How Are the Minnesota Vikings Filling the Percy Harvin Gap?

July 3, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Even with all of their offseason moves, the Minnesota Vikings still have to figure out how to fill the huge hole left from the Percy Harvin trade. Last year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 9, Harvin was getting mentioned as a possible league MVP. As early as Week 5, Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com had Harvin listed as the sixth-best player in the league. 
In his four seasons with the Vikings since being drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft, Harvin gained more yards than any other Vikings player—including Adrian Peterson. Of course, Harvin had a slight advantage of returning kickoffs, where he averaged 796 yards per season.
Harvin has been described as a wide receiver in a running back's body. Standing only 5'11", he is one of the hardest runners in the NFL. Because of his versatility, the Vikings will not be able to replace Harvin with just one player—in fact, it might take as many as three or four to match the explosiveness th...

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