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Morning links: Harvin shows explosiveness

Post by Eric Williams on May 21, 2013 at 6:29 am with 21 Comments »
May 21, 2013 6:29 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, watches as new wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) makes a catch Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, watches as new wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) makes a catch Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

On a busy first day of organized team activities, Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin looked as good as advertised.

Boling notes at 24 years old, the fifth-year pro is just six months older than quarterback Russell Wilson.

Boling: “Harvin has the potential to keep CenturyLink fans on their feet for seasons to come, whether as receiver, running back or kick returner. In four seasons, he’s had 20 touchdown receptions with four more scores on rushes and five additional on returns.

Last season, he was in the discussion for league MVP at the midway point, with 60 catches after eight games. For context, Sidney Rice led the Seahawks with 50 grabs for the entire season.”

Here’s my story on Bruce Irvin, who’s looking to hit the reset button after his latest transgression, which included cutting off his dreads.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that the Seahawks are attempting to step the tidal wave of negative criticism on the team’s recent spate of players suspended for performance enhancing drugs.

Art Thiel of writes that Seattle’s off-the-field issues are starting to become a distraction for what could be a Super Bowl-contending team.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald writes that Seattle’s positive drug tests point to poor decision making by individual players.

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle provides 10 observations from Seattle’s first OTA. I’ll be on the radio with Brock this morning as a guest host filling in for Danny O’Neil, so listen in if you have time this morning.

Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that defensive end Cliff Avril says is foot injury isn’t too serious.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Percy Harvin lived up to the hype on his first day of OTAs.

More Farnsworth: He offers a detailed practice report here.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times notes that Marshawn Lynch was the only healthy Seahawk not attending the team’s first OTA.

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders writes that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll rated No. 14 among NFL coaches on his aggressiveness index, which attempts to measure head coaches’ tendencies on fourth down.

Ben Muth writing for Sports Nation offers a breakdown on how to generate pressure with just four rushers.

Morning links
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  1. hawkfan777 says:

    I sure hope they get these young guys under control. This could be the year for the Hawks, we certainly dont need to keep losing players because of poor decisions.

    I am glad that Wilson is leading this team. Hopefully he will rub off on the rest of the team.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Russell Wilson-

    “We’ve got to make the right decision as players,” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “It’s up to us to make the right decision at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what the coaches say positively or negatively or whatever, we have to make the decision as players, and I think we’ll do that. One thing is that we have to continue to be leaders in the locker room and make sure that everybody knows that’s unacceptable.”

    A true leader indeed.

  3. Singularitarian says:

    This whole thing with how they need to get their guys “under control” is hogwash. They have 1 player suspended for four games, that’s it right now. And to be honest I think it will put a chip on Irvin’s shoulder and keep him fresh through the season. I’m not too worried about it. Adderall is a drug that helps you study. Most these players probably have a prescription for it but can’t get the nfl to sign off. Even if they don’t, a prescription for adderall is pretty much bs and it’s really not fair to let some players have a prescription for a “PED” and not other’s. Do they let certain players take anebolic steroids because their body doesn’t produce enough muscle? One player, four games. I’ll take that

  4. chuck_easton says:


    1 suspended RIGHT NOW. 5 suspended in the past year.

    The NFL can’t divulge what PED a player tests positive for. It is the common thing for players/agents to roll out the Adderall explanation as it sounds better PR wise than testing positive for a steroid.

    It isn’t enough for a player to get a prescriptin from his own Dr. The player then must advise the NFL. The player then must meet with the NFL medical personell who will administer their own tests to determine if the medication is indeed necessary. Only then will a player get a medical exemption. So, a script from a friendly Dr. isn’t enough.

    And to your argument that it isn’t fair to let some players have a script to a PED and others not, that doesn’t fly either. If a player indeed has ADHD the script simply brings that person up to a functioning level as the others who do not have ADHD. It doesn’t give a person that truly has ADHD any advantage.

  5. Exactly, Chuck. Thanks for the informed comment.

  6. abqhwkfn says:

    Im concerned that we will be hearing a whole lot about Avrils foot this season. Much as we did with Reds foot last year. Plantar fasciitis is the type of thing that lingers on. I hate to think it, but will we once again have problems rushing the passer? The never ending question.

