According to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, wide receiver Percy Harvin “should be fine” for Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos and Carroll said the team is “counting on him to be ready.”
Harvin was acquired by the Seahawks in March from the Minnesota Vikings, but hasn’t made much of an impact on the team’s offense. Offseason hip surgery limited Harvin to appearing in one regular season game.
Harvin missed Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers after suffering a concussion in the divisional round game against the New Orleans Saints. In that game Harvin caught 3 passes for 21 yards.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing offense has been stagnant in the past six games. The offense has relied on running back Marshawn Lynch to carry the load. If the Seahawks want to win the Super Bowl they have to open up the offense and put points on the board.
Harvin returning is exactly what the doctor ordered to jump start a stagnant passing game.
Although Harvin hasn’t played much this season, when healthy, Harvin is still one of the most dynamic playmakers in the entire league. He’s easily the most explosive playmaker on the Seahawks’ offense.
The Broncos defense must respect his ability and always know his location when he is on the field. The attention that is paid to Harvin will create opportunities for fellow receivers Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Jermaine Kearse. It will also take some of the pressure off of Lynch and the running game.
The Seahawks defense will make Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his offense work for every yard and point they receive, but, in order to defeat the Broncos and their record-setting offense, the Seahawks must be able to score points themselves. A healthy Percy Harvin would make that task easier for Wilson and company.