Tag:Percy Harvin
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:33 pm
 

Report: Harvin in 'heated argument' with Chilly

Posted by Will Brinson

Percy Harvin missed Wednesday and Thursday practice and threatened to leave the Vikings with Hank Baskett as their primary receiving weapon against the Cardinals on Sunday (well, at least in Brad Childress' mind anyway).

He came back to practice Friday, but according to a report from Judd Zulgad of the Star-Tribune, Childress and Harvin ended up getting in a "heated argument" after Chilly "questioned Harvin's effort in practice."

Harvin was upset with Randy Moss' recent departure from Minnesota and it's a safe assumption that there's some sort of underlying feelings here: Childress reportedly almost lost his job because of the Moss deal and the possibility that he'd lost the locker room.

Harvin didn't help things by taking his emotions public and now -- surprise, surprise -- things are mildly tense in Minnesota with the team.

The only good news in all of this is that winning solves most problems. But that's easier said than done for the Vikings these days.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Playmakers finding tough time getting on field

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of injury updates for players who mean a great deal to their respective teams.

1) It’s looking less and less likely that Vikings WR Percy Harvin’s ankle will allow him to play this weekend.

Harvin According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harvin isn’t making much progress in the rehab process, and he’s missed the past two days of practice.

Harvin is the team's leading receiver with 31 catches for 393 yards, and if he’s out, Minnesota is left with TE Visanthe Shiancoe, RB Adrian Peterson out of the backfield and a host of receivers who haven’t yet hit double-digits in receptions this year.

But it’s not a big deal, because the team still has a really good down-field threat in Randy Mo … oh, never mind.

2) Cardinals RB Beanie Wells’ knee is acting up, because of a bad reaction to a medicine that provides lubrication to joints (um, OK. Let’s try that again. The medicine is supposed to make his knee feel better). Instead, the medication has made his knee swell.

He hasn’t fully participated in practice the past few days, but Wells says the knee is feeling better. He’s hopeful about practicing Friday.

Wells "Very, very seldom do you have a reaction like he did," coach Ken Whisenhunt said in quotes captured by the Arizona Republic. "So there is really nothing wrong with his knee. It's just about getting the swelling out."

Perhaps there’s a good medicine they can inject directly into his knee and that will help ge … oh, never mind.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:58 am
 

Hot Routes 10.12.10: Gloria Allred comments



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- In case you missed last night’s press conference featuring Brett Favre, there were a handful of questions relating to the texting/sexual harassment scandal in which he’s currently found himself. Like a matador, Favre deftly avoided all the inquiries and dealt with football questions only. Hell, at one point, he was practically begging for reporters to ask about his TD throw to Randy Moss.

- Jets WR Santonio Holmes looked rusty and inconsistent in his first game back following a four-game suspension to start the season.

- Darrelle Revis’s hamstring was sore and swollen after the game, and while watching him try to cover Percy Harvin on his 34-yard TD catch Monday night, you can tell he’s still not 100 percent. Revis said he’s not sure if he’ll play next week.

- At this point, it’s pretty safe to call Jets RBs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson (or is that LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene?) the best duo in the NFL.

- Tom Brady spoke on the radio this morning, and he addressed the hair vs. beard kerfuffle between he and Randy Moss (he said there was no conflict) and how happy he is to have Deion Branch back (he’s very happy).

- The Dolphins have to prepare for two Green Bay quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion Sunday and might not play, and backup Matt Flynn.

- Meanwhile, Miami really is thinking hard about Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. The Dolphins walked into their locker room Monday, and inside each of their stalls was a picture of Matthews.

- The Ravens are second in the league in pass defense, allowing only 156.6 yards per game. But you know what’s strange about that stat? None of the defensive backs have an interception this year.

- Not surprisingly, QB Alex Smith will start San Francisco’s game against the Raiders. How quickly this time around will the crowd chant for his backup?

-Despite the dropped TD pass that would have given Kansas City a 13-9 lead against the Colts on Sunday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley defended WR Dwayne Bowe. It’s not like this is Bowe’s first time dropping a ball, though.

