Harvin was not much of a factor in the passing game. He received just one target, catching the pass for 5 yards. He was a huge threat in the running game, however. On his first carry of the game, Harvin broke out for a 51 yard score. Though Harvin stepped out of bounds during the play, it was still ruled a touchdown. Harvin's second rushing attempt came with the team attempting a game-winning drive. He was stuffed for a 6 yard loss.
Harvin finished with two rushes for 45 yards. That led the club. He'll look to do more in the passing game Week 3 against the Broncos.
Despite seeing limited time in the offense last season, Harvin didn’t seem to miss a beat Week 1. He was the preferred target of quarterback Russell Wilson, leading the team with seven receptions for 59 yards. He was also a threat in the run game, carrying the ball four times for 41 yards. Harvin was also used on kick returns during the game.
With Harvin healthy, Seattle was able to diversify the playbook even more. Harvin was used on a number of read-option and play action-type plays in order to create mismatches in the Packers secondary. While these didn’t lead to any big time plays from Harvin Week 1, it seems like they’ll be a staple of the team’s offense as long as Harvin is healthy.
Harvin will take on the Chargers Week 2.
A quiet preseason was a good preseason for Harvin. After missing nearly all of last season due to a hip injury, Harvin was able to play in all but the final game of the preseason. He missed the fourth game due to a personal issue, and not because of an injury. Harvin caught seven balls for 92 yards in August.
The Packers didn’t boast a strong pass defense last season. The team allowed opposing wide receivers to average 22.94 Fantasy points per game. That wasn’t one of the worst rates in the league, but it was below-average. The team attempted to address this during the offseason, taking Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. Despite that, there’s no guarantee the team will perform better in the defensive backfield.
Despite the fact that Harvin is a five-year veteran, there are questions about how he’ll be used with the Seahawks. While Harvin was able to play during the club’s playoff run, it was unclear whether he was actually fully healthy last year. Harvin has shown the ability to be a game-changing wide receiver, so it’s assumed the Seahawks will find ways to get arguably their best playmaker the ball. The club has been been incredibly run-heavy over the past few seasons, but a healthy Harvin could make them more balanced.
Harvin has performed well in the preseason despite coming off offseason hip surgery. A hip problem limited him to just one regular season game a year ago.
"All the injuries I've had, a couple extra (months) to heal up from everything last year ... everything that I had with my hip, it controlled a lot - the hamstring, the knee problems," he said. "My legs are feeling how they are supposed to feel. Very fluid. Very smooth. ... It's all good."
Harvin played in just one game with one catch in his first season with Seattle in 2013.
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