Percy Harvin’s trade to Seattle from Minnesota may have come as somewhat of a shock to many, however, the writing was on the wall.
Sure, Harvin is ultra-talented with a rare speed and skills, but he had little to do with Minnesota’s playoff run down the stretch. He missed Minnesota’s last seven games of the 2012 season, a period where the Vikings went 5-2. While Harvin was healthy through the first nine games, Minnesota went 5-4.
His role was filled during the second half of the season by rookie wideout Jarius Wright. Wright was a prolific college player while at Arkansas who drew comparisons to Harvin during his collegiate career.
In Harvin’s absence Wright hauled in 22 passes for 310 yards — over three yards more per reception than Harvin averaged over the first nine games. Wright also found the end zone twice during that span compared to Harvin’s three scores.
Wright is the same type of athlete who can run the same plays out of the backfield as well as be the retur...