Harvin ready to return for headliner role

Percy Harvin said his kickoff return for a touchdown was just reinforcement of what he can do. The lobbying to be the full-time returner is over and his opportunities will be tied to his offensive role.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin expects to get more chances to return kickoffs on Sunday, and he doesn't have to beg this time.

Not after returning the opening kick 103 yards for a touchdown against San Diego.

"I don't think it's lobbying at this point," Harvin said. "Coach [Leslie Frazier] knows what I can do on special teams. It's just what we've got in the next offensive possession as far as whether he's going to put me back there or not."

Frazier said after Sunday's game Harvin only was deep twice – Lorenzo Booker lined up there the other three times – because coaches didn't think San Diego would kick to him. Stamina and the injury risks also are factors, though, so there's no telling exactly how many opportunities Harvin will get.

"We'll see," Harvin said. "Me and Coach talked today, so I'll be back there a little more."

  • The Vikings blitzed on 42.3 percent of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' dropbacks in the opener.

    Week 2 will pit them against Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who can make an overaggressive defense pay with his legs as well as his arm.

    "Freeman's a little bit more mobile than Rivers is," linebacker Erin Henderson said. "He has a little bit more escape-ability. He can get out of the pocket, can move a little bit and still be pretty accurate once he gets out of there. We want to try to get our thing, get him on the ground. He's a big fella."

    One of the NFL's biggest quarterbacks at 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, Freeman ran for 364 yards on 68 carries (5.4-yard average) last season in addition to throwing for 3,451 yards.

    "Obviously, he's capable of getting away from some stuff," linebacker Chad Greenway said. "Similar to (Pittsburgh quarterback Ben) Roethlisberger in a sense -- it's hard to bring down. Sometimes it's hard to bring him down with one guy. You have to get home on your blitzes."

    BY THE NUMBERS: 76.7 -- Percentage of snaps on which the Vikings used at least two tight ends in the opener, without having any of them catch a pass. "Me personally, I had a little more run game and protection than normal," rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph said. "But I feel like we executed our assignments as tight ends."

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "At times, we looked extremely great, and at times, we looked average. Man, that's not the type of team that we are. So, we've got to go out there and work a little bit harder on just being more consistent for those 60 minutes." -- RG Anthony Herrera, when asked about the Vikings' offensive performance

    NOTES

  • RG Anthony Herrera said his stamina "wasn't a problem" in his first full game back from knee reconstruction. "We only had 36 plays, so it wasn't a problem at all," Herrera said. "But our training staff did a really great job of getting me in shape, getting me ready to play. I surprised myself. I wasn't tired at all."

  • UT Letroy Guion played 70 snaps in the opener but got in on only four tackles (one solo) and took two late penalties. He figures to start again this week before starting under tackle Kevin Williams returns from his suspension.

  • CB Antoine Winfield said he'd love to be reunited with former teammate CB Benny Sapp, who was released by Miami on Tuesday. "We were hoping coach would run out and go grab him," Winfield said. "But that's the business side of it. He's still a good player. He'll catch on."


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