My Patience with Percy Harvin is Just About Up

Brandon SkatesContributor IAugust 1, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Percy Harvin #1 of the Florida Gators celebrates with quarterback Tim Tebow #15 during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Whatever your feelings regarding Brett Favre's stiff-arm of the Minnesota Vikings you have to admit that his move puts more pressure on a Viking offense many believed was poised to have a huge year. Now with Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels under center more pressure has been put on the rest of the offense including rookie Wide Receiver Percy Harvin.

Can Percy Harvin handle the pressure? Is he mature enough to handle the on and off the field distractions awaiting him in the NFL? I'm not sure he is.

This is the same guy who managed to fail a drug-test at the NFL combine (one he knew was coming for months!), the same player who was sent home from the rookie symposium because of flu-like symptoms, and the same player who couldn't finish out the Vikings mini-camp because of similar concerns.

I consider myself the type of person who calls it the way I see it. Therefore, I'll concede that the mini-camp issue had more to do with the concern over the swine flu and was apparently completely out of his control. However, how many more excuses can one person possibly have?

Add to the list of offseason Harvinisms one more concern, a training camp hold-out. Apparently Harvin has yet to to get a clue and is bordering upon prima-donna status, although the players slotted directly before and after Harvin have come to terms with their respective teams the Vikings have not been so lucky.

Maybe Harvin will prove me wrong. I hope he does, but I think we should all be cautious and realize what we are seeing. So far, we have seen a young man incapable of making good decisions or a person with unbelievably bad luck. Either way, things do not look promising for his rookie season with the Vikings.