Seahawks could use a healthy Percy Harvin in Super Bowl XLVIII

Seahawks could use a healthy Percy Harvin in Super Bowl XLVIII
January 29, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin speaks to the media during media day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

NEWARK, N.J. – Should the Denver Broncos get their top-rated offense rollig against the No. 1 defense in the NFL during Super Bowl XLVII, Seattle’s chances of winning could com down to its offense raising its level of play and that could mean the Seahawks would need a major contribution from Percy Harvin.

The versatile speed receiver with elite open-field skills is cleared to play on Sunday adding another weapon to the Seahawks' offense that has struggled for the better part of the last two months.

Harvin was signed as a free agent away from Minnesota last offseason in order to give Seattle’s offense a boost. Instead, he played in just one regular season game due to a hip injury.

He returned for the playoffs only to suffer a concussion against New Orleans in the division round after catching three passes for 21 yards.

Now healthy again, Harvin is eager to play in the Super Bowl and he credits his teammates for helping him get through a tough season.

“I’m going to be really blunt and straightforward,” Harvin said. “If it wasn’t for my teammates being there for me the way they were, I might’ve just shut it down. Just being discouraged, there came a point in time where the training staff didn’t know whether it was a smart idea to try to come back in the same season. Like anyone has ever had hip surgery and came back in the same season. A lot of frustration came with it. I probably would’ve been done with the season if it wasn’t for my teammates.”

Now that the injury madness is hopefully behind him, Harvin is looking forward to doing what he came to Seattle to do: help the Seahawks win a Super Bowl title.

“I can’t tell you,” he said. “I’m so excited to play football, be healthy and feel the way I’m feeling right now. It’s going to be a good game.”

Denver’s top-ranked offense has received far more attention than Seattle’s this week, and for good reason.

Denver set offensive records while the Seahawks have scored a modest 20.5 points per game over its last six contests.

With Harvin joining receivers Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, Seattle’s offense could reach another level.

“I want to hold up my end of the bargain and do the things I was brought here to do,” Harvin said. “I’m looking to go out there, play a great game and try to make some plays for my teammates. Just being out there with them gives me joy.”

Harvin said he’s not worried about having poor timing with quarterback Russell Wilson given that the two have played so little together: “Not at all. We’re fine. We’ve been good. I think in the Saints game, we were starting to get into a little rhythm. I had a lot of practices. Before the whole surgery and things like that, we had a lot of one-on-one sessions. We’ll be fine.”

Wilson agreed.

"The rapport that I have with Percy is great,” he said. “He's been electrifying every time he's been in the game. He's been able to practice the last several weeks a good amount. He looks excellent, to be honest with you. He's electrifying…I think the biggest thing is getting the ball in his hands. Don't force it to him, but just get the ball in his hands and just trust that he can make the plays."

Seattle coach Pete Carroll expects Harvin to make an impact.

“With the dynamics of the tremendous speed that he has, the intensity that he brings when the ball’s in his hands – how he carries it, he runs like a running back – he’s unusually aggressive and he’s such a versatile athlete, that you have a lot of opportunities to do different things with him,” Carroll said. “So, it causes a defense to have to be on guard for him running with the football, him catching and running, and also the tremendous speed he has to get downfield deep. So, he’s rare in that aspect that he has all of those dimensions going for him.”

As long as Harvin contributes to a win, he said he’d feel fulfilled.

“I just know I probably will be emotional, but at the same time I’ll be ready to play that game,” he said.