Through two games this season, Vikings versatile wide receiver Percy Harvin has six rush attempts and nine receptions on 12 targets. The former Gator’s only touchdown has come via kick return. Against Percy’s favor, he has lost a fumble. Yet, why hasn’t the team utilized the Florida product’s playmaking ability more often?
Coach Leslie Frazier backed the club’s use of Percy Harvin on Wednesday, stating the team is taking “the right approach” by using the explosive wideout/return specialist on a limited basis in certain packages, rather than as an every-down player according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.
“There’s nothing he has to prove,” Frazier said. “We know what Percy’s capable of doing. He’s a big-time playmaker, whether it’s on kickoff return or playing wide receiver. It’s just a matter of our using his strengths to our greatest advantage, to our team’s advantage and picking out spots when we do that.”
“We just want to make sure that we use him the right way and get him his touches,” Frazier said. “We have an idea how many touches we want to get him per game, and that’ll help our team.”
Asked on Wednesday if he’s content with his playing time, Harvin said, “That’s not my call at all. That’s coach’s decision. All I can do is come out here and get better, this team get better, and hopefully, turn this thing around and head in the right direction.”
The big-play threat receiver was on the Metrodome turf for less than half of the Vikings offensive plays (30 out of 65 snaps) during the team’s heartbreaking 24-20 loss in the home opener last Sunday to Tampa Bay. For the 2011 campaign, Harvin has played less than half of the Vikings’ snaps (57 of 118) and begs the question: how much Percy is enough for quarterback Donovan McNabb and coordinator Bill Musgrave to be effective on offense?