WR Percy Harvin - Free Agent
|5-11, 192||Born: 5-28-1988||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
2016 Week 11 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin is still working his way into game shape. Harvin saw three touches, but his one drop could have iced the game early for Buffalo. Late in the fourth quarter, on a 3rd-and-5 play, Harvin was targeted on an out-route, but the target sailed through his hands. Harvin looked sluggish on his break, leading to questions about his conditioning. Harvin should get better as the season progresses, but he may need another game or two.
2015 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Harvin did Harvin things. The Bills ran a reverse with him, he caught passes in the flat, and his TD was one of those traditional "run fast and straight" routes that Harvin is so fond of running. With Taylor's big arm and lack of many other receiving weapons, Harvin could be seeing a lot of touches in this upgraded Bills offense.
2015 Week 2 vs NE (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Harvin has really been living up to his reputation in his time with the Bills. He used his top-end speed to beat Patriot defenders, drawing a DPI that lead to a Bills TD the next play. Harvin was also utilized in short routes and end-arounds that give him the ball in space. Sometimes it even worked. Harvin did fumble once but a combination of the awareness of Sammy Watkins and the out-of-bounds chalk kept the ball with the Bills.
2015 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Rex Ryan sure knows how he wants to use Harvin. The majority of Harvin's targets were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, taking place in the flat. He did run a deep route well and beat the defender but Taylor overthrew the ball. Harvin was also used for two end-arounds. In an offense that seems destined to rely on short passes and running in space, Harvin is a good fit.
2015 Week 4 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Bequeathed eight targets, Harvin ended the game with only three receptions. However, Harvin played well on two plays that won't show up on the stat sheet. On one deep route, Harvin beat his defender and was away clean but for a badly thrown ball by Tyrod Taylor. Earlier in the game on another deep route, Harvin adjusted to woefully under-thrown ball. The Giants were called for defensive pass interference, something that would not have happened if Harvin hadn't been aware of the ball's location.
2015 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Harvin received the most targets on the team (with four) but did not manage to haul any of them in. However, this was not for lack of trying. Harvin was open three times, once for a deep ball and twice for short routes, but bad Taylor passes and an offensive penalty prevented any chance of a completion. Harvin also received a carry that went nowhere.
2014 Week 1 vs GB (7 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec, 4 / 41 / 0 rush)
Harvin was thrown to early and often. He rushed the ball, dangerously taking the ball in stride as he motioned through the backfield on numerous occasions. On those plays, the defense just couldn't contain him. He would easily hit the first down marker before the defenders could get a hand on him. The majority of balls thrown his way were of the very short variety. He is far and away the first look in the passing game. His biggest play came on a crossing pattern, in which his coverage (two defenders) ran into each other like keystone cops, allowing Harvin to be off with a catch-and-run for 33 yards. As a bonus, he also looked fantastic on kick returns.
2014 Week 2 vs SD (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 2 / 45 / 1 rush)
Harvin started the game off with a short catch, and then a 51 yard scoring run on a pitch play. It happened so quickly and looked too easy as he went completely untouched into the end zone. What looked like a piece of brilliant sideline running became controversial after the fact, but the Chargers did not challenge the play. A little later, Harvin fumbled a kickoff return, and (for whatever reason) didn't see the ball again until way late in the 4th quarter.
2014 Week 3 vs DEN (9 / 7 / 42 / 0 rec)
Harvin looked good catching the ball, but didn't get very far with any of them. He made the most of it, with a couple of speedy routes that got the Seahawks first downs. But overall he was pretty well contained by the defense, and had no big plays. Russell Wilson's interception was intended for Harvin, who was in position to catch the high pass, but it was tipped on the way. He was an integral part of the OT scoring drive with two short first down catches.
2014 Week 5 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a thrilling game, he really did. But in the end, he had THREE (!!!) touchdowns called back on penalties. And amazingly, on three very different plays. The first was a 16 yard sweep that he ran after lining up in the backfield; second was the very next play, a 26 yard screen pass (which was wiped out due to his own false start); and third came early in the fourth quarter, when he found daylight on a 41 yard pass over the middle, with the nearest defender at least five yards behind him. On the early non-TD's, he fought hard to the end and looked as elusive and fast as ever. Aside from these (non)highlights, Harvin was used mainly on short pass plays which were predictably low percentage, and therefore the low yardage total. He showed on the 41 yard play that he can get behind the defense, but rarely runs those patterns. Instead, he continues to tough it out with the short stuff, taking a seemingly large number of hard hits in the process. In fact, late in the first half, he did injure his leg, but was able to limp off the field on his own and did return to play in the second half.
2014 Week 6 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a forgettable game, but the Seahawks were clearly attempting to get him the ball a bit more, at least in the early going. He ran two sweeps early on, but had nowhere to run as the defense closed on him incredibly fast. Also worrisome is the pounding he takes from linemen and linebackers on these plays, as opposed to dealing with a single DB downfield. Aside from his kick returns, Harvin didn't contribute until the third quarter when he had another very short run and caught a short pass over the middle.
2014 Week 8 vs BUF (9 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 4 / 28 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin made his New York debut by appearing on 37 snaps, but failed to make an impact. New York attempted to force feed Harvin by making him the first option on nearly a third of his plays (nine targets and four carries). Harvin also served as New York's kick returner, but failed to provide a spark. During the first quarter, Geno Smith was forcing poorly thrown targets in Harvin's directions and he was unable to make plays. New York attempted to reinvent Harvin, using him mostly as an outside receiver. Seattle did not use Harvin in that fashion and all three of his catches came on quick-hitting throws near the line of scrimmage. New York attempted to break Harvin out of his mold as a running back/wide receiver, but it was not successful.
