Percy Harvin's Versatility Makes Seahawks WR a Significant Postseason Factor

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks runs a pass route against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Percy Harvin may have spent 15 of the Seattle Seahawks' 16 regular-season games on the sideline in 2013, but his versatility makes him an undeniable factor for the upcoming NFL playoffs this January.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Harvin, who is recovering from hip surgery and a subsequent setback, was on top of his game in a recent practice session, leaving head coach Pete Carroll with no other option but to keep him in the mix:

According to's Clare Farnsworth, Carroll has confirmed that Harvin will return to practice in 2014 as Seattle gears up for the NFC divisional round on Jan. 11:

Percy is going to practice with us when we get back (Thursday) with the intention of playing in this next game. And we'll see what happens. That's the intention and we've got to see how he goes. 

He's come to the point where we can go to that and we'll keep our fingers crossed for him. He wants to contribute and be part of this team. And he's going to do everything he can to be part of that.

While it remains to be seen whether Harvin will take the field for the Seahawks in their first playoff game or at some point down the road, it's difficult to imagine him sitting out with so much at stake—not to mention the Seahawks would have likely placed him on injured reserve if he was unfit to perform.

However, if Harvin does play, he'll be a crucial component for Seattle. 

While the 25-year-old is listed as a wide receiver, he might as well be a designated playmaker. In addition to possessing the hands and speed of an NFL-caliber wideout, Harvin boasts the agility and elusiveness of a running back.

Keep in mind that he's carried the ball more than 100 times since his rookie year in 2009 and averages 6.4 yards per attempt over that time.

On top of that, his vision and ability to make defenders miss make him a nightmare to bring down on kickoff returns. In his lone appearance for Seattle this season, Harvin returned his only kickoff 58 yards, setting up the Seahawks offense in prime scoring position. Harvin's juggling 17-yard reception was also a tremendous showcase of his athleticism. 

There's no doubt that an in-form Harvin would provide a much-needed spark for quarterback Russell Wilson and Seattle's 26th-ranked passing attack.

But Harvin is clearly much more than just another target for Wilson. Whether Seattle is utilizing him downfield, on screen plays or as a runner on end-around plays, his impact is sure to be felt. If not, his presence alone makes the Seahawks offense that much scarier. 

He's another weapon opposing defensive and special teams coordinators have to game-plan for and adds depth for Seattle offensively. 

It's that versatile threat that makes Harvin an indisputable factor come playoff time for Seattle.


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