When looking at some of the under the radar players who could be a major factor in Super Bowl XLVIII, look no further than Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin. The knock on Harvin this season is his inability to stay healthy. Now, he is ready to suit up and be a factor on the biggest stage.
“We are looking to make a lot of big pays in this game,” Harvin said. “I think I can be as explosive as I have ever been. My legs are feeling great. I am finally able to get the drive in my legs that I need to come out of my breaks a little quicker than before the injury. So I definitely think I can be a factor in this game.”
Harvin has been unable to stay healthy all season starting with hip surgery that kept in out until the third week in November. He played in only one game before a setback to the hip kept him out the rest of the regular season. He returned in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, but left that game with a concussion from a hit by Malcolm Jenkins in the endzone. Harvin missed the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers so he has had three weeks to get healthy for the Super Bowl.
“Absolutely,” Harvin said about finishing the Super Bowl game. “I think I can. Those injuries, the concussion and the hip, were unfortunate that I wish couldn't have happened. I've played football a long time so I'm not worried about that at all.”
The Seahawks offense is built around running back Marshawn Lynch's physical style. He is the workhorse that drives the offense proven by his two 100 yards rushing performances in the playoffs and three touchdowns. However, against the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos offense, the capable Seattle offense will need to score. Harvin has such little film out this season having only played a handful of snaps, that he will be difficult to prepare for.
Before all the injuries this season and the end of last year, Harvin had 62 receptions for 677 yards and four total touchdowns in nine games. The Seahawks offense has had three weeks to figure out a way to put Harvin in position to make a play. Seattle's wide receiving corps is not great, so Harvin will get opportunities. He has the ability to make a big play and be a difference in the game.
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