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Morning links: Harvin ranks among NFL leaders in percent of targets in 2012

Post by Eric Williams on May 27, 2013 at 10:17 am with 22 Comments »
May 27, 2013 11:39 am
Seattle Seahawks new wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches a pass from quarterback Russell Wilson (3), Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks new wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches a pass from quarterback Russell Wilson (3), Monday, May 20, 2013, during an NFL football organized team activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at the receivers with the highest percentage of targets of an individual team’s passing plays during the 2012 season.

Chicago’s Brandon Marshall was the clear No. 1 in this category, at 41 percent. But Percy Harvin was No. 2 with a 37.6 percent target rate in nine games with Minnesota last season.

Harvin was targeted 82 times in 218 passing opportunities with the Vikings. Sidney Rice was Seattle’s most targeted receiver last season, with 82 targets in 16 games. Seattle threw the least amount of any team in the league last year, averaging about 25 attempts a contest.

So it will be interesting to see how Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spreads the wealth in the passing game in 2013. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll already has said that the Seahawks will continue to be a run-based offense. But with quarterback Russell Wilson in his second season, the Seahawks likely will throw the ball more as well.

Huy Nguyen of remembers Tuskegee Airman George Hickman on this Memorial Day. Hickman served as a greeter for Seahawks and University of Washington football and basketball games. Hickman passed away on Aug. 20, 2012.

Scott Daugherty of the Virginian-Pilot covers Seattle safety Kam Chancellor’s annual cookout for his hometown community of Norfolk, Va.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated wonders which receiver will have more of an impact in 2013, Anquan Bolden or Percy Harvin, with Michael Crabtree out with an Achilles tendon tear.

Dave Hutchinson of the New Jersey Star-Ledger talks with Seahawks linebacker Ken Norton Jr. about Aaron Curry. It’s a good read that explains what happened during the Wake Forest product’s tenure in Seattle.

ESPN’s John Clayton pens an interesting article about the 2009 draft class Curry is a part of. Clayton reports that only 60 players from the 2009 draft class remain with the team that drafted them.

Clayton had a busy weekend, throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game. Check out the video below.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald expects Russell Wilson to be even more prepared in his second season.

Mark Kizla of the Denver Post writes that the new base defense in the NFL is the nickel, which explains why Seattle placed a premium on securing the services of Antoine Winfield.

Matt Maiocco of writes that A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton will get an opportunity to earn the starting job at split end opposite Anquan Boldin with Michael Crabtree out.

Kevin Lynch writing for the San Francisco Chronicle believes that Lockette is a receiver to watch for with the 49ers.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Harvin’s targets last season are irrelevant to what we might expect in ’13. As Eric elluds to, how Bevell used Rice and Harvin the last time he had them is a more likely metric for what we may expect this year.

  2. Norton has some interesting things to say about Curry – Will be interesting to see how it plays out for him this year

  3. Sekolah says:

    I love Ken Norton jr., but he’s a bit of a softy sometimes when he talks to the media about these guys. He’s right on about what Curry could do to NFL TE’s at the line. He may not have been able to stay with a lot of them in coverage, but he didn’t have to when he won at the LoS. He would just rag-doll big, physical TE’s like V.D. and Antonio Gates.

    Norton needs to tell it like it really is though: Curry lacks instincts that make great ones at the LB position. Phenomenal physical strength is not enough. The injuries to his lower legs were unknown to me, but it still doesn’t mean all that much. If his work ethic had been better and he cared more about being the “best LB to hit the NFL in the last 10 years” than he did about tweeting, then maybe things would have shaped out differently.

    I think he’d have a better shot at redemption playing within a 3-4 scheme that emphasizes a heavy dose of zone blitzes, as a weakside ILB. His sort of athleticism is conducive to running downhill in a straight line and keeping the action in front of him. The moment you ask Curry to flip his hips, he is doomed. Mike backer will be a struggle for him, IMO. The most cerebral of LB’s thrive at MLB, and well, Curry isn’t someone that I’d describe as very cerebral.