2014 Week 9 vs KC (13 / 11 / 129 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin was targeted a team high 13 times as Michael Vick clearly wanted to feed him the ball. Harvin was mainly utilized as a gadget player near the line of scrimmage, but received a few deep targets. Harvin was deployed on a variety of short, intermediate, and vertical routes, showcasing his ability to make plays all over the field. Despite his lofty yardage total, only 19 of Harvin's 137 total yards occurred during the first half. Harvin didn't start making play until the second half. Midway through the third quarter, Vick went to Harvin on three straight plays on quick slant routes. Harvin caught all three passes near the line of scrimmage and accelerated into the open field for gains of 9, 9, and 7 yards, respectively. New York trailed by 14 points during the fourth quarter, but Harvin stepped up and made plays as a deep threat. Midway through the fourth quarter, Harvin ran a deep post route, jumped over Sean Smith and hauled in a 43-yard reception. His reception drew a huge reaction from New York's sideline and clearly gave a boost to the offense.d
2014 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec, 6 / 33 / 0 rush)
For the second straight week, Harvin was the key cog in New York's offense. Harvin lined up in the slot, on the outside, and even lined up in the backfield as a running back. Harvin expressed a desire to be utilized as a deep threat in New York's offense, but given the game flow, Harvin wasn't asked to make any plays downfield. New York's offense staked itself to a 17-0 first quarter lead, so Harvin made the majority of his plays within a few yards of the line of scrimmage. Harvin lined up in a single-back formation took hand offs through the game. Harvin was once again utilized on special teams, but failed to generate any big plays.
2014 Week 12 vs BUF (5 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Percy Harvin was only targeted five times as New York's offense sputtered from start to finish. Harvin was completely shut down by Corey Graham as he only caught one swing pass for a five yard gain. New York's offensive line had difficulty shutting down Buffalo's pass rush, thus minimizing downfield opportunities.
2014 Week 13 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 6 / 27 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin only received three targets, but was given opportunities to make plays as a ball carrier. New York's game plan called for a heavy dosage of perimeter runs and Harvin's top end speed was utilized early and often. Harvin had a long run of nine yards, but was able to consistently generate runs of at least four yards. During the second quarter on a 3rd-and-5 play, Geno Smith missed Harvin on a seam route that would have resulted in an easy touchdown.
2014 Week 14 vs MIN (9 / 6 / 124 / 1 rec, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
In his return to Minnesota, Percy Harvin was electric and proved to be the most explosive playmaker on the field. Harvin was featured on short, intermediate, and deep patterns as he racked up yards after the catch and made big plays. Harvin scored New York's only touchdown by making a beautiful grab on a back shoulder fade for a 35-yard touchdown. Smith fit the ball into a tight window and Harvin made sure he capitalized on the scoring play. This was Harvin's first touchdown grab since 2012. Late in the fourth quarter, Harvin suffered an ankle injury and did not return.
2014 Week 15 vs TEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Harvin, who was playing with a tender ankle, was utilized as a decoy throughout the game. Harvin was targeted just three times as he did not display the same explosiveness that he had last week. Harvin took one handoff off right tackle for a 10-yard gain and was used sporadically on special teams. Harvin gutted through this game, but was largely ineffective.
2014 Week 16 vs NE (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
New York deployed Harvin all over their formations in an effort to feed him the ball. Harvin received one carry as a running back and ran routes against Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Midway through the third quarter, Harvin ran a deep drag and won inside position against Revis. Smith delivered a pass that only Harvin could catch and Harvin dove to secure the 25-yard gain. Harvin was clutching his side after making the catch and did not return. After the game, Harvin was diagnosed with bruised ribs.
2013 Week 11 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Harvin's first target was on a deep ball in the second quarter. He was covered but drew a pass interference call. Just a few plays later he woke up the entire stadium with an acrobatic, leaping, one-handed grab for a clutch first down. He also lifted the return game with a kickoff return near the end of the half that crossed the 50. How much impact did he have on fantasy teams? Not much. How much impact did he have in this game? That one play alone created the opportunity for another score - which they did - and on the second half kickoff, the Vikings avoided him so much that they preferred to kick the ball to the 30 yard line instead of to Harvin in the end zone.
2013 Week 19 vs NO (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Harvin returned to the field with a vengeance, playing a very physical game. Unfortunately, that led to his leaving partway through the game with a concussion. Early in the game, Harvin had a long pass go right through his arms, then he got cranked by the safety. On an end around (for a first down), he drove hard for an extra yard or two. He saved his QB's bacon, coming down with a horribly lobbed jump ball, and nearly scored on the play that he was injured. The play was an interesting: first, he ran a fake reverse, then waited in the flat, and finally, as Wilson scrambled, Harvin scooted for the end zone, where the ball would soon meet him. He leapt for the ball and came down hard, a near miss. And, an injury.
2013 Week 21 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec, 2 / 45 / 0 rush)
The Seattle Seahawks had waited all season to show what they had in Percy Harvin, and he did not disappoint on the sport's biggest stage. Harvin touched the ball just four times against the Broncos, but he made them count. On Seattle's second offensive snap, they sent Harvin in motion and snapped the ball just as he passed quarterback Russell Wilson, handing off to him on a jet sweep that saw him easily get the corner and run for 30 yards. Seattle later ran the same play and Harvin again easily got to the corner for another 15 yard gain. Harvin also had an interesting receiving stat line with 5 total yards and 9 yards after the catch, as his lone reception was a screen pass in the backfield. Harvin's only other target was another screen pass which was dropped. To open the second half, Percy Harvin fielded a pop-up kickoff from Denver and then exploited a breakdown on the coverage team to weave his way for an 87 yard touchdown, despite poor blocking from his own teammates on special teams. All told, Harvin didn't touch the ball often, but he showcased his rare speed and was able to demonstrate why he was such a weapon that Seattle paid so much to acquire him in the first place, as he became the first player in playoff history to be a game's leading rusher with three or fewer carries.
2012 Week 1 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)
Harvin wanted to be involved, so the Vikings involved him. As per usual, he hauled in most of his targets an consistently hurt the Jaguars with added yards after the catch. He couldn't break away from tacklers to get a long touchdown though and was kept out of the end zone. While there were other players for Christian Ponder to throw to, nobody pulled any coverage off Harvin and that limited his overall effectiveness.
