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Originally published Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

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New faces: Percy Harvin

So far, the performance hasn’t matched the hype for new Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin.


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There were few negative endorsements when the Seahawks shocked the NFL by trading for Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin before the season.

Even Adrian Peterson, who played with Harvin in Minnesota and is considered one of the best players in the game, expressed frustration over losing him.

‘’The best all-around player I ever seen or you’ll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!’’ Peterson posted on Twitter.

That context is worth considering, even as it looks more likely that Harvin’s impact this season will be limited to the 19 snaps he played in his only game against Minnesota. As a result, he has turned into a source of frustration, a player with a $67 million contract who has done little more than tease with potential.

Harvin was supposed to be the added dimension that would make Seattle’s offense nearly indefensible. What would defenses key on when Harvin, Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson all lined up?

When healthy, there is no debating Harvin’s standing in the league: He is one of the most explosive players in the game. It is too early close the book on Harvin, but his first year came nowhere close to matching the hype.

Jayson Jenks



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