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  • Matt 6:00 pm on August 17, 2009 Permalink
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    Top rookie on my draft radar: Percy Harvin 

    It’s a running back… it’s a wide receiver… no, it’s Percy Harvin! The Vikings offense is going to have a terrifying one-two punch in Harvin and Peterson, and they’re not going to be shy about using their shiny new toy either – they’ve drawn up more than two dozen plays for him already and are working furiously to develop a Wildcat option with Harvin taking snaps from multiple positions. And if Peterson gets hurt (always a distinct possibility), Harvin, who averaged nearly 10 yards per carry for the Gators on 194 total carries, may find himself with a significant share of the running duties along with his receiving and Wildcat roles.

    What I like best about him has as much to do with the team as the player: Minnesota, with more questions than answers at the quarterback position, has every incentive to get the ball out of the QB’s hands and lean heavily on its playmakers. This offense is going to be more than a little, um, non-traditional – but dangerous nevertheless. And Harvin’s likely to be a big reason why.

    Right now, I’d grab him in round 5 or 6 of a 12-team redraft league. While I don’t know that I’d go much higher than that, it’s certainly tempting. He’s a gamble given all the uncertainty in the Vikings offense, but he’s got the potential to be this season’s iteration of the one player you hate to see on your opponent’s roster any given week.

    UPDATE: Of course, if Favre does end up punkin’ us all and dons the purple ‘n’ gold this season, the Minnesota offense would suddenly look a lot more traditional, and Harvin would drop back down on my list.

  • Brandon 3:33 pm on August 17, 2009 Permalink

    In case you were about to make rash draft decisions based on the results from week one of the preseason, here’s a dose of reality from NFL.com to help you see how meaningful (or meaningless) these early games are…

  • Matt 9:32 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink

    Donnie Avery's nutritionist must be on vacation. He's posted a couple of photo… 

    Donnie Avery’s nutritionist must be on vacation. He’s posted a couple of photos of his meals to Twitter recently, and now I’m hungry.

    “At cracker barrel grubbin!!”
    At cracker barrel grubbin!! on Twitpic
    “I love my diet!”
    I love my diet! on Twitpic
    • Brandon 3:38 pm on August 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Donnie Avery needs to talk to Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez about their magical diets when they were injured…

  • Matt 9:13 am on August 17, 2009 Permalink

    If Vick's handlers thought that putting him on 60 Minutes was going to improve … 

    If Vick’s handlers thought that putting him on 60 Minutes was going to improve their client’s public image, I think they’re in for a shock. To me, Vick came across as rehearsed and far more remorseful about what he’d done to his career than to the dogs he brutalized. He’s lucky that 60 Minutes allowed CBS Sports’ James Brown to conduct the interview rather than one of the regulars. Brown was OK, but he let Vick get away with lines like, “I don’t know how many times I gotta say it… it was wrong,” as if everyone just needs to get off his back already, jeez! Morley Safer wouldn’t let that shit fly.

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