linebackers
    the wide receivers

    frazier cuts the fat guy but won’t cut a guy who strangles his gf? wft?

  17. By 4T funk 4 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    webb is being punished by t-jacks play…he will leave eventually and be successful somewhere else just like Mike Tomlin

  18. By 4T funk 4 on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    gerhardt and rudolph are prime examples of what is wrong with drafting for highest rated over needs….

    gerhardt would never see the light of day except when ap gets hurt…gerhardt could be a petyon hillis type back if he ever got regular work…not pretty but effective if there is any o-line play….

    rudolph is fanastic but they cant even explain why the guy is standing on the sideline when it counts….

    i don’t get it…

  19. By Rogerthevikefan on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    If Harvin would have been used effectivly at the start of the season he would have easily have dashed his rookie season stats and would make the pro bowl with ease.

  20. By Rogerthevikefan on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Reports out of USC are saying LT Matt Kalil will be staying for his senior year. So for the Vikings it means draft CB Morris Claibourne out of LSU or trade back and draft Iowa’s LT Riley Reiff.

  21. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings have shown promise lately– the offense is moving down the field and scoring. We are three to five players away from being a serious contender again.

  22. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    And trading AP? Seriously? Maybe if we had a mastermind coach and GM– then just maybe– just very slight maybe. But with the way we have built the team the past few years, I wonder what we would get for our trade? I can see it now– AP traded for two gifted Tight Ends.

  23. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    There was one false report about Kalil not coming out, he will come out

  24. By SoCalVike on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    He also dominates in the Madden game…

  25. By Rogerthevikefan on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks @Twoodsnvikes I didn’t hear that the report was false. But still as of now the Rams would pick 2nd and Vikings would pick 3nd so Kalil could be gone before they get a chance to secure Ponder’s blindside. Rieff is the 2nd best LT so depending on if the Vikings want to chance it they could trade back if Kalil is gone and get Rieff while getting some more picks.

  26. By Fred Swenson on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Look at the difference between the teams in 2009 and now. 2011- No veteran QB, injuries to key players, inconsistent O line, heartbreaking secondary, and coaching that has been questionable at best. I agree with everybody here that thinks Percy needs to be on the field much more (as does Webb). Heck, if I thought he could stand it, I’d play him both ways. He couldn’t do much worse than who we have in the secondary now and, since he can actually catch a football, might rack up a few INTs that could get the defense off the field and put the offense into some short field situations where they might be able to put up some points and not go 3 and out or 6 and out. Why are all these things so obvious to so many of us, but not to the organization? I guess if I had the answer to that I might be able to get a job with a network or something.

  27. By meswant on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Harvin is an amazingly talented player – he can do it all!! I too sit on the edge of my seat everytime he gets the ball – heck when the Vikings line up I am right in front of the tv seeing where he lines up!!! It would be great if the Vikings used both AP & Harvin in the game – would really mess up defenses. I would like to see a bit more of Gerhart – I believe he is quite talented & is a good change of pace from AP. He is also pretty good out of the back field catching. The Vikings have talent – the coaches just need to do their jobs & find ways to use that talent to the max.

  28. By Mt_Viking on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I haven’t done the research but, I’m willing to bet 10,000 dollars of Mitt Romney’s money that the 2011 Vikings are the most exciting 2-11 team in history :)

  29. By VikesOwn on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    percy harvin is a beast at everything. and people saying fire the coach is stupid. every time a teams sucks they say fire the coach and when they do it goes downhill from that. man i am REALLY REALLY excited for next game vikes NEED to get revenge on the saint i mean aints and kick their a.s.s so hard i dont care if vikes lose their next 2 games THEY NEED TO WIN THIS GAME. i still remember that game in 2009 the refs cheated out the vikings and cause us to lose. WE COULD OF HAVE A SUPERBOWL trophy cause i bet we would of beat the colts..

  30. By Patches on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    AP is great at not turning the ball over thank you TG & PH yes he is turning into A beast. Now for our roc look no off seasion has hurt him & for KR he was & is better then any wr are A tightend. We have lots of picks lets keep our VETS & rase our roc’s as A family

  31. By rye on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    The vikings really need to do something with Webb. Convert the man to a WR!!!! They guy has so much talent in the open field when he is running with the ball. Such a waste to have him sitting on the bench as a #2 or #3 QB.

  32. By Viking Joe on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, I meant his receiving yards !!! Stats don’t lie.

  33. By Fred Swenson on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    The reply function doesn’t seem to be working, so I’ll do it this way; meswant hit the nail on the head. Peterson and Harvin need to be in there at the same time, and how about this; those two along with Gerhart. Halfback, flanker back fullback; I seem to remember offenses lining up that way back in the day. Give it a shot. What do we have to lose?

  34. By Dt28olb on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Ummm… Fred Swenson… Are you suggesting that we run the Wing T offense?… No… Just no… Aside from being a TERRIBLE offense, we don’t have the personnel for it. Personally I think Gerhart should just line up at fullback, I can’t imagine that Ryan D’Imperio is any better at blocking than Gerhart would be… and it would just be a way to keep your best players on the field.

  35. By Shawn on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I guess its easier for Mike Wobs to talk about the 1 guy having his best season instead of the guys who are having their worst season or have never had a good season

    Way to go Percy

    Hope Ponder doesnt get killed by the OL b4 year #2

  36. By NOSEPH on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply


  37. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    We need to let the Saints stay healthy– they may be the only hope to keep the Pack out of the Superbowl– of if the Giants get hot.

