Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times wrote Sunday about the competition that will take place in camp for the right to be the Seahawks' punt returner. Safety Earl Thomas was the front-runner at the end of mini-camp, according to head coach head coach Pete Carroll. Condotta brings up a handful of names who may become the main punt returner or take part in a committee. One of those names is wide receiver Percy Harvin , but besides never having returned a punt as a pro, he's already busy with another job on special teams: He is already slated to be the Seahawks' kick returner, according to Condotta.
Harvin has an impressive history as a kick returner. Prior to missing almost all of the 2013 season, Harvin had returned a kickoff for a touchdown in four consecutive years. He led the league in yards per kickoff return in 2011 and 2012.
But ... is this a smart way to utilize a player working on the second year of a $67 million contract with a fully-guaranteed $11 million salary in 2014? Moreover, do the Seahawks really want to heighten Harvin's injury risk after what he went through last year with his hip and a postseason concussion? I know injuries sometimes crop up through dumb luck, but it would be dumb for the Seahawks to not realize how injury-prone Harvin has been over the past two years. With Golden Tate gone, he has even more importance to their passing offense. He is still tremendously fast, and it's easy to understand a coach's desire to get as much as he can out of a difference-making player. Yet much like with Darren McFadden, this feels like the impetus of something bad waiting to happen.
Harvin is a high-risk WR2 in fantasy. And I can't call him high risk/high reward, because there haven't been many rewards for receivers in Seattle's offense lately. No team has thrown fewer passes than the Seahawks since the beginning of 2012. That's not going to change, especially after a Super Bowl victory.