Former NFL player Matt Bowen, writing for ESPN Insider, lists Seattle receiver Percy Harvin as his No. 1 impact acquisition so far this offseason. Rounding out Bowen’s top five is receiver Mike Wallace (Miami), running back Steven Jackson (Atlanta), tight end Jared Cook (St. Louis) and quarterback Alex Smith (Kansas City). You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Bowen: “Creative ability is what you get from the former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks took a big risk when they made the trade to acquire Harvin and rewarded him with a new contract that paid out $25.5 million guaranteed. That's big money for a slot receiver who isn't going to consistently align outside of the numbers. However, Harvin gives the Seahawks multiple options from a play-calling and formation perspective, along with the value he brings to the return game. He's an explosive player in the open field who can produce after the catch from a variety of alignments.
In Seattle, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell can get the ball to Harvin out of the slot, aligned in the backfield, or use a pre-snap motion to create favorable matchups. Think of the bubble screen, inside option routes, seam or underneath crossing concepts -- the idea is anything to get Harvin the ball in space. With Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will lean on some movement passes (boot, sprint) to get the quarterback outside of the pocket. That plays into Harvin's skill set from an inside alignment.
And don't be surprised to see Harvin used in the read-option scheme to get to the edge of the defense. The Seahawks already have talent with Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Riceand Golden Tate. With the addition of Harvin, this offense becomes much more varied in its game plan approach. Harvin isn't a conventional talent at the wide receiver position, but that's why he creates opportunities within the playbook to attack and expose opposing defenses.”
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