During a recent locker-room conversation with
As Farwell smiled,
“That’s about to change as soon as Percy comes back,” Farwell said, the smile being replaced by a laugh.
Harvin, who was acquired in a March trade with the Vikings, was still on the physically unable to perform list after having hip surgery Aug. 1.
But who saw this coming? How could a player – even one as good as Harvin – make that kind of impact in a game when he last played in a game last Nov. 4 against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
One school of thought had coach Pete Carroll sitting Harvin for the game, allowing him two more weeks to rehab before the post-bye run that starts with a “Monday Night Football” matchup against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field on Dec. 2 and continues with road games against the 49ers in San Francisco (Dec. 8) and the New York Giants in the Meadowlands (Dec. 15).
Anyone who bought into that already has been fitted for a dunce cap.
There also was the thought that Harvin had been limited in two practices prior to last week, and then was limited again Wednesday, so how could he possibly be game ready.
The think-again moment with that theory came early in Thursday’s practice, when Harvin took a short pass in the flat from Wilson and morphed into a blur as he exploded up the sideline in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Believe it or not, the guy wasn’t just ready, Harvin was prepared.
When did his teammates have an idea that Harvin was not only back, but back that far back?
“I saw him all week in practice,” wide receiver
“We saw it all week in practice, and you know how electrifying he is when he touches the ball,” Baldwin said. “So that’s why you saw all of us stand up. We knew something was up. He’s just a different type of player.”
Different, in a good way. “If he gets the ball in his hands, it’s like another Beast Mode,” Baldwin said, with the obvious reference being leading rusher
Wilson seconded that notion.
“How big a part of the offense can Percy be?” he said, repeating the question. “The thing about him, he draws attention. And it’s hard to stop him because he’s so fast, he’s so electric. He loves the game. He’s so physical. He’s the type of guy that’s so fast that he makes guys miss, but he also wants to be physical with you. So it’s tough for defensive players to figure out how to cover him.
“So I think adding him to the different guys that we have – to the quick guys that we have, to the deep-ball guys that we have, to the playmakers and possession guys – he can do it all. That’s what makes him one of the best players in the National Football League.”
And Harvin’s impact should only become more forceful as the Seahawks move into their final five games with 10 victories and a lead in the NFC West that is currently 3½ games.
“He’s got an elite speed,” Baldwin said. “So anytime you look at him in the slot, or maybe outside, the safety has to cheat to his side in case he beats the guy off the line of scrimmage. Because if the safety doesn’t get there, there’s nobody in this league that catch up with Percy.”