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|It was a tale of two seasons for Harvin in 2011, as he entered his 3rd year in the league. Expected to be a major component of the Vikings offense, the 2009 first round pick was marginally productive but hardly the explosive player that Minnesota needed him to be early in the season. Over his first seven games, Harvin accumulated 442 total yards (a respectable 63.1 per game) but failed to find the end zone. Afterwards, Harvin turned on the jets, finding the end zone eight times over the Vikings final nine games and notching 867 total yards, while averaging a nifty 15.0 FPts/G. What happened? Well, this oneís not rocket science, folks. Adrian Peterson missed four of the Vikings final nine games and part of another one, allowing Harvin to become the focal point of the teamís offense. Peterson returns from a torn ACL suffered in Week 16 and that will likely result in plenty of touches for Harvin, especially early in 2012. Will he get enough touches to top the 1,312 total yards and eight touchdowns he put up in 2011? Ask the Vikings. While they added little to one of the leagueís worst group of wide receivers in the off-season, they also had Harvin sitting on the bench plenty in 2011 in an attempt to keep him fresh for returning kicks. Weíll take the gamble. Expect Harvin to be a mid-tier WR1 in 2012.
|Harvin reportedly traded to Jets -- Fri Oct 17 5:50 pm --|
Seahawks receive conditional mid-round pick
|BREAKING: The Jets have just agreed with Seattle to a trade sending WR Percy Harvin to New York for conditional pick. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This one is a stunner and has fairly far-reaching implications for both teams. By making this move, the Seahawks essentially are scrapping the misdirection part of their offense and likely recommitting themselves to Marshawn Lynch. Doug Baldwin should see his stock increase the most among Seattle wideouts. The Jets now have a dynamic (albeit injury-prone) playmaker opposite Eric Decker that should aid Geno Smith's development.
|WR Sidney Rice retires from NFL -- Wed Jul 23 4:11 pm --|
Injuries the main reason for Rice's retirement
|Sidney Rice walked away from what has been his life and into a new chapter of his life on Wednesday. "Iíve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. Itís something Iíve always battled through and came back from. But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road." (Seahawks.com)|
FF Today's Take: Rice battled a number of ailments including concussions and knee injuries during his brief career. His best season was in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns as a member of the Vikings. The Seahawks will move forward with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin as their top two wideouts. Jermaine Kearse should see an increase in opportunities as a result of Rice's retirement.