  4. So with all the love the Lockette is getting – what are the odds that he actually steps up to be a big time guy?

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Why does Norton “need to tell it like it is”? Curry’s tape tells the whole story, we don’t need his position coach to throw him under the bus through the media. Among the many reasons why IMO, is that Norton must have the trust of the players he’s currently coaching. What message does that send to them? No, I for one appreciate Norton’s discretion when it comes to a player that was clearly a complete bust. Those of us that will never see the inside of an NFL locker-room can “tell it like it is” when it comes to the likes of Aaron Curry.

  6. Sekolah says:

    Duke, ok, I see your point; however, a slightly more accurate assessment of the kind of player Curry is/was without being too critical would have been appreciated. Wasn’t looking for him to torch Curry necessarily. Looking between the lines though, I can see where Norton left out some information, intentionally. So it’s not like he’s giving a glowing endorsement of Curry, however most average NFL fans will see it that way. That’s fine, let them find out for themselves.

  7. Sekolah says:

    xcman, I have my doubts. We all know he can take the top off of a defense, but that’s about the extent of his ability. This whole “He’s the WR in S.F. to watch this year” is a story most Seahawks fans have already been told. I think about his last time around with Seattle in 2012, and how he really struggled in camp that year, and how he then failed to latch on with any team in any kind of significant role after that. He’s a track star – not a real NFL athlete. That just my 2 cents.

  8. Say it isn’t so… Kam Chancellor PED suspension being reported on Yahoo. Eeks, now I’m skurred.

  9. Oh, no.. Just spoke on the issue. My bad. I hope we have seen the end of this issue.

  10. Sekolah says:

    Chancellor, in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday, said the team had a meeting after Irvin’s suspension.

    “The vets, we put a meeting together to talk to the guys about not making the same mistakes over and over,” he said.

    “We have to grow up and move past that,” Chancellor said. “That’s pretty much the message right now, growing up and not making the same mistakes over and over.”

  11. I think Lockette will make a few crazy good plays here and there but not sure he can regularly get open on his own. I think about the only place he can be truly successful (based on info on him up to this point in time) is SF or here. He needs a running game to bring in the safety – but as always this is just my opininion

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Sekolah – Thanks for passing that link along. I love to read that.

  13. Opiewon says:

    PEDs or not, just win the game. I don’t give a shit about how loud and rude sherman is. I don’t care if we get flagged for beating the team into submission. I don’t care if the whole team is hopped up on drugs. This league at time is not fair to every team as we seahawks fans saw in 05. Al Davis once said ” just win baby” and that’s the truth. All I care about as a die hard seahawks fan is a W in the win/loss column.

    Every team in the league has a way to manipulate the rules for the upper hand on a weekly basis. I just wish they were better at not getting caught.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    What’s horribly skewed about your logic is the fact that regardless how little you personally care about the league’s rules, the league does. And without your best players on the field, there’s little chance to get those Ws. Seattle’s players need to smarten up.

  15. Any regulars going to be in SF/Oak the next few days? Gonna be at the A’s – Giants games the next two nights and have a couple extra tickets.


    Weighs in at #5 – We know they will put RG3 and Luck above him – didn’t look enough to figure out who the other 2 are going to be.

    I found the reason he is not higher on the list interesting: Wilson mostly gets into trouble when his decision-making slows down. He has a tendency to hold the ball too long, sometimes waiting for a play to emerge that isn’t there. Only three starting quarterbacks took more sacks-per-play than Wilson despite good protection overall. It will be a balance for him throughout his career to use his athleticism and creativity without relying too much on them. Four of Wilson’s five biggest rushing games came in Seattle’s final five weeks.

    I remember a little of this last year – I don’t think with his study skills this well continue to be a problem. I also feel that some tof this came from PC preaching NO TURNOVERS – so he holds onto the ball

  17. Ok Cam Newton will be above him – who will be the 4th?

  18. The only other would be Kaepernick! -

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Stafford possibly.

  20. SandpointHawk says:

    No Stafford was number 6

    No. 10: Josh Freeman
    No. 9: Andy Dalton
    » No. 8: Sam Bradford
    » No. 7: Ryan Tannehill
    » No. 6: Matthew Stafford
    » No. 5: Russell Wilson

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Oh, well there ya go.

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