Percy Harvin has big expectations for himself after signing a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills earlier in the offseason but is he setting himself up for failure?
The Buffalo Bills are hoping they’ll be successful where the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets haven’t and are taking a gamble that they can tap into the potential of Percy Harvin and see him produce at a Pro Bowl level.
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Harvin signed a one-year deal with the Bills in March and reportedly picked them over interest from the New England Patriots where he would have been on the receiving end of passes from Tom Brady and not E.J. Manuel or Matt Cassel.
Despite questions at quarterback in Buffalo, Harvin envisions a career season is on tap and isn’t mincing his words after his first official work day with the Bills.
“The world has yet to see me really explode like I’m about to,” Harvin told reporters at the Bills conditioning program on Monday.
Is Harvin setting himself up for failure by making such bold proclamations in April considering he is on his fourth team in the last three years and he’s relying on a first-round bust or a failed starter to get him the ball so he can explode?
He was a jack-of-all trades talent in college at Florida and his best success in the NFL has come as a kick returner, but Harvin recognizes his one-year deal he signed means he has to dominate this year to get a big payday or his time in the NFL could be coming to an abrupt end sooner than later.
Questions at quarterback will linger into training camp and likely into the regular season but after the trade for LeSean McCoy, signing of tight end Charles Clay and a big bump from second-year receiver Sammy Watkins expected, Harvin won’t have any excuses if he can’t get open and make plays with that much talent around him.
Then again, the same was said when he was acquired by Seattle and he flamed out there. Do you think this is finally the year Harvin lives up to his potential and has his first 1,000 yard season in his seventh NFL season?
Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown with Seattle and New York last year. He also added 202 rushing yards on 33 carries for a 6.1 yards per carry average and another score in 13 games. Harvin also ran back 32 kicks for 778 yards.
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