Seahawks Insider Blog

Morning links: Harvin shows explosiveness

On a busy first day of organized team activities, Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin looked as good as advertised.

Boling notes at 24 years old, the fifth-year pro is just six months older than quarterback Russell Wilson.

Boling: “Harvin has the potential to keep CenturyLink fans on their feet for seasons to come, whether as receiver, running back or kick returner. In four seasons, he’s had 20 touchdown receptions with four more scores on rushes and five additional on returns.

Last season, he was in the discussion for league MVP at the midway point, with 60 catches after eight games. For context, Sidney Rice led the Seahawks with 50 grabs for the entire season.”

Here’s my story on Bruce Irvin, who’s looking to hit the reset button after his latest transgression, which included cutting off his dreads.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that the Seahawks are attempting to step the tidal wave of negative criticism on the team’s recent spate of players suspended for performance enhancing drugs.

Art Thiel of writes that Seattle’s off-the-field issues are starting to become a distraction for what could be a Super Bowl-contending team.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald writes that Seattle’s positive drug tests point to poor decision making by individual players.

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle provides 10 observations from Seattle’s first OTA. I’ll be on the radio with Brock this morning as a guest host filling in for Danny O’Neil, so listen in if you have time this morning.

Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that defensive end Cliff Avril says is foot injury isn’t too serious.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Percy Harvin lived up to the hype on his first day of OTAs.

More Farnsworth: He offers a detailed practice report here.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times notes that Marshawn Lynch was the only healthy Seahawk not attending the team’s first OTA.

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders writes that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll rated No. 14 among NFL coaches on his aggressiveness index, which attempts to measure head coaches’ tendencies on fourth down.

Ben Muth writing for Sports Nation offers a breakdown on how to generate pressure with just four rushers.