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Vikings | Harvin's speed stretching team defense


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Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports that Vikings first-round pick Percy Harvin's is drawing praise from his teammates. "He's stretching our defense so I know he's going to stretch everybody else's defense when game time comes," Johnson said. "He's a blazer. He's the fastest guy I've seen on the field yet." Johnson added that he'd love to see a footrace between Harvin and RB Adrian Peterson.

We're getting more intrigued by Harvin by the day. Head coach Brad Childress seems willing to use him in a lot of ways.

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Here is the actual blog entry. They left out who "Johnson" is on the posted article.




Rookie Percy Harvin stood out today with two long catches, one from Tarvaris Jackson and one from Sage Rosenfels. Harvin also took direct snaps in the Wildcat formation and showed off his speed.


Afterward, safety Tyrell Johnson talked about Harvin’s speed and how much pressure it puts on the defense.


“He’s stretching our defense so I know he’s going to stretch everybody else’s defense when game time comes,” Johnson said. “He’s a blazer. He’s the fastest guy I’ve seen on the field yet.”


Even faster than Adrian Peterson? “It’s close. I would like to see that foot race between those two.”


Johnson also talked about how hard it is to defend the Wildcat formation.


“It’s tough. You have Adrian and Percy back there. If they train him to throw the ball you have to worry about Bernard [berrian] and Sid [Rice] as the receivers. It’s like, how do you win against that.”


And another article from the same day, different writer.


Big-play Percy


First-round draft pick Percy Harvin provided those in attendance at the morning practice with a glimpse of his playmaking ability. In one-on-one drills featuring receivers and cornerbacks, Harvin got past Marcus Walker and caught a pass from Tarvaris Jackson that traveled about 45 yards and would have been a 72-yard touchdown play. Later in 7-on-7 drills, Harvin made a nice double move and caught a 30-yard pass from Sage Rosenfels before rookie safety Jamarca Sanford could get over to help.

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