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Tarvaris Jackson knew the reaction would be even better than the return. He played with Percy Harvin before. He knows the Harvin effect.
After a year on the mend, after two surgeries, after changing teams and signing a $67 million contract, Harvin returned to NFL action Sunday. He played sparingly in the Seahawks’ 41-20 victory over Minnesota. It was only a sip of what he could do. Still, his talent left you laughing so hard that you spit out your drink.
So when the new star Seahawks wide receiver burst free for a 58-yard kickoff return just before halftime, Jackson grinned and watched everyone who was watching Harvin. He saw a CenturyLink Field crowd of 68,235 erupt, almost in rhythm with the Seahawks sideline. It looked like the most enthusiastic group dance ever. Harvin had done the spectacular in his Seattle debut, and Jackson looked on like a proud event planner.
“I was happy watching everybody responding to him and understanding that now, officially, he is a part of the team,” said Jackson, the Seahawks backup quarterback, who played with Harvin in Minnesota in 2009 and 2010. “Get ready to be amazed.”
Get ready to make “wow” your favorite word.
Get ready for random bursts of glee.
Harvin is a Seahawk, at last.
Pyro's take: Harvin only had one catch for 17 yards, and he was not used as much as I had anticipated. Percy showed he still has all the ability in the world, and will be a force in the fantasy playoffs.
Harvin will now get a bye week to get himself prepared for making a major impact on the Seahawks passing game. You better believe that when he takes the field again in week 13, he will be at 100% and playing a lot more.
Percy Harvin is indeed practicing today (though off-limits to the media until he completes one). Carroll said Harvin said he feels 100 percent. But Carroll repeated what he said on Monday, that they will want to see how he responds to a week of practice before making a decision. He said they won’t put Harvin out there until they feel he is 100 percent.
Pyro's take: Carroll has stood strong on saying that Harvin will not play until he gets a full week of practice in, but that is the not the same information that we are getting from Percy.
Earlier this week Harvin tweeted out, "It's go time", and what better time than this week against his former team. The Vikings are struggling this season, and Harvin would love to be back for this game to show Minnesota what they have been missing without him.
“It’s different,” Baldwin said Wednesday, when the 8-1 Seahawks began practicing for Sunday’s game against the 2-6 Falcons in Atlanta. “When you’re on the outside, you’re routes are different obviously. It’s more of a timing thing. You’ve got to be at a certain spot on time.
“Whereas in the slot, I have more freedom to get open, I’m usually the third read, so Russell (Wilson) has time to get back to me. When you’re on the outside, there’s not much leeway. You’ve got to be a specific route runner, which I think I’m pretty capable at.
“So I enjoyed it.”
Baldwin had a team-leading six catches – the third-highest total of his career – for 75 yards in Sunday’s overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field, including a 10-yard touchdown reception to tie the score with less than two minutes left in regulation.
“The game plan was the same,” Baldwin said. “I just think that obviously I had more opportunities because I filled in for Sid, but then also when we went on third down I still went back to my normal position. So I got a lot more opportunities than I’m used to, but I just tried to make the best of them.”
Pyro's take: Baldwin has stepped up his game with the loss of Sidney Rice. The news that Percy Harvin is coming back, is now news that will not effect Baldwin. He will remain starting in Rice's role when Harvin returns, so if you are looking for potential in a deeper league, Baldwin might be worth a shot. This could be a good week for him against a struggling Falcons team.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting this morning that Percy Harvin will begin practicing with the Seahawks next week:
That’s not a huge surprise given the optimistic comments on Monday from coach Pete Carroll when he said everything was “going great” on Harvin’s return.
But a report that he will definitively being practice next week indicates that there have indeed been no setbacks suffered during his recent workouts and that the team has seen enough of what they needed to see in his workouts to clear him.
After playing Arizona tonight, the Seahawks will be off through the weekend before returning to work on Monday in preparation for a game the following Monday at St. Louis.
