Here’s more of what Seahawks WR Percy Harvin had to say to the media today, including his chemistry with Russell Wilson, his role in the offense, and more:
(On performance of offense in Friday’s game) It was very encouraging. That’s one of the points of emphasis going into the game, we want to get the ball into the end zone and put points onto the board. Not necessarily field goals, but touchdowns. Like I said in my last interview, with us having this great defense it’s going to be very important for our offense to be able to match that when our guys get us stops or special teams give us a short side of the field. It was definitely encouraging and we got a lot of things done. We got two minute done, so that game was very good for us.
(On why the offense was able to succeed in Friday’s game) We were in sync; we’ve been killing ourselves with a lot of penalties lately. False starts, things that happen before the play even gets off. We cut those things down, we were on time, we were in rhythm, we kept the quarterback upright for the most part, the receivers we got open did a great job in protection, the running backs ran the ball very well, Turbo [Robert Turbin] had a big game. Like I said, we were just on schedule for the most part.
(On Russell Wilson’s accuracy) I think Russell [Wilson], since I’ve been watching him and even before I got here he’s been a pretty accurate quarterback for the most part. I think this year, in talking to him; he wanted to hit us before we came out of our breaks because we have so much separation with our speed. Getting it to us before our breaks and letting us run with it, getting a lot of YAC [yards after catch] yards is important for this offense. It’s built for the run after the catch.
(On how much opponents pay attention to him when on the field) I don’t worry about that. I just worry about doing my job to the best of my ability, making sure I’m lined up correctly. We feel like we have a lot of playmakers on this team so each of us just concentrates on doing our job and we just let quarterback sit back there and pick his poison.
(On continued success of the defensive secondary) Definitely. We call those guys the best in the league and rightfully so. As an offense and as a receiver, going against those guys every day is only making us better. Being that if we can get separation and get open versus them we feel like there’s no team that will have three, four, even five DBs [defensive backs] that can match our receivers. We feel vice versa, we feel like we give them a lot of good work too so it goes both ways.
(On emphasis as a receiver versus running back/receiver hybrid) It really doesn’t matter to me I just do whatever they call me to do. I really haven’t talked to coach specifically about that. I’ve just been out here grinding and trying to perfect anything they ask me to do.
(On diversity of route running) It’s kind of similar to my rookie year when we had coach Bevell over there I ran a lot of seam routes, things like that so it’s nothing I haven’t done before I’m just getting back to doing it again. I don’t think it’s more or less than anything I haven’t done.
(On importance of staying healthy during training camp) Absolutely. We had to go back and forth on it a couple times because those guys really wanted me to get my rest and make sure the hip was going. The first two or three days I felt that I was in a rhythm and I told them I wanted to stay in rhythm and start putting my practices back to back. I was recovering with no problem and as I kept going, the legs just kept getting fresher and fresher. Right now I’m feeling very very good at where I’m at right now and I’m looking forward to the season.
(On how much faster he is) I don’t know how much, but I definitely feel a lot better. I’ve got a lot more motion then I’m used to having, I can do a lot more cuts just a lot of different motions that I wasn’t able to do before.
(On last time he felt this healthy) Maybe before college. Just all my injuries I’ve had, a couple extra years or an extra year from last year let everything just heal up help that much more. I think the biggest thing with me was my hip it was controlling a lot of the hamstrings, knee problems and things like that. My legs are just feeling how they are supposed to feel, it’s very fluent, very smooth, it’s all good.
(On being excited about this year) Definitely, this offense has been putting in a lot of work since OTA’s. Like I’ve said before, we pretty much know what our defense is going to do now unless something mysteriously happens. We know those guys are going to be able to stop people and get our offense on the field. Our inferences on offense is just stay on time, keep the quarterback upright, and let our speed and beast mode do what he do.
(On personal contribution) I don’t set goals or personal things. I just want to be in the mix, working hard and that’s all I worry about. As long as I’m in there practicing and working hard everything else will take care of itself.
(On reuniting with Coach Bevell as coordinator) It was big for me. Especially my rookie year, a lot of the runs, a lot of the things we talked about as far as the seam routes; I was able to get back to them. Just running routes wise, a lot of things we talked about my rookie year and even my second year; I was able to get back to them and he’s real familiar with it. When he’s been putting up plays he knows exactly what I’m going to do and I know exactly what he’s talking about so it’s been a great relationship.
(On when chemistry came with Russell Wilson) Towards the end of the OTA’s and coming into camp. I told coach I felt that I was getting into so much of a rhythm, that I didn’t want to take days off and try to get back into the mix. I just want to stay in the mix and things are coming to me real fast right now and I’m pick it up and I’m picking up the feel real good.
(On speed ability) I won’t take credit for that. I give that to the man upstairs, I’ve been blessed with tremendous ability and I just add my work ethic to that.
(On when you learn to use speed better) My 4th year when (Randy) Moss came over. He told me how to judge my speed a little better. A lot of people you’ll see falling out of routes, just not knowing how to judge the speed, not knowing how to turn it on and turn it off. So I think that’s the biggest thing I try to focus on is coming in and out of my routes under control, knowing how to use my speed, but staying balance and on course.
(On fly sweep play) It’s just a fast play trying to get to the edge. If the DE or the OLB doesn’t pay attention then you know I’ll be out of the back gate. If they over-pursue too much, then you got to worry about beast mode coming through the middle so it’s a great play for us.