2012 Week 2 vs IND (13 / 12 / 104 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Harvin wanted more involvement in the offense and as of right now, he has it. He caught 12 of his 13 targets and was very effective running after he had the ball in his hands. While he didn't get into the end zone, Harvin continually made big plays to keep the chains moving and the Indianapolis defenders were unable to shut him down for most of the game, save on the last two plays when the Vikings were desperate to move down the field and it was obvious Harvin was their big target for it.
2012 Week 3 vs SF (11 / 9 / 89 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
he Vikings lined Harvin up in numerous positions to get him the ball in space, throwing end-around swing passes, handing him the ball in the backfield, setting up wide receiver screens, anything to get their most potent receiver involved. Harvin ended the day with 9 receptions on 11 targets for 89 yards, as well as a run for 9 yards in which the receiver burst through a well blocked hole. On his longest catch of the day for 24 yards, Harvin eluded Carlos Rogers after the catch and would have been in a foot race to the end zone had he not stepped out of bounds. His readjustments to coverage were also impressive, as he often found the soft spot of the zone or was able to find space when Ponder scrambled.
2012 Week 4 vs DET (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
It is very hard to top opening with a 105 yard franchise record kickoff return touchdown and he never really did. The Lions defense was not fantastic, but Christian Ponder and the offense was happy to take what they were given and run Adrian Peterson the rest of the time. Still, as with the return (which exploited a hole in the Lions' special teams coverage exploited by the Titans in week three), Harvin repeatedly showed his dangerous ability after the catch, often dancing for an extra yard or two before the defense brought him down. The Lions were so gun-shy, they stopped giving him any cushion at all and started hitting him as soon as he caught the ball. Harvin also did a great job of delivering hits on would-be tacklers, contributing to the overall exhaustion which permeated the defense by the third quarter.
2012 Week 5 vs TEN (10 / 8 / 108 / 1 rec, 2 / 8 / 1 rush)
Harvin had a sensational game against the over-matched Titans defense. His quickness off the line and speed in the open field posed all kinds of problems for the Titans, who were unable to slow him down despite playing both zone and double-coverage man on the speedy receiver. He finished the day catching 8 of his 10 targets for a game high 108 yards. Harvin is used all over the field and primarily runs go-routes, curls, and drag routes across the middle of the field. Harvin's best play came on a touchdown rush in the first quarter. On the play, Harvin was lined up left of the quarterback in a shotgun formation. He took the handoff and ran right, darting between the tackle and the guard untouched for the score. Harvin also added a ten yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to put the Vikings ahead 23-0.
2012 Week 6 vs WAS (14 / 11 / 133 / 0 rec, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a nasty fumble/bobble in the first quarter which luckily bounced back into his hands, but the play resulted in no gain. Aside from that, Harvin was once again the focal point of this passing offense, though the Vikings also went out of their way to get him the ball any way possible (which is how the fumble resulted for him on a run play). He returned kicks, including a beauty of a return for 39 yards (45 if you count the fact he caught the ball six yards into the end zone. Harvin left the end zone and cut right, then hit the afterburners leaving multiple tacklers on the grass. He made it to the 39 yard line before being taken down. Harvin was targeted early and often and he often showed his speed and agility on every catch. Harvin is more than just wheels and moves though--he can make tough catches. In the fourth quarter when the Vikings were trying to get back into the game, Harvin ran a deep route down the middle. Ponder delivered a sharp pass which Harvin caught--and held onto despite being hit low and hard. Harvin was one of the few Vikings players--Adrian Peterson being the other notable offensive player--to bring the same physicality to this game as the whole team had previously, something which really seemed to hurt the Vikings in the game.
2012 Week 7 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Harvin began the game with a kick return for a touchdown that was negated because of a block in the back. Arizona did their best to avoid kicking to Harvin after that. He showed great patience during his carries out of the shotgun, following blockers and hitting the hole when it appeared. His largest contribution came in the red zone however, with a clever play call that identified Patrick Peterson in single coverage and sent Harvin underneath the offensive line. This gave Harvin the separation he needed to catch a ball in space and sprint towards the end zone, cutting past one defender and diving in for the score. The rest of the game, Harvin was tightly covered by Peterson and wasn't able to get much separation. On a few specific plays, such as a play action roll out or a well-executed crossing route, Harvin was able to get enough space to catch the ball and do his best to gain extra yardage, but those plays were few and far between. The excellent coverage and non-stop quarterback pressure cut short a lot of opportunities Harvin and Ponder had to connect.
2012 Week 8 vs TB (12 / 7 / 90 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Tampa Bay had Harvin's number most of the game. His typical use in the short passing game was not as effective as in earlier games this season. Harvin did make plays down the field in 1-on-1 coverage. He adjusted well to a deep pass for a red zone touchdown. It was a display of his great ball-tracking skills. On another occasion, Harvin had a potential long completion taken away from him by a defensive back. It was an on-target throw by Ponder on third-and-long, where the defender ripped the ball away as both players were going out of bounds. Luckily for Harvin, it was ruled that neither player had possession in-bounds on the play. It was a rare play where Harvin did not show the willingness to win the ball in the air a la Steve Smith. As the game progressed and Minnesota trailed in the second half, Harvin's involvement dwindled to a few short targets that Tampa Bay contained to ten yards or less. Harvin is Minnesota's biggest advantage on offense. While Peterson is an elite talent at running back, Harvin is the moveable chess piece that, when given a large role, gives the Vikings an advantage at every level of the field.
2012 Week 9 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
With Ponder's immense struggles, Minnesota attempted to get Harvin the ball in as many ways as possible, handing off to him in the backfield and running routes in the flat. Though Harvin showed great speed and good navigation of traffic when running with the ball, the Seattle defense crunched Harvin at the end of every run, including the 1st quarter hit by Bruce Irvin and Marcus Trufant that forced Harvin to lose a fumble. The hits finally caught up with Harvin when two defenders hit him at the same time and the receiver came up limping with a hurt ankle. In the passing game, Harvin was able to beat Trufant down the sideline, but Ponder under threw the route and Harvin had to adjust. Though the play resulted in a pass interference call, an accurate throw would have resulted in Harvin streaking down the sideline for a touchdown. The only passes that Ponder could complete to Harvin were passes close to the line of scrimmage; any throw downfield was wildly inaccurate and Harvin's route running and speed were squandered for most of the game.
