Percy Harvin wins Minnesota Vikings’ hearts
"Percy's the best player in the NFL right now," praised Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. "I'd like to see anybody challenge that with the way he's carrying the football and the way he's really driving our team along."
Coming out of three games with 27 catches for 277 yards has certainly earned Percy Harvin tremendous respect from the Minnesota Vikings, but such a production has always been within the wide receiver’s capabilities since joining the NFL in 2009.
And being that it is Bill Musgrave’s second year as Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator also serves as a determining factor in Percy Harvin’s improved performance this season. Bill Musgrave quickly picked on Percy Harvin’s distinct qualities and increased his role in the red zone. The restrictions at the position last season had almost forced Percy Harvin to lose hope in the Minnesota Vikings during June.
But now that everyone on the offense is more aware about their roles and have memorized the pages of the playbook, Percy Harvin claims it has become more easier for the offense to follow through with Bill Musgrave’s plays.
"Last year I think a lot of us didn't know the offense like we wanted to know it.We knew it, but not up and down,” noted Percy Harvin. “We were just out there playing just trying to make plays.”
"This year guys took it upon themselves to transform their bodies, to know the playbook up and down,” continued Percy Harvin. “(And now,) we all kind of know each other's positions."
That is good news for the Minnesota Vikings who are awaiting Adrian Peterson’s return anytime soon following knee surgery, and already have promise in tight end Kyle Rudolph and quarterback Christian Ponder, who will start his first complete season on the position. Percy Harvin’s tactical combination of power, speed and determination are additional bonuses towards Minnesota Vikings intentions to crush rival defensive lines and kick coverage units.
"I think he understands how he goes, our football team goes," stated Minnesota Vikings receivers coach George Stewart. "He is one of the faces of the Minnesota Vikings.”
And Percy Harvin welcomes that responsibility with open arms.
"It just gives me all the confidence in the world,” said Percy Harvin, “and it makes me love this place even more to know your teammates and everybody have each other's backs.”
Percy Harvin has one year remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Vikings, but the thoughts an extension don’t seem to riding on his mind at the moment. However, his prospects have greatly increased since early summer and the Minnesota Vikings also have a tendency to extend their key players before their last year.
"I'd dread to think of where we'd be without him,” stated Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.