Percy Harvin and the 5 Most Versatile Weapons in the NFL
It's one of the buzzwords around the NFL today, as players that are capable of hurting opposing defenses in a number of ways are all the rage in the National Football League.
This versatility was on display in Week 4, as Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin got Sunday's action rolling by returning the opening kickoff of Minnesota's matchup with the Detroit Lions 105 yards for a touchdown.
So, with that electrifying return still fresh in our minds, let's take a look at a handful of the most versatile offensive weapons in the NFL today.
5. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams
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Fourth-year wide receiver Danny Amendola has become quarterback Sam Bradford's go-to guy in the St. Louis Rams' passing attack, as evidenced by Amendola's 21 catches and two touchdowns in the Rams' two wins this year.
Amendola also handles punt return duties in the Gateway City and has returned kicks in the past, including breaking one 84 yards back in 2010.
4. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons
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A shifty running back from Oregon State, second-year pro Jacquizz Rodgers is just beginning to come into his own in the NFL.
Rodgers has seen his role on offense increase substantially in the Falcons' new up-tempo offense, racking up 163 total yards through four games with a touchdown.
Rodgers has also averaged over 35 yards a return on kicks so far in 2012. As the youngster receives more touches on offense, his is a name we'll be hearing more often in the future.
3. Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears
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No player in the National Football League inspires more fear in opposing special teams coaches than wide receiver Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.
The seventh-year veteran is a virtuoso in the return game, having racked up over 6,300 career yards returning kicks and punts, including an NFL-record 17 touchdowns.
Here's an idea guys...kick it away from him. Far, far away.
The only thing stopping Hester from being higher on this list is the fact that so far he's been only a ho-hum wide receiver in the NFL, never topping 800 yards in a single season.
2. Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints
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The New Orleans Saints have struggled through a nightmarish start to their 2012 season, losing their first four games and watching their dreams of playing in the Super Bowl on their home field go up in smoke.
Part of the reason why may lie in the fact that they haven't gotten the ball to eighth-year running back Darren Sproles nearly enough.
One year after setting career highs across the board and setting an NFL record for yards from scrimmage Sproles, who is capable of hurting teams in any number of ways, has seen his role on offense decrease significantly.
That may be due in part to defensive game-planning, but the Saints need to do some game-planning of their own and get Sproles the ball more in space.
1. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings
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There's no player in the National Football League capable of hurting you in more ways right now than Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings.
As I alluded to in the title slide, Harvin is one of the most dangerous return men in the NFL, as evidenced by his touchdown Sunday against Detroit.
The fourth-year pro is a more-than-capable receiver as well, with 87 catches for nearly 1,000 yards last year and 30 receptions already this season.
Also, Harvin can get it done on the ground, averaging over six yards a carry on 52 totes in 2011 with running back Adrian Peterson on the shelf.
Now that's versatile.