2011 Week 1 vs SD (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
Many pundits are expecting big things from Harvin this season as the focal point of the Minnesota passing game, but today Harvin made his mark on special teams. He took the game's opening kickoff back for 103 yards and a touchdown, though that was just about the last time his name was mentioned on any play of significance. He caught just two short passes, neither of which went for more than five yards. If this game is any indication, however, it appears that Harvin is going to get plenty of touches any way possible. The Vikings used him four times in the rushing game, mostly in the early going, and was lining up all over the place in an attempt to keep him involved.
2011 Week 2 vs TB (8 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a much better game this week, but he still was not able to show his explosive skills on offense this week. On their second series in the first quarter, Harvin had two key receptions - an 11 yard come back route and a 12 yard catch run on a play-action roll-out. The second one set up Peterson to pound it into the end zone for Minnesota's first TD. In the second quarter, the Vikings continued to move Harvin around, motioning him from the outside into the backfield where he took a run up the gut for eight yards, and then hitting him on consecutive passes for 26 total yards, pushing the Vikings deep into Tampa Territory again. In the fourth quarter when the Vikings were looking to hold off Tampa's comeback, they turned to Harvin on another key drive, hitting him on a short catch and run for the first down early and then a big play down the middle of the field which drew a 23 yard pass interference penalty. Harvin also had an end-around that he was able to break for a big 10 yard gain before taking a hard shot and being knocked out of bounds. Harvin is clearly the 'go to' receiver, and he and Adrian Peterson will see the majority of the offensive action this season.
2011 Week 3 vs DET (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec, 2 / 41 / 0 rush)
Easily the Vikings' best option in the passing game, Harvin was used all over the field vs. the Lions, but was held under 50 yards receiving. The Vikings employed a variety of formations to create mismatches and space for Harvin, resulting in a 39-yard reverse down the left sideline that helped set up the Vikings' first TD. Harvin's rushing numbers gave him a very good statistical day overall, but a key dropped pass and his inability to consistently get open forced QB Donovan McNabb to look elsewhere. Because of what was called an illness, Harvin was not only on the sideline, but didn't even have his helmet on when the Vikings were driving late in the 4th quarter. He was reportedly vomiting on the sideline during the game. Harvin was effective, but unspectacular in the return game.
2011 Week 4 vs KC (7 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec, 4 / 67 / 0 rush)
Harvin was effective in the running game and equally so on short screens, but could have had a much bigger game if not for a costly error in the second half. After two short catches on the first drive of the game, Harvin's impact was limited to running plays until late in the first half. In the second quarter a 22 yard catch on 2nd and 12 against Brandon Flowers was his best play in a traditional receiver's role. No YAC. Early in the third quarter, Harvin caught a screen pass and made two Chiefs defenders miss early in the third to pick up 12 yards. What could have been the biggest play of the day for Harvin turned out to be an illustration of his need for growth as a receiver. McNabb threw a beautiful pass down the right sideline that Harvin hauled in. Unfortunately his right foot was on the sideline. This was the type of play you expect your number one WR to make in bounds. The rest of the fourth quarter only further illustrated Harvin's role with the Vikings as he had a couple of breathtaking 23 yard runs to lead the comeback effort, but in the last 2 minutes McNabb, needing to throw the ball down field, threw four consecutive incomplete passes, and none of them went Harvin's way.
2011 Week 5 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Harvin is the most explosive pass receiver on the team. Yet for whatever reason, the Vikings were never able to get him involved in this game. He was mostly used as a decoy. His first touch was an end around when Adrian Peterson was on the sideline taking a breather. Harvin got to the edge and broke into the open field for a big 12 yard gain. Before half-time he took a six yard curl into a nice 11 yard catch and run. In the third quarter he again went into motion and after taking the toss from McNabb, he broke to the sideline and the defense was in hot pursuit. Instead, Harvin flipped the ball to Lorenzo Booker running in the other direction and Booker broke it for a big 25 yard gain. It was his only real action in this game.
2011 Week 6 vs CHI (9 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Harvin was a bit more involved in this game than he has been over the last several weeks, but he still was unable to provide the big spark on offense that the Vikings have come to appreciate from Harvin over the last few years. There is a bit of promise for the future though. While Harvin finished with seven receptions for just 78 yards, it was his last two receptions with Christian Ponder under center that really boosted that total. On his first drive of the 4th quarter, Ponder rolled right to avoid the Bear pressure, threw across his body to Harvin who was open over the middle for a big 21 yard gain. On the next play, Ponder hit Harvin on a quick slant for another 14 yard catch for a first down. It's clear that if Ponder is going to take over the helm for the Vikings, he knows that Harvin is a guy that needs to be involved.
2011 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Harvin injured his ribs in the first half of this game and spent the entire second half of the game on the sideline. The Vikings used him in motion a lot in this game, and he frequently lined up in the backfield, either as a decoy to release into the flat or as a runner, taking the handoff from Ponder or a toss as Harvin went in motion. He finished with just four touches in this game.
2011 Week 8 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)
Percy Harvin exploded back into the Vikings offense in this game despite coming in and out of the game with injury. Harvin's toughness showed throughout though. It was Harvin and not Peterson who started in the backfield after the Vikings forced a Panthers turnover inside the 20-yard line. Harvin took an inside zone play for a touchdown, looking like a natural doing it. After getting the ball stripped away on a catch in the red zone, Harvin responded with an 11-yard catch and run against man coverage. On the play, he made the CB miss the tackle, spun away athletically and finished strong. Harvin consistently got off the line with a good burst when he was in the game and clearly has the trust of his quarterback. If he can stay healthy - and it is a big 'if' - he should continue to be a valuable WR3 in all league formats.
