Sunday, June 19, 2011

With Migraines in Rear-view Mirror, Harvin set to take game to the next level

According to a story I read on recently, Minnesota Vikings' wide receiver and returner Percy Harvin has told The Virginian-Pilot that he 'feels great' and believes the migraines he suffered last season are in the past.

He goes even further in saying that he hasn't suffered an episode in about five or six months and hasn't felt this great since 'probably kindergarten.'

This lockout has given Harvin a chance to take a new approach to the game and I have no reason to not believe he will come back this year and set career-highs.
At 23, the speedy 5'11'' star will enter his third season in the league after being selected by Minnesota with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Harvin exploded in to the league during his rookie campaign, catching 60 passes for 790 yards and six touchdowns in the passing game, and two kick-offs returned for touchdowns on his way to a Pro Bowl appearance. He put up similar numbers the following year (71 catches, 868 yards, 5 TD; 1 KO return for TD) but you can likely blame the struggles and inconsistent play at the quarterback position for Harvin's numbers. Had Brett Favre carried his own weight and limit mistakes, we could have seen an 90-catch, 1,000 yard season in Harvin's second year.

Expect a 2011 statline of about 90 receptions, 1,200 yards, 8 TDs with at least one kickoff returned for a touchdown. Harvin is well on his way to breaking out as a game-changing receiver similar to Philadelphia's young deep threat DeSean Jackson.

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