COMMENTARY | The moment Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting for since the offseason is finally here: Percy Harvin is likely to play his first game in a Seattle uniform this Sunday, fittingly against the Minnesota Vikings.
All of this injury news will substantially impact the Seahawks somehow, but the return of Harvin is what fans are most excited for. The big question is what Harvin's role in Seattle's offense will be.
We can't be sure of that role yet, and the Seahawks coaching staff themselves might not even fully know until he plays. If anything is certain, it's that the Seahawks will try to get Harvin the ball as much as possible.
Expect Harvin to get a lot of touches right around the line of scrimmage. Russell Wilson should be able to hit Harvin often on short, quick routes within 5 or 10 yards. Harvin will also get a few rushing attempts over the rest of the season. He certainly has the speed to be a deep threat, but will probably be more used on screens and short curls.
Of course, anyone who has watched Harvin knows the impact he can make on special teams. He has at least one kick return touchdown every year of his career. Jermaine Kearse is a capable return man, but Harvin will provide a certain upgrade. With Golden Tate returning punts, the Seahawks will have a formidable special teams unit.
Harvin's biggest impact will be adding another explosive element to Seattle's offense, which broke out in a big way last week against the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks' passing game ripped of huge chunks of yardage all game long, as Tate, Kearse and Doug Baldwin all emerged as legitimate downfield threats. Add Harvin to that group, and you have an offense that can score from any point on the field.
The best team in the NFC is about to get even better.
Nathaniel Reeves is a lifelong Seattle sports follower who is studying journalism at the University of Washington. He currently covers sports for The UW Daily and Sports Out West.
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