Harvin Reports Filtering in from First OTAs

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The highly underrated Vikings.com blog, and author Mike Wobschall, has some nice notes about the recent grouping of OTAs held at Winter Park this week. Head to their website to check out the entire list (Wobschall provides talking points on Sidney Rice’s production, linebacker play, and impressive quarterback outings), but of most interest to me was the first impressions many have of Percy Harvin, both in the way the coaches have been using him early and concerning his individual skills

Wobschall mentions in his recent post that Harvin has been lining up all over the field with the offense, and in a short interview with Access Vikings Harvin himself mentions that he’s seen time in the backfield, the slot, and on kick returns.

This should be encouraging to Viking fans who, ever since the Harvin card was delivered to the commissioner on draft day, have been a bit nervous with how Childress’ underwhelming offense would utilize Harvin, and if it would be to the best of the young man’s abilities.

Early indications this week seem positive. Even having reporters mention that Harvin was in the backfield, or lines up at various receiver spots is heartening. The vibe that readers are being given from camp is that this kid has come in as advertised, speed, hands, and all, and that the coaches are actively trying to find the best ways to exploit his talents early and often.

Even Tarvaris Jackson has made mention that having Harvin on the field during OTAs is exciting, and that people are looking to get the ball to him in an effort to try out their new “toy”. Hopefully, the coaches have the same mindset.

Most exciting though are the details that Wobschall provides on Harvin’s performance, mentioning the strength of his hands catching specifically. This should be a welcomed change for fans after years of watching Troy Williamson drop sure touchdowns in the open field.

Surely, we’ll all keep an eye on Harvin as he progresses and grows into a crucial role with the 2009 Vikings offense. If these early signs are any indication, he should be a dynamic player that will be used correctly not only this year, but for years to come.

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