Sunday, November 10, 2013
Seattle WRs look good without Harvin
By Terry Blount
ATLANTA -- Wouldn’t you know it. Just when it looks like receiver Percy Harvin is ready to make his debut, the Seattle Seahawks' receiving corps looks like it doesn’t need him.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter learned Sunday that Harvin likely will play for the first time this season next weekend against his former teammates, the Minnesota Vikings.
Harvin is one of the most dynamic receivers in football, but the Seahawks' receivers had a spectacular first half at Atlanta on Sunday. Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse each had touchdown catches in the opening half as Seattle built a 23-3 lead. And Doug Baldwin caught four passes in the first half for 49 yards.
Tate’s catch near the end of the half was one of the best of the season, a one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone when he managed to get both feet down inbounds. Tate also had a 32-yard reception in the first quarter, and 46-yard catch-and-run on a receiver screen in the second quarter.
Kearse, who is starting in place of Sidney Rice (out for the season with a torn ACL) also had a one-handed catch in the second quarter on a back-shoulder throw by Russell Wilson.
Atlanta rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant had Kearse covered well, but Kearse reached back and held the ball against his chest as he fell backwards on the turf for a 23-yard gain to the Atlanta 29 on a third-and-3.
Kearse also outmuscled Atlanta defensive back Thomas DeCoud in the end zone for a 43-yard TD catch on a rare gadget play by the Seahawks. The play started as a handoff to Marshawn Lynch, who threw it backwards to Wilson before Wilson launched the long throw to Kearse.
So finally getting Harvin on the field will be great for Seattle, but the Seahawks’ receivers showed everyone Sunday that they are pretty good without him.