  7. chuck_easton says:

    Avril has commented that the foot isn’t really that bad. OK, that is relative I know. “Isn’t that bad” can mean it’s sore and at this time of year why practice in pain. Isn’t that bad can be interpreted in the Monte Python and the Holy Grail scheme of things that even if the foot falls off ‘it’s just a flesh wound’.

    That’s the problem this time of year. OTA’s are voluntary. Avril is at least here and is going through the team meetings and is learning the system.

    If his foot has an ouwie that won’t let him go out and push it now, no problem. If that ouwie turns in to an ‘oh my god I can’t stand the pain! Cut it off!’ and we are now around late August, then we have a problem.

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    @abqhwkfn: Last preseason the never ending question was “Will we ever have a true franchise QB?” So do not despair! As much as I trust PC/JS, their ability to find defensive players is much more qualified than their ability to find a QB. And they found a QB! So I will keep trusting them on the defensive side of the ball

  9. I expect these guys to get it together and show great discipline from here on out. Some of our young guys have screwed up and got their warnings. Time to grow up and improve the discipline — and I don’t see that as being a problem for this team.

    The best reason why discipline won’t become a problem? Russell Wilson is now our team leader. Name a more disciplined NFL team leader? I can’t think of one.

    (and for anyone who once suggested the Seahawks should sign Vince Young, just imagine what a mistake that might have been to have another undisciplined player like him around. Its notable that the backup QB Pete chose is the very disciplined and hard-working Brady Quinn.)

  10. Yeah, last years D was limited by foot and ankle injuries to Chancellor and Big Red. Not happy to hear Avril is hurting esp considering Irvin’s suspension. Bleah!

    Hope this is just an owie as Chuck says.

  11. jboard1 says:

    Good lord i am excited to watch harvin play. With the understanding he wont have as many catches at the midway point like last year (who else was there to throw to in Minn?) but this dude is going to make the most of all the catches he does get. I think Boling is right when he says he will have CLink on the endge of their seat all game. Game changer….can’t wait!

  12. The plantar injuries concern me too. Ruined Big Red’s season last year. I wonder if these foot issues are increasing with more workouts and practices on artificial surfaces instead of grass? (and I’m glad the VMAC outdoor practice fields are grass.)

  13. Somebody get him a pair of these – it does help with the swelling – doesn’t, unfortunately get rid of it

  14. Harvin running – Wilson hitting the outside shoulder :) great times!!

  15. sluggo42 says:

    Irvin cut his dreds?
    Man, that is an intense move to make for the young man. I hope it’s an indication of how serious he is to redeem himself

  16. If the NFL increased the number of final roster players to 63, and increased the teams caps by $5M, but kept the number of active players on game day to 45, would ticket buyers agree to spend $15 more per ticket, since the stadium seating is usually sold out anyway? I know it’s a tough economy, but this is non-contact preseason and look at the number of walking (or walker-aided) wounded already. If we’re trying to make the sport more friendly to retired players, wouldn’t having enough backups so the injured and badly hurting players don’t have to get back on the field (taking pain-killers routinely on game day) be a good thing?

  17. When you get an injury to one side of the body you tend to favor it, often the result is another injury to the other side of the body which the body overstresses in compensating for the original injury. Pain is there for a reason, even though most doctors are telling us it’s best to work through the pain to get over the injury. Let the players rehab without further injury. Let’s add to the number of roster players so’s we can add J.Abraham to a short-term contract.

  18. GeorgiaRay says:

    Abraham is already on a roster, Freeney, however, isn’t….Your point is interesting though…Could alleviate the “rush” to get players back on the field to their detriment and give them a reasonable opportunity to convalesce properly…

  19. Freeney is a Charger. Abraham is unemployed.

  20. GeorgiaRay says:

    My bad…missed Freeney, thought JA was a Titan…

  21. LeePHilI says:

    Performance enhancing drugs seem to only put players on the sidelines. I don’t see much performance enhancement.

    Someone is supplying these young guys with something that is doing them no good. I’d say a locker room talk by the team leaders is in order. Tell the coaches to stay out and let the players impress each other as to how Adderall doesn’t seem to be doing the team any good.

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