- I’ll leave you with this. The first thing I thought about when I saw this headline in the New York Daily News, “Jenn Sterger could take money from Brett Favre to keep quiet, attorney Gloria Allred says,” was last week’s cold opener from Saturday Night Live. Video is below.



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Posted on: October 11, 2010 10:09 pm
 

First Vikes pass? Moss to Favre, of course

Posted by Will Brinson

If you predicted that the first pass thrown by the Vikings would involve Brett Favre and Randy Moss, well, congrats, Captain Obvious.

However, if you predicted that the first pass thrown by the Vikes would be FROM Randy Moss to Brett Favre, you should probably quit whatever you're doing right now and buy a bunch of lottery tickets. Either that or just admit you're lying.

Regardless of your dirty little fibbing problem, the play below is pretty nuts. Basically, the Vikings decided to open up Moss' return a reverse end-around handoff that went from Percy Harvin to No. 84. However, when Moss got around to the other side of the field, things were closed off and he tossed a pass to Favre who was open about 10 yards down the field.

Unfortunately, as we all know, Favre's not eligible after taking the snap from under center, and the Vikings got penalized, one of their three on the first drive. Still, it's a fun video to watch, via Michael Tunison at SBNation.

Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:21 pm
 

What will happen to Berrian?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One storyline lost in the Randy-Moss-to-the-Vikings trade was what will become of Minnesota’s Bernard Berrian. Even before the Moss trade, Berrian had been nearly invisible on the field, catching only five passes for 38 yards this season.

Now, that Moss will suit up for Minnesota, what happens to Berrian? Well, it seems obvious to say that his snaps probably will be cut. When the Vikings go to a two-receiver set, it won’t be Berrian and Percy Harvin any more. Now, it’ll be Harvin and Moss.

He was short with the media this week, but then, having something to say (or because he felt bad about his earlier snubs), he made a visit to the media room Friday. Asked if he was happy, Berrian said, “Good question.”

"Anytime a player's reps get cut or anything of that nature happens, a player's never going to be happy," Berrian told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "My attitude has to change."

Berrian did say he felt limited by his pre-Moss role, mostly running deep routes to make up for the loss of the field-stretching Sidney Rice. He said he wouldn’t mind seeing more slants and screens.

"I feel like I'm the same guy," said Berrian, who caught 71 passes for 951 yards in 2007. "But, I mean, the production hasn't been there, so it's kind of hard to say that."

The good news, though, is that now Moss is in town, Berrian will have plenty more time to help Chad Ochocinco on whatever joke of a reality show the Bengals WR is engaging in this month.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:16 am
 

How Moss trade will affect New England

With R. Moss gone, look for B. Tate to get more attention from opponents (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some of you were introduced to Patriots WR Brandon Tate on Monday Night Football when he used his immense speed to burn the Dolphins special teams and return the second-half kickoff for a 103-yard TD. Well, if you liked what you saw, get ready. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Tate now that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings.

You might not believe this, but with his nine catches, Moss ranked fourth on his team in receptions. As the season wore on, Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t target Moss quite as much and elected to throw the ball to Wes Welker, TE Aaron Hernandez and Tate.

On the surface, it seems like Welker will be the most affected by the Moss trade. In the same way Minnesota’s Percy Harvin will benefit in the slot when Moss – and the stretching-the-field ability he brings to each snap – is on the field, Welker loses perhaps the best deep threat in the game. The Patriots obviously hope Tate can grow into that role. This also might provide a good opportunity to see what third-round pick Taylor Price, who's been inactive for all four games this year, can do on the field.

You also have to wonder if Moss had become a distraction (no, not Randy Moss!). He bitched about his contract after the Patriots beat Atlanta in the season-opener, and according to a few reports, Moss was lazy in his blocking (what, Moss lazy in his blocking?!?) during the Miami game in which Brady targeted Moss just once.

Unless we’re talking about addition by subtraction, this move doesn’t do much to help the 2010 version of the Patriots. I’ve already mentioned how Minnesota feels the need to win the Super Bowl this year, and I imagine New England also wouldn’t mind hoisting the trophy at the end of the season. But does trading Moss away get the Patriots any closer to that goal?