2011 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
A lot of his touches came in situations where the Vikings needed a lot of yards to pick up a first down and he simply was open underneath and grabbed what he could but ultimately he didn't really help move the sticks for most of the night. When Ponder went short he looked for Harvin and connected. Harvin looked pretty good when he got his hands on the football but he didn't break any big tackles for long gains. Harvin was working out of the backfield as well as lining up in the slot. Harvin caught a long ball early in the game but the play was called off and Harvin was called for pass interference.
2011 Week 11 vs OAK (8 / 6 / 73 / 1 rec, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)
Harvin reached the end zone for the first time on a receiving TD in this game, taking a short pass out into the flat and barreling his way into the end zone for a 26 yard TD. He also had a 35 yard end around in the first quarter that was called back due to a holding penalty on Michael Jenkins. Harvin was still credited with an 18 yard run, which was the longest run of the day for Minnesota that wasn't taken by Christian Ponder. When Peterson went down due to injury, Harvin lined up in the backfield even more than he usually does and took the direct handoff up the gut for several nice carries. His biggest play outside of the TD was a pass to open the second quarter, where Harvin lined up in the backfield, and then broke straight down the middle of the field. The LBS were focused on Ponder and Harvin was able to find a soft spot. Ponder laid the ball into him perfectly and he powered forward for a big 24 yard gain.
2011 Week 12 vs ATL (8 / 8 / 95 / 1 rec, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin was the main weapon of choice for MIN on Sunday. The game plan early on was clearly to get him the ball in any way possible and hope for yards after catch that would result in big plays. This did not work early on and screens/handoffs were shut down very quickly by ATL. Harvin had an amazing catch that ought to have been intercepted but was a great play nonetheless; Harvin hauled in a corner route pass that just slipped between two defenders near the goal line and set up an easy TD for his team. Percy Harvin's biggest contribution came on the biggest play of the game. Harvin was able to beat two ATL defenders deep over the middle of the field and haul in big touchdown pass, simply using his speed to put himself in a great position to let the ball fall to him in the endzone. He was ineffective as a rusher but looked far more explosive as a WR down the field. The Vikings will keep him heavily involved as he is arguably their biggest play maker on offense and vital to the confidence of rookie QB Ponder.
2011 Week 13 vs DEN (9 / 8 / 156 / 2 rec, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Harvin's dynamic skill set as an all-around football player have truly been on display since the injury to RB Adrian Peterson. Harvin has lined up all over the field, but did most of his damage as a receiver, taking shallow passes and using his playmaking ability to turn them into huge gains. He made a really nice run on a reverse, using his blocks to pick up extra yardage with a quick cut to the inside. His biggest play, though, was an innocent dump off in the left flat, when Harvin turned on the afterburners and went untouched into the end zone for a 52-yard score. It looked, though, like he got away with a push-off on S Chris Harris to create separation before the throw. Harvin wasn't done there, though, as he would make an almost identical play in the 4th quarter, receiving a key block from FB Jim Kleinsasser along the left sideline and doing the rest on his own, breaking a tackle and sprinting to the end zone for a 48-yard score.
2011 Week 14 vs DET (15 / 10 / 69 / 1 rec, 4 / 40 / 0 rush)
With Adrian Peterson out again, the Vikings turned to Percy Harvin to provide the offensive spark that they needed. He didn't disappoint. On the third play of the game, the Lions had great penetration from the edge, but Harvin was too fast for them, and he took an end around up the field for a huge 32 yard gain. It was too bad that Christian Ponder threw an interception on the next play. The Vikings continued to get the ball into Harvin's hands, throwing quick outs to him, or hitting him on quick slants for solid gains. The TD reception that he had in the second quarter was on a short, six-yard slant as well. In the fourth quarter, when the Vikings were looking to get back in the game, Harvin lined up to return the kickoff as well, and took it 47 yards to start out the drive that led to Gerhart's TD reception. On the final drive of the game, Harvin add three more receptions for eight, three and four yards.
2011 Week 15 vs NO (7 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Harvin's inconsistency is mind-boggling. With the versatility and explosiveness he displays on a regular basis when given the opportunity, Harvin should never have a game like he had in this one as long as he is healthy. He is the type of player who should get 10+ touches every game because of his ability to score from any position on the field. If you contrast his touches to those of a similar player for New Orleans, Darren Sproles, the difference is obvious. One player managed over 100 yards on 13 touches, the other--7 yards on 4 touches.
2011 Week 16 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec, 4 / 39 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a solid outing, showing off some speed on a few plays out there on Saturday. The first was a 31 yard rush where Harvin took a reverse and was able to get the corner for the long gain. The other was on his TD catch; Harvin went across the formation and outran the defender for an easy 8 yard score. Harvin just missed another TD as he was tackled at the 1 yard line. Still it was a very productive day for the 3rd year receiver.
2011 Week 17 vs CHI (16 / 10 / 115 / 0 rec, 5 / 13 / 1 rush)
Harvin was the star of the game accounting for more than half of the Vikings receiving yardage and their only rushing TD. He showed good hands from the get-go, catching an out on the first play of the game that was behind him and on top of him as soon as he turned. His TD came on a 5 yard run straight up the middle and he finished the run strong bowling over a LB and into the end zone. The run was set up by a 13 yard endaround form Harvin that was very well blocked. He got even more involved when Webb came into the game, catching 4 straight passes in the flats and doing well to pick up additional yardage on each catch. His most impressive play came on a ball thrown down the middle. The ball was high and fluttering and Harvin went up in the air with no fear and then showed great hands to pull the ball into his body as he landed. He made a couple of great diving catches on low passes from Webb in the second half and lost 9 yards rushing due to poor blocking on a reverse. He looked like every bit the superstar the Vikings are hoping he can turn into, running good routes and showing good hands to go with the athleticism he's always had.
2010 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
The only migraine headaches that could be linked to Percy Harvin this night were the one's his fantasy owner's had after watching how limited his role within the game plan was. With Sidney Rice shelved for the time being, many expected Harvin to be worked into the game plan heavily. Needless to say, his two touches were extremely disheartening, and left many owners wondering what the future holds for the dynamic WR without team mate Sidney Rice in the mix.