  38. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    * or

  39. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I think we will beat the Saints.

  40. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply


  41. By Shawn on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    lol Titus … at least youve been right twice :)

  42. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    Saints are going down, baby!

  43. By Frederick Jones on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply


    and let his name be Brian Billick!!!

  44. By Frederick Jones on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    $$$ ~~~~~~~~~ HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!

    and let his name be Dennis Green!!!

  45. By Frederick Jones on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply


    and let his name be Ron Yary!!!

  46. By Frederick Jones on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    It is quite apparent that SPIELMAN is not doing his job!!

  47. By Frederick Jones on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    It is quite apparent that SPIELMAN is not doing his job!!

    It is evident that SPIELMAN must be relieved of his position!!

  48. By Frederick Jones on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I dare say old chap, this fellow SPIELMAN is not using common sense during the
    drafting of those big fellas!!!

    It is quite apparent that SPIELMAN is not doing his job!!

    It is evident that SPIELMAN must be relieved of his position!!

  49. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I thought everyone said Spielman was a genius — what does Mike W. think?

  50. By Ian Binger on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    It may not be his best receiving year or returning year but he is having the best year by showing he can be very versatile when the defense is focused too much on All Day. All in all he is the best pro I have ever seen come out of Florida, and I’m a Tebow fan

  51. By #TeamPonder on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Percy really caught my eye when he took the nfl by storm his rookie year. But although Harvin has been a huge playmaker for the team, he doesn’t seem to be progressing as much as he should at his main position(RECEIVER). He’s an all around player gifted in many aspects and I love to watch him, but I’m anxiously waiting for the year he becomes a 1,000+ yard receiver.

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  53. By Ricardo Arcuri on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    If that’s the Percy Harvin’s best season yet, imagine what he can make in the next years? GO HARVIN! GO VIKINGS!

  54. By DrinkHeavyVikingFans on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nothing new to say here on Percy..he’s solid..would love to see the Vikes beat up the Saints this week..I don’t like them any more than the Green Bay Pikers..Go VIKES!

  55. By 61vikings on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mercy, Mercy, it’s Percy Harvin Time!! Please let him return all kicks!! If he did, I believe he would score 3-4 touchdowns a year!! Do not wait to the last minute to try and sign this guy, give him an extension right now and keep him in Minny for a long time!!! Three biggest studs on this team, AP, JA and Percy!!!!

  56. By LouieCaliFan on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    I would have given Percy a 100 million dollar contract before Adrian.Its a no brainer as much as I like Adrian at the end of the day he is just a running back sorry AP.

  57. By radzinwisconsin on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    People said the Vikings should of drafted Hakeem Nicks over Harvin “no effin way”!! is my opinion!!

  58. By Puckertrucker on Dec 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Fredrick Jones and the Host of Fan Blogers:

    Percy Harvin is one of the most outstanding young players to get to the Vikings roster. He’s Strong can srug off tacklers and run like a plow horse he has what it takes to win and his attitude shows it. but if we are going to win in 2012 we need to do the things that follow so we can draft an awesome list of players in 2012 but we have to work fast and it’s up to the fans that are at the few remaining home games.
    We need to Stand united and present a petition to the Wilf Family with a list of Good GM candidates and head coaching candidates to even make them listen to reason you need at least 30,000 to 50,000 names of fans that want change within the organization. then maybe the Wilf Family would really heed the Fans but just Blogging it won’t help but you guys are true Fans just like me Distribute the petition around the stadium during the last homes games and I’ll give you my permission to sign my name to it just let me know in a blog reponse Fredrick, DRS, or Titanium Titus for I am a die hard Vike Fan of 50 years.

    The one anf only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!Skol Fans.

  59. By Kevin on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    He is a stud its embarrassing to notice how our offense doesn’t utilize him a lot more in the passing game he is a major deep threat with is speed let alone in his rookie season he made spectacular mid field grabs, and now it just seems like he is rather not on the field or targeted much since he is our only real threat in the receiver position #PLEASE.DRAFT.JUSTIN.BLACKMON

  60. By vikingfan4life on Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings ARE the best 2-11 team in the history of the NFL. C’mon guys ! Look at the facts. They have lost 8 games by 7 pts or less, 5 of those losses were on the final play of the game. A play or two different in each game and we could easily be 10-3 and that is with a rookie QB and AP missing 3 games. We havent had a QB prospect like this since Fran Tarkenton. Ponder is athletic, smart, has a good arm, but most impressive is that the kid NEVER gives up. If we can pick up a couple of good DB’s, we could easily be in the mix of things next year. Don’t give up on these guys fellas cuz it’s obvious by the way they keep coming back that they haven’t given up. The offense is moving the ball consistently so we just need to stop the turnovers and fill a few holes in our defensive backfield and we WILL be a team to reckon with next year. The best thing that could happen to us is to play well and lose the next 3 games on the final play of the game. That would set us up to get some top draft picks. I will be cheering for them every week as I have done for the last 43 years but it wouldn’t break my heart if we lost the final 3 games as long as we play well. WE ARE SO CLOSE! Don’t give up fans. Next year will REALLY be different.

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