Hoping to play a full regular season for the first time since 2011, a healthy and rejuvenated Percy Harvin opened eyes on Thursday as a game-breaking wide receiver, ball-carrier and returner for the Seattle Seahawks, which hosted the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 NFL Kickoff game.
Helping Seattle trounce Green Bay 36-16, the former Florida Gators standout racked up 160 all-purpose yards for the Seahawks, 100 of which were from scrimmage. Harvin led his team in receiving with seven catches for 59 yards (including a 33-yard reception, his longest since Oct. 7, 2012) and finished second in rushing with four carries for 41 yards, adding 60 return yards on three kickoffs just for good measure.
Harvin’s game-breaking ability should be a boon for Seattle all season. The 2009 NFL Rookie of the Year is arguably the most electric player in the league, a characteristic many forgot but were reminded of last season when he opened the second half of Super Bowl XLVIII by bringing a kickoff back for a touchdown.
“He’s just such an explosive athlete,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin after the Thursday night victory. “We had a ton of different ways to show how we’re fitting him into our offense. It’s what we’ve been hoping for. There’s a bunch of other stuff that we’ll do. We’re just getting started.”
Harvin’s versatility is absolutely unique in the league, which got OnlyGators.com to thinking how he might fit in if there was a depth chart created that only consisted of former Gators currently signed to NFL teams (and on injured reserve lists).
Here is a Florida-only NFL depth chart (italics indicates players out of position):
– Haden and Reed both played quarterback in high school (as did Burton for that matter). Rex Grossman is not currently on a roster.
– Mike Pouncey and Harrison are both centers but must play guard to fill in gaps.
– Elam could start at nickel cornerback or safety, making three safeties a necessity at one of the positions.
– Sturgis must take on punting duties.