Percy Harvin is more relaxed, says he hasn't had a migraine all year and joins the growing number of players expressing their excitement for the new offense under coordinator Bill Musgrave.
The oft-referenced credo is that NFL receivers break out in their third season. Having a new scheme to learn isn't dampening Harvin's anticipation. In fact, the new plays seem to be increasing his excitement to get the season started.
"I'm going to make plays. I'm going to make big plays. I'm going to make them all over the field, regardless where it's at," Harvin said. "I don't know whether it's the third year, but any year I plan to get on the field. I plan on being disruptive. This year, I'm feeling better. All the pieces kind of fell into place this year, so I am feeling a little juice in me this year."
Harvin has already had a solid start to his career. In his rookie season, he had 60 catches for 790 yards. Last year, those numbers increased to 71 catches for 868 yards, easily leading the team in both categories.
Harvin said his playing weight was about 205 pounds last year. Now, he's down to 198 and plans to play at 195. He declined to say whether the dietary change was one of the recommended remedies to help with his migraines, but there is little doubt Harvin is feeling more comfortable with his growing status on the team.
"Just trying to figure out my own routines and stuff like that. I feel the best I've felt in a long time, as far as running out there, being in shape. So I'm ready to go," he said.
Musgrave realizes Harvin isn't a big outside receiver, but he still plans to move the 5-11 speedster around to keep defenses guessing.
"We're going to do a good job [with] Percy by moving him around, making defenses have a tough time identifying what his role is on that specific concept and then simply get the ball in his hands," Musgrave said. "Whether it be throwing it forward to him, handing it to him, tossing it backwards to him, putting him behind the quarterback where he can receive the snap initially – so we know it's going to get in his hands. The key is getting him his touches to let him do his thing."
According to the web site profootballfocus.com, Harvin was fifth last year in yards after the catch from the slot position, but he doesn't seem to care where he plays.
"I'm going to continue to make the plays that I make, whether it's outside, inside. I don't think in this offense you can name a No. 1 receiver," Harvin said. "Everybody moves everywhere. It's interchangeable. I'll be outside sometimes, inside. You'll see Bernard [Berrian] outside. We have great tight ends that can go inside, outside. Everybody will get their touches and it will be fun."
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