I don’t think that it does.

The defense has been unimpressive – it ranks 28th in the NFL - and until the Patriots special teams began to dominate the Dolphins, New England struggled to score points on offense (I realize the Patriots, at this point, are the No. 1 NFL team in points scored, but they also rank 11th in total yards per game).

Plus, the wide receiving corps is simply not as good as it was yesterday.

But think about this. The Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Those years, the top WRs were players like Troy Brown, David Patten, Deion Branch, and David Givens. Solid guys, but nobody extra special. Nobody like Moss.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:20 am
 

How Moss trade will affect Minnesota

P. Harvin will get more help when R. Moss joins Minnesota this week (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If this wasn’t the surest indication that the Vikings want to win the Super Bowl RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND, today’s trade for Randy Moss – without a new contract deal in place mind you, meaning Minnesota could have traded its third-round pick in 2011 (and maybe more, say some reports) for a 13-game rental – is the latest confirmation.

Of course, you could have said the same thing each time coach Brad Childress – or any of his players – flew to Minnesota basically to beg Favre to return for his 20th season.

But the fact Moss will be in a Vikings uniform, that will certainly help a Vikings offense that ranks 24th in the NFL in the passing game (and 16th in offense overall).

Even with Favre returning, the Minnesota pass game has been very unimpressive. Sidney Rice, Favre’s favorite target last year when Favre had one of the best seasons of his career, is out until at least midway through the season (and maybe longer) while recovering from hip surgery.

Percy Harvin – who’s struggled with migraine headaches all season – hasn’t done much, and Bernard Berrian has been even worse. In all, the only receiver Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Plus, Favre is playing like a 40-year-old man.

But because Moss can stretch the field vertically – similar to what Rice can do – that should help Harvin in running his underneath routes.

A deep threat in Moss also should serve to help the running game and Adrian Peterson. The running game has been good so far – it ranks fifth in the league – but with Moss on the field, the opposing safeties will have to worry about him and Peterson, and since they can’t play the pass and play the rush at the same time, that only will help Minnesota’s offense.

One unknown in this scenario is whether the Vikings can give Moss the contract extension he wants – some reports say he wants as much as $10 million a season. But since it seems they’re going for it all right now, that might not matter. It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Vikings, and Moss' performance and attitude could make or break that movement.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:23 am
 

Moss deal is complete

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Randy Moss trade is done.

First reported about 8:50 a.m. by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Randy Moss trade from New England to Minnesota is official. The Patriots compensation will be the Vikings third-round pick in the 2011 Draft, and Moss will head to Minnesota without a new contract in place.

Much more to come. Come back to the blog early and often for all your Moss-centric info.

UPDATE (9:18 a.m.):
This has been a weird year for Randy Moss – and for the reporters who have to follow the Randy Moss saga.

After making five catches for 59 yards in Week 1 against Cincinnati, Moss walked into his postgame news conference and let loose – a rarity for Moss when he’s dealing with reporters. He said he wanted a new contract, and considering he’s in the final year of his deal, he was disappointed he hadn’t received one yet. He said he was making an issue of it at that point, because he wanted to get it off his chest.

He said he wanted to retire a Patriot, but he also predicted that 2010 would be his last season in New England. After a nice win, Moss’ presser seemed a touch inappropriate.

No matter.

After the NFL world was reminded before New England’s game vs. the Jets in Week 2 that New York CB Darrelle Revis had called Moss a slouch, Moss only had two catches for 38 yards. Of course, one of those receptions was a brilliant one-handed grab that beat Revis for a TD (it’s worth noting that we haven’t seen Revis in a game since).

The weirdness came to a climax Monday when Moss didn’t record a single catch in New England’s Monday Night blowout of the Dolphins – he was targeted just once. After the game, he said his zero-catch night was part of the gameplan. That also seemed odd.

Two days later, Moss is headed back to the team which drafted him 1998 to play with Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.

Oh, and there’s this: the strangeness will continue Monday night when Moss faces the Jets for the second time in three weeks and will continue on Halloween when Moss and the Vikings travel to … yep, you guessed it … New England.

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