2010 Week 2 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Harvin was easily the favorite target of Brett Favre, and rightly so. Harvin simply makes things happen, turning short passes into first downs with regularity. He bobbled a catch on the goal line that would otherwise have been a score - and ended up in the hands of the Dolphins - so he had his problems, too. And he injured a hip near the end of the half, limiting him to around a dozen second half snaps. He had one attempt at a deep catch, but didn't really have a chance at it, he was too well covered. His forte is turning the short stuff into long stuff.
2010 Week 3 vs DET (8 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Harvin was the 'go to' guy for the Vikings, and will continue to be so as long as Sidney Rice is on the bench. None of the other WRS are legitimate deep threats and Farve has become extremely conservative in his passing routes. However, Harvin is definitely seeing more action these days. When Logan fumbled the punt and the Vikings recovered, Favre's first play was a 24 yards strike for the tying TD. Taking advantage of the stunned defense, Harvin blew past the defense and Favre laid out the ball perfectly for him. Just before the half, Farve was under pressure and scrambled out of the pocket to avoid the sack. He found Harvin on a crossing route and Harvin took it for a big 19 yard gain. Harvin was also the target of a couple quick passes where he tried to break away from the defenders for a bit gain. However, the Lions sniffed it out and held him to minimal gains. Harvin also had two running plays where he motioned across the field and took the handoff from Favre. He broke one for a 10 yard gain and the other was stuffed after a short gain of three. He also had two plays called back for penalties.
2010 Week 5 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 97 / 2 rec)
Harvin's speed was evident on his first catch, an inside fake, that he took for 19 yards. Percy is at his best in space and the Vikings finally got him involved midway through the game which led to Favre's 2nd TD of the game, a 34 yard score in the beginning of the 4th quarter on a huge 3rd and 19 play. But Harvin wasn't done. He had a magnificent snag in the back of the end zone on a corner route later in the quarter when he showed tremendous concentration and was able to tap both feet in bounds for the score. With Moss demanding adequate attention on the other side, Harvin could be in line for some huge production as the season progresses.
2010 Week 6 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Harvin was the main beneficiary from the addition of Randy Moss. He took advantage of the stronger coverage rolling to Moss and was able to exploit the soft underbelly of the defense on several crossing and square in plays. On the TD pass to Greg Camarillo, Harvin lined up in the backfield and motioned out into the flat after the ball was snapped. The defense stayed home to honor his speed and Favre was able to hit Camarillo on a short route for a quick TD. Harvin also added to the offense with several carries, including one around the end for a nice 11 yard gain late in the third quarter. A few plays later, Harvin lined up as the lone set-back, took the handoff and attacked the DL for another seven yard gain. This set up Peterson's 1 yard TD run a couple plays later. Harvin's biggest contribution came at the start of the second quarter. The Cowboys ended the first half with a long, sustained drive to take a 14-7 lead going into half time. On the opening kickoff of the third quarter, Harvin took the ball at the five yard line and exploded up the field. He broke a couple arm tackles and seemed to be behind everyone on the kicking team before he crossed the 50. He raced untouched for the last half of the field, tying up the game and taking the wind out of the Cowboys before they knew what hit them. Look for Harvin to continue to improve as Moss becomes more comfortable with the passing game. As Moss takes more attention away from Harvin, the Vikings will begin to get him the ball quicker off the line and he should be able to take advantage of his weaker coverage to really put up some quality numbers.
2010 Week 7 vs GB (8 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec, 3 / 41 / 1 rush)
Harvin was brilliant in this contest as a receiver and a rusher. He scored the Vikings first TD of the game on a counter play where he lined up in the backfield and trotted through the hole for the 17 yard score. And while he did have some other nice plays, it was his two TD's that were called back after review that broke the hearts of his fantasy owners. The first TD, reversed by replay, was a ridiculously athletic catch and run where his right toe stepped out of bounds just before he lunged into the end zone. The second TD that was called back was even more devastating. On 1st and 30 with under a minute left in the game, Favre threw a bullet to Harvin in the back of the end zone over two defenders that Harvin went up and snagged but failed to tap his 2nd foot in bounds. So instead of Favre and Harvin having a brilliant game, they left Lambeau field thinking of what could have been.
2010 Week 8 vs NE (8 / 6 / 104 / 0 rec)
Harvin is really growing up as a wideout, making tough catches and running good routes. He was moving to the giant spaces created by coverages being geared to stop Randy Moss and making great gains after the catch. Harvin left momentarily with an ankle injury, but he returned, although the injury should keep him out of at least practice this week. Harvin had a ball stolen from his hands by Devin McCourty in the play that really turned the game, but overall he had one of his best games as a pro, even though his value is dropping with Randy Moss and the attention he draws from opposing defenses likely gone.
2010 Week 9 vs ARI (12 / 9 / 126 / 0 rec)
Percy Harvin gutted this one out and despite pre-game doubts over how he would fare, he was absolutely unstoppable. Favre got Harvin the ball in space from the get-go, with Harvin bursting up the field and showing his searing pace. Harvin was targeted deep as well by Favre but the pass was broken up well by S Kerry Rhodes. On a screen pass to Harvin in the 3rd quarter which gained 14 yards, Harvin ran right through a defender's tackle. Harvin played perhaps the most physical game I have ever seen him play.
2010 Week 10 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)
Harvin looked like the only target the Bears should have been worried about in this offense as he has the speed and power to beat you in many ways. He managed to fly past the Bears secondary where he was not picked up the safety for an easy 53 yard score. Harvin used his speed again later to draw a very important pass interference call. Had Favre thrown it further, Harvin would have easily caught a second long touchdown pass. The Vikings like to use Harvin in screens and short passes also, allowing him to use his quickness and power to set up nice down and distance situations. Harvin will continue to be somewhat underused as the defences can key on him until perhaps when Sidney Rice returns.