Pyro's take: Get ready to reap all the rewards for stashing Harvin on your bench on all season. He will begin practicing next week and will have the possibility of returning for the Seahawks next game. Even if he does not come back for 2 more weeks, he is going to have a major impact on fantasy teams going forward. The Seahawks have nobody that will challenge him for targets when he returns, and he could quickly regain WR1 status.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, speaking Monday morning on his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle, said wide receiver Percy Harvin is "getting closer" to returning from his hip surgery two months ago to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
"He will be back in town this week," Carroll said of the wide receiver. "He was in New York to make sure the doctor that did the surgery, and his rehab team, were ready to sign off on it.
"I know he started running last week. I don't know any more than that until we get him out here, but it's encouraging. We're getting closer. It's going to happen as soon as possible."
Pyro's take: Percy is going to get back this season and he will make a fantasy impact. Russell Wilson will welcome him back with open arms when Harvin is ready, and he will be sure to target him a lot as well. Wilson, like Colin Kaepernick, has struggled with his number one threat getting hurt before the season even started.
The good news is that he is getting closer to getting back, and week 8 is not out of the realm of possibilities. Those of you who were smart enough to stash him on your rosters are going to get a huge boost for the stretch run.
Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin, who will sit out the start of 2013 after hip surgery last month, said Wednesday that his recovery is progressing along nicely and suggested that he could be ready to play earlier than expected.
“What’s goin on 12th man,” Harvin wrote on Twitter, “just checkn in … I’m making serious progress … keep an eye on week 7 … don’t hang them 11′s up … we workn.”
Pyro's take: Percy Harvin may be a little optimistic thinking he could be ready for week 7, but the fact that his recovery is going well is great news, especially for savvy owners, like myself, who have been grabbing him at the end of drafts for that extra push in the fantasy playoffs.
If Harvin is able to return under a more modest time frame, say weeks 10-12, then he is still an amazing value and should be plucked up off the waiver wires if you have a spot to stash him on your team. When he does return he should not take too long to get heavily involved in the offense, and on top of that he will have some real fresh legs when you need him down the stretch. Harvin has a much better chance of an early return as compared to Michael Crabtree, so if you have the space on your roster and he is available, GRAB HIM NOW!
Wilson finished with 8-of-12 from 127 yards and two touchdown passes, as the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 40-10. Wilson found Sean McGrath and Kearse for his passing touchdowns, and the Seahawks didn’t seem too phased by not having Percy Harvin available.
Pyro's take: Wilson is looking to pick up where he left off last season, and is off to a good start. Wilson just looks so confident, and there are sure to be a few more wrinkles in the offense we have not seen yet.
Wilson has seen has draft stock fall, since the injury to Percy Harvin, but he is showing that he will be fine. Wilson is not going to be a top quarterback in passing yards, but his ability to run, along with his accuracy and touchdown potential Wilson is a quarterback to grab if you wait for one in your draft.
Christine Michael got the majority of work for the Seahawks in their first preseason game, carrying the ball 16 times for 89 yards.
Pyro's take: Michael is battling and winning the battle against Robert Turbin for the backup role to Marshawn Lynch. Michael is a big back at 5'10" and 221 pounds. He showed in this preseason game that he can be a workhorse back. Michael also showed some burst breaking off a 24-yard run. Michael is the future for the Seahawks and a mist grab in dynasty leagues. He is also proving that he is a traditional handcuff to Lynch as he could put up comparable numbers if Lynch goes down.
Zach Miller had been taking it easy through the first week of training camp, dealing with a lingering foot injury. On Wednesday Miller was seen with his knee wrapped up as well.
Pyro's take: This is not good news for the Seahawks and Miller, who showed big play ability in the playoffs last season. The Seahwaks are already dealing with losing Percy Harvin for 3-4 months, and Sydney Rice is in Switzerland getting treatment on his knee. Miller is expected to pick up more targets with the injuries, but if he can't stay on the field it won't matter.
Percy Harvin has a possible slight tear in the labrum of his hip, according to a source who is aware of the wide receiver's condition. Pete Carroll had this to say.
"It's in that area, yeah...We're going to take a real good look at it and get second opinions and all that kind of stuff, to do the right thing. It's really early in camp, we got plenty of time to get this thing worked out, so we're being very careful."
Harvin is getting a second opinion in New York on Tuesday.
