Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) participates in organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Percy Harvin, a Green Bay Packers nemesis, set to return


Out in Seattle Seahawks‘ land, the return of Percy Harvin to practice is creating quite the buzz around the league – and striking concern into the hearts of many fans of the Green Bay Packers.

If you aren’t familiar with the ability that Harvin possesses, as a football fan you should be ashamed of yourself. Though he has not flashed his brilliance as a Seahawk yet, those close to the NFC North are fully aware of what kind of phenomenal athlete Seattle acquired from the Minnesota Vikings.

Percy Harvin, in my eyes, is the definition of offensive weapon. His skill set is matched by none other in the NFL: elite speed, extraordinary cutback vision, strength to run between tackles, and versatility. In five years with the Vikings, he accounted for 280 receptions for 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 683 rushing yards and four scores. As daunting as his stats may be, they don’t even do justice for how many times he changed field position with his return abilities including five more touchdowns to add. Simply put he is a game-changer.

The return of Harvin creates daunting matchups for all NFC opponents, including the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have struggled in the pass game. Though they have seemed to focus on stopping the read-option, an addition like Harvin if used in the wildcat with Marshawn Lynch could be hazardous for a defense’s health. His ability to stretch a defense would make slowing down a very accurate short-to-medium range passer as Russell Wilson a very difficult task.

I think the Packers match up well with a Seattle team pre-Harvin. Well enough to beat them without any complications. A matchup with Seattle infused with Harvin … Well I would love to see that preview in the NFC playoffs.

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