2010 Week 11 vs GB (5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Harvin's first touch was on a reverse, and he looked dangerous, but the Packers weren't fooled and he only picked up a short gain. He did convert the first down on the very next play, however, turning around and diving to catch a short pass that was thrown away from him. He could have easily been mistaken for a running back, the way he expertly read his blocks on a run up the middle on his other carry. In fact, he had more rush yards this game than receiving, but not for lack of trying to get him the ball. Harvin was the intended target on an interception late in the half, and had no chance on the play as it was just behind him and the defender stepped in to take it away before he got to it. He had another chance to get the team into scoring position, but let the bullet pass slip through his fingers.
2010 Week 12 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Harvin caught a number of balls, but everything was short and the Redskins did a great job of keeping everything bottled up. Harvin rarely threatened the Skins down the field. He has the speed to take any pass to the house, but due to the gameplan, he never got a single look down the field.
2010 Week 15 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 72 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He had the best night and connected with Favre early on for a touchdown. Harvin is a beast across the middle and on the underneath patterns where he can take a simple reception; then turn it into a big gain up field. He has a little DeSean Jackson in him if you want to compare. Harvin has the ability to get open almost anytime he wants. He is very hard to cover so defenses try and keep him in front of them. This leads to a lot of simple receptions that turn into big gains for him.
2010 Week 16 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 100 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin had a big performance in Week 16 in Philadelphia, catching seven of his eight targets on the night. Nearly half of his yards came on a big 46-yard catch to open the second half where he was interfered with yet still pulled down the deep throw from QB Joe Webb. Harvin led all Vikings in targets, catches and yardage and should do so once again next week against Detroit with Sidney Rice suffering a concussion. Harvin also added two rushes for six carries.
2010 Week 17 vs DET (13 / 8 / 69 / 0 rec, 2 / -4 / 0 rush)
Harvin seemed to be the lone bright-spot from Minnesota in this game. Whether it was downfield blocking for Peterson on the opening drive, or fighting and twisting a nine yard curl route into a 20 yard gain, punishing every DB that tried to tackle him, Harvin was definitely still giving 100%. They tried a couple handoffs and end runs with him, but the Lions were ready for it and dropped him immediately. However, whenever Webb needed to make a play, Harvin was the guy that he tried to go to. Harvin was most effective when he had the ball in his hands quickly, either on a short slant or a quick out. He was targeted on a couple deep passes but they were off target and he was never able to come down with anything. For the game, he finished with the most receptions for the game, but aside from the big 20 yard gain, his progress was more in the short and medium passing game.
2009 Week 1 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
Harvin did not look like a rookie in his first NFL game. He was able to gain separation by beating jams from linebackers in the slot, then easily find the holes in the Cleveland zone coverage. Brett Favre clearly grew more comfortable with him as the game progressed and Harvin finished with three catches on four targets on the night. He converted the second of two consecutive red zone targets into a touchdown in the second half. Harvin was also motioned into the backfield on two rushing attempts, both of which went for 11 yard runs around left end. Harvin could potentially be another DeSean Jackson in the making.
2009 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 5 / 41 / 1 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
On any other team, Percy Harvin would be considered a must start. He attacks the defense when he has the ball, and is a great special teams player. He's the primary kick returner and had a couple nice returns after the Lions had scored to put the Vikings in a good position to try and recapture the lead. He was also the QB of the one wildcat formation that the Vikings ran, but gave away the play by motioning to Peterson before the snap and it was stuffed. In the fourth quarter, Brett Favre went to Harvin on several short passes and he was also used on an end around. Whenever Harvin touched the ball, he was difficult to bring down. On the end around, it took several players to tackle him and he fought for several more yards, twisting and turning after contact. He caught the ball outside of the end-zone and fought his way in on his 4th quarter TD as well, on the same play that resulted in a TD for Harvin in week 1.
2009 Week 3 vs SF (9 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Harvin has scored a TD in each of his first three games as a rookie. While he did not reach the end zone on the offensive side of the ball, Harvin had a spectacular 101 yard TD return in the third quarter. After the 49ers kicked a FG to extend their lead to 17-13, Harvin took the following kickoff untouched up the middle of the field for a game-changing TD. On the final drive, Farve hooked up with Harvin twice on key third downs, extending the drive and putting the Vikings in a position to win. When he had the ball, Harvin attacked the defense again, fighting hard for every yard and making the most of every opportunity. He's a star player who is coming into his own and is an excellent complement to Adrian Peterson.
2009 Week 4 vs GB (2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Harvin didn't score in a game for the first time this season, although on his 43 yard reception, he almost made it. Harvin's only other reception was stopped behind the line of scrimmage and he was not used on any running plays in this game. With Berrian and Rice both hitting their strides, Harvin's primary use is more on kick returns and special teams.
2009 Week 5 vs STL (5 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Harvin was a key component in getting the Vikings off to a quick start. He had two big plays on the opening drive, a short pass over the middle that he broke for a long gain and a deep pass down the sideline that he almost scored on. He was the target of several more deep passes later in the first half, but did not get involved much in the second half as the Vikings were looking to run out the clock. He was a decoy on a fake reverse as Favre tossed the ball to Visanthe Shiancoe for a nice screen. Aside from that, Harvin was only used as a kick returner for the few times that St. Louis was kicking off.
2009 Week 6 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Harvin began the game with a long kickoff run and was as aggressive as ever, showing that the rumors of his injured shoulder may have been overblown. He ran hard early, and threw a key block that allowed Bernard Berrian to break open for his TD early in the first quarter. Just before the half, on 3rd and 10, he caught the ball well below the line of scrimmage and it took five defenders to bring him down. He fought hard, taking hard shots and even lost his helmet. It took everything the defense had to stop him. Late in the fourth quarter however, Harvin took a short pass over the middle and again fought and spun hard to make it 14 yards. However, when he was gang tackled, his injured shoulder was driven into the ground and he did not get up from the field. He left the game and did not return. Reports on the injury are not known, but he was wearing a sling after the game. It remains to be seen how long he will be out.