Pyro's take: This is horrible news for Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Harvin was inked to a 6 year deal and may spend the first season on the injured reserve. Harvin was a sure fire top 10 receiver and his loss will have a major impact on the success of Russell Wilson, who will fall in our rankings. Sydney Rice and Golden Tate will have to step up this season. We will be eagerly awaiting the information on Harvin's second opinion on Tuesday.
By all accounts, Seattle's second-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft, running back Christine Michael, impressed the Seahawks coaching staff enough to make a real run at supplanting Robert Turbin as the backup to starter Marshawn Lynch this season.
Pyro's take: In addition, ESPN also recently came out with an article pegging their Top-10 RBs for 2016, with Michael coming in at #5 ahead of other notables such as fellow rookie Giovani Bernard (#6), David Wilson (#7), Mark Ingram (#8), C.J. Spiller (#9) and Jamaal Charles (#10).
We love the future of the Seahawks' beastly RB out of Texas A&M, but barring injury, he can only be considered a mid-range handcuff for fantasy teams in 2013.
Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice said that he was too sore after the game against the Saints last weekend to play in the Pro Bowl game this Sunday. Falcons WR Roddy White will take his place on the NFC roster.
Pyro's take: Roddy has been a beast the last three seasons, putting up 80+ receptions and 1,150+ yards in each. He also set his own career best in touchdowns this year with 11 and will be making his second straight Pro Bowl game appearance in Miami.
Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) has been declared active for the NFC Championship game against the Saints today.
Pyro's take: Great news for Favre and the rest of the Vikings. Harvin might not be used as much as he was during the regular season, but just his presence on field might be enough to change up how the Saints play on defense.
Vikings wide receiver and return specialist Percy Harvin (migraines) took part in the team's final practice on Saturday and traveled with the Vikings to New Orleans later that day.
Pyro's take: It bodes well for Harvin's availability on Sunday that he went through that final practice, but coach Brad Childress was quoted as saying that it was "less than ideal" that Percy missed two days of practice during the week. The rookie will likely play, but how involved he'll be in the offense remains to be seen.
Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin missed the teams Thursday and Friday practice due to his recurring migraines and is being listed as questionable for the game against the Saints on Sunday.
Pyro's take: Harvin wasn't even at the practice facility on Friday, so it doesn't look very promising for the rookie star. Being the NFC Championship Game, Percy and the Vikes will do anything they can to get him out there, but if he can't make a go of it, both Minney's offense and special teams take a hit.
01/23/10, 09:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
The Buffalo Bills announced today that they have hired Chan Gailey to be their next head coach.
Pyro's take: This isn't likely to go over too well in Buffalo, but at least they're getting a guy with experience. Gailey has been coaching for the last 38 years in a wide variety of settings, so the ineptitude of the Bills won't be anything he hasn't dealt with before. He will also take over the offensive coordinator position for a Bills team that hasn't ranked above the bottom eight for seven years running.
Bucs WR coach Richard Mann expected to leave the Bucs for the Beltway
Bucs' WR coach Richard Mann will more than likely be moving on to greener pastures - likely to join Mike Shanahan in DC, and Rick Stroud of the Tampabay blog speculates that that could mean Bryant will follow suit.
Pyro's take: Apparently, the Bucs are displeased with Bryant's production. Well, gee, maybe they shouldn't run Jeff Garcia out of town leaving their QB prospects up to Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown, and rookie Josh Freeman. Bryant is more of a TO-like personality, so he won't ever last one place for too long. He'd be a nice addition in Washington, as they are light on talent at WR.
After making a visit to the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, Vikings coach Brad Childress said he expects wide receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) to be okay and that he believes "he's healthy". Harvin participated in a full practice on Wednesday and looks good to go for Week 16.
Pyro's take: The Vikings sorely need Harvin's explosive abilities back to full speed, so look for him to be used quite a bit this Monday night in Chicago. Feel free to use him as a WR3 for your fantasy team this upcoming week.
12/23/09, 12:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Raiders tight end Zach Miller took his concussion test on Monday and likes his chances of playing in Week 16.
“The way the symptoms have been kind of going away, I expect in the next few days here I should be feeling pretty good and get back out there at practice,” Miller said.
Pyro's take: The Raiders have picked their game up of late winning three of their last five games, and the return of Miller can only make them better. As good of a player as Zach is, he's still just a TE2 at best for your fantasy team.