Although Percy Harvin ultimately helped the Seattle Seahawks win a Super Bowl, his first year with the team didn’t go exactly to plan from an individual standpoint. Harvin dealt with hip problems all season and appeared in just one regular season game and caught one
Given last year and the injury problems Harvin has had throughout his professional football playing todays, coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks will place an emphasis on keeping the wideout healthy in 2014.
Carroll on Harvin: A unique football player. He’s going to have a significant role. … Will be very important to keep him healthy.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) September 1, 2014
Whether this ultimately means Seattle will reduce Harvin’s snaps or simply tries to put him in a position to absorb less contact, it’s a no-brainer for the team.
Harvin is clearly Seattle’s top receiving threat and the dynamic playmaker can make life awfully tough for opposing defenses. The Seahawks’ passing game ranked 26th in yards per game this past season and it’s certainly fair to suggest that rank would have been higher if Harvin played in more than one game in 2013.
Also, the loss of wide receiver Golden Tate in free agency to the Detroit Lions this offseason makes Harvin’s presence on the field even more critical for Seattle.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Harvin with the No. 22 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Florida. Harvin has 281 catches for 3,319 yards and 20 touchdowns in his career.