2009 Week 7 vs PIT (10 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Harvin showed now ill effects of the bad shoulder that plagued him the previous two weeks. He was rock solid on his kickoff returns and attacked the defense when he had the ball on offense. Harvin came up big early in the second quarter with a nice 26 yard reception on 3rd and 6. His biggest contribution was in the fourth quarter when the Steelers returned a Brett Favre Fumble for a TD, bringing their lead to 10 points. That could have broken the Vikings' back, but Harvin took the kickoff 88 yards, shaking off a tackle attempt by the kicker for the TD and put the Vikings right back into the game. Favre trusts him more and although they were not able to connect on any of them, Favre looked to Harvin on several deep passes throughout the game. With Berrian sidelined with a hamstring injury, Harvin will certainly see more of the offensive plays coming his way.
2009 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 5 / 84 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Harvin continued to play an integral role in the Vikings winning ways. He had two long kickoff returns following Packers points to kill their momentum, and he also had a 51-yard catch and run on a ball that Favre just put up in a crowd and Harvin snatched out of the air. Otherwise, Harvin was catching short passes and making modest gains after the catch. He also got a carry out of the shotgun very similar to the kinds of runs he had at Florida, but it only went for a short gain. After a lull in offensive production, Harvin reminded his fantasy owners why it's worth having him in the lineup every week as long as you get credit for his special teams TDs.
2009 Week 10 vs DET (4 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Harvin has embraced his role as the #3 WR for the Vikings with kick and punt return duties. Minnesota wants to keep him fresh so he remains a dangerous threat on kick and punt returns. Therefore, they are only using him on passing downs and on certain plays where his speed and elusiveness are a threat to go all the way. He opened the game with an end around, and the Vikings attempted a reverse a little later in the first half. In the fourth quarter, Harvin caught a short come-back route, and broke across the middle. He took a hard shot from the safety but stayed on his feet and kept fighting for extra yards. He broke into the open field and turned a short 8 yard pass into a 40 yard back-breaker play. This is the spark that Harvin brings to the Vikings, and the reason he's such a big part of their offense, despite his limited opportunities.
2009 Week 11 vs SEA (5 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)
Harvin had another solid performance for the Vikings, despite being the #3 WR for the team. He has really been a big factor for the Vikings this season, and is making a case for rookie of the year honors. Harvin put the Vikings on the board early in the second quarter with a beautiful reception over the middle at the eight yard line, splitting three defenders and getting into the end zone for their first score. Harvin worked the middle of the field for most of the game, catching short and medium range passes, and turning them in to big gains. The Seahawks had no answer for him, and he burned them again and again. Harvin is quickly becoming the #2 option for the Vikings, and his intensity and drive are second to none on the team. Look for him to push Bernard Berrian in stats and possible position by the end of the season.
2009 Week 12 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 101 / 1 rec, 2 / 45 / 0 rush)
Harvin is seeing more and more offensive opportunities as the season wears on. He strengthened his claim for offensive rookie of the year with a big game both rushing and receiving. In the second quarter, Harvin moved from the slot into the backfield, and took a handoff from Favre 35 yards down the sidelines for a big play. On the previous offensive series, Harvin made a great catch over the middle in traffic to start off the second quarter and put the Vikings on the board first. Harvin continued to make tough plays down the middle burning the Bears for big gains and keeping the offense churning. He was aggressive when he had the ball and it frequently took two or three defenders to bring him down. Harvin may be the #3 WR on the team, but he is quickly becoming the #2 fantasy WR.
2009 Week 13 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
Harvin is not a starting WR for the Vikings, but he is a definite fantasy WR option in most leagues. The Vikings are looking to get him involved in offense as much as possible, creating big play potential whenever he touches the ball. In this game the Vikings used him several times by moving him out of the slot into the backfield. He took both of his carries for big gains and first downs. Six of his seven receptions were for first downs or touchdowns, including the final play of the game for the Vikings offense. On that play, Harvin split the center of the defense, beating the DBS to the end zone and catching the pass from Favre in traffic for the score. Seven of the eight times Harvin touched the ball, he got the first down for the Vikings. In a game where the Vikings were held in check most of the time, that's a big accomplishment.
2009 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Harvin was back at full strength for this game, but was not really a big factor for the Vikings. The Panthers kicked the ball away from his to start the second half, limiting his effectiveness on kickoffs. On offense, the Vikings put him in motion, trying to get him open in space, but Favre was never really able to get him the ball. When he looked to Harvin, there was always someone in his face or Harvin was well covered and the pass would have been picked off. Harvin finished the game with just one reception on three targets, and Favre didn't even throw his way until the fourth quarter. It was more a reflection on the Carolina defense than on Harvin, and he should have better luck against the Bears next week.
2009 Week 16 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Harvin was quiet, being held to no gain on his carry and getting tackled quickly on one of his two smoke route receptions. The second smoke route worked in the red zone to get the Vikings inside the five yard line. Harvin also had a key reception on the second game-tying drive, but he never got a chance to make a gamebreaking play in the open field because of strong defense by the Bears.
2009 Week 17 vs NYG (10 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin had a big end-around carry in the first quarter against the Giants in Week 17 to go along with his strong afternoon as a receiver against New York. Harvin did not reach the end zone but he did make several athletic catches including an 18-yard gain in the third quarter. Harvin actually had a 40-yard touchdown but it was nullified by a call against Harvin (offensive pass interference). Harvin will continue to be one of the top three wide receivers for the Vikings in the playoffs.
2009 Week 19 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)
Harvin was fairly quiet as a pass catcher and return man against the Cowboys on Sunday. That said, he did have three carries for 23 yards against the Cowboys. His best run came on a reverse where defensive end Anthony Spencer had a chance to tackle Harvin in the backfield, only to see him cut back up the middle of the field for a 19 yard gain.
2009 Week 20 vs NO (8 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
Percy Harvin had issues all week with another battle with migraine headaches but was able to travel to New Orleans with the team and later was able to play the entire NFL Championship Game. Harvin had nine touches on offense as the Vikings used him as both a rusher and a receiver. Harvin had four rushes out of the backfield but also a costly fumble where the Vikings had a horrific stretch of four turnovers on five consecutive possessions. Harvin added five catches to the offense, mostly of the short variety but he was able to convert a short pass over the middle into a 20-yard catch and run in the first quarter. Harvin also was utilized as the kick returner with two kick returns for Minnesota.