Tag:Percy Harvin
Posted on: September 14, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

The NYJ provided us with the biggest letdown of the week (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


We all heard the hype before the first week of games was complete. We heard the boasts and the proclamations and the Super Bowl aspirations in the offseason and in training camp. Yet, this past weekend, we found out that some who had so much confidence perhaps shouldn’t have been so forthright about their thoughts.

Sure, some of us – many of us – bought into so much of the hype. And now we know better. Without further ado, here’s the top-ten list with a twist entering the second week of games.

Top 10 Biggest Letdowns After So Much Offseason Buildup

10. Kevin Kolb: It’s not really fair to completely dismiss the Eagles starting QB after he played just one bad half of football (that, unfortunately for him, came with a side of concussion). But after so much discussion about how Philadelphia made the right move by trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins – who naturally won with McNabb on Sunday night – and giving the job to Kolb, this move fell flat with his 5-for-10, 24-yard performance. Now, there’s another quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

9. Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian: I was on the bandwagon with the Vikings receiving corps, even after Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery that’s supposed to keep him out half the season. I had called Minnesota’s receivers one of the best units in the league. I might have been wrong about that – or, at the very least, underestimated the impact of Rice’s absence. Harvin and Berrian combined for two catches for 15 yards Thursday. That’s two freakin’ catches for 15 freakin’ yards.

8. Jake Delhomme:
Many of us figured Delhomme was nearing the end of his career – he was going to CLEVELAND after all – but he certainly had to be considered an upgrade over the awful Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combination from last year. And besides, he couldn’t possibly be as bad as his last year in Carolina (eight touchdowns, 18 interceptions), right? Well, he might just be that bad. For a veteran QB, he made a terrible throw that was picked near the end of the first half that killed any momentum the Browns had when they led 14-3. Delhomme still is an upgrade from last year, but man oh man, he needs to play smarter.

Stafford 7. Matthew Stafford: Is it possible the 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback is brittle? Last year, he suffered a shoulder injury, though he showed huge guts by returning against the Browns to throw a game-winning TD pass (if you’ve got 6:27 to kill, check out Stafford’s killer Mic’d Up segment from that game – it’s cool as hell). On Sunday, he apparently suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right (throwing) shoulder that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. Considering how poor backup Shaun Hill played, some of that preseason Lions optimism has leaked away.

6. 49ers:
They were supposed to win what should be a very weak NFC West. And then they get blown out by a Seahawks team that shouldn’t have played as well as it did. But you know, coach Mike Singletary said Monday he was excited about QB Alex Smith, so that has to be comforting/horrifying to San Francisco’s fans. Perhaps the 49ers are vastly overrated. Or perhaps Seattle RB Leon Washington was inspired by our Five Questions (Or More) segment we did last week.

5. Terrell Owens:
Was he upset, already acting like a diva? Were his shoes bothering him? Was he getting himself checked out by a team doctor? These are the theories that have been bandied about since Owens, along with teammate Chad Ochocinco, left the field before the Bengals attempted a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Any which way, Owens didn’t endear himself to Cincinnati fans after a smooth preseason. He had seven catches for 53 yards, but he certainly wasn’t the dominant force he and Ochocinco predicted he could be. Lucky Cincinnati got him cheap.

4. Bob Sanders: Sanders had been annoyed this preseason about all the questions he’s faced about his durability, and he was excited to be fully healthy for the start of the season. But he's torn a biceps tendon and could be out for the season. Again, his durability will take a huge hit, and once again, the Colts will have to find a way to win without him – something they couldn’t do against the Texans.

3. Concussions in Philly: remember all the talk about how the NFL was really serious – no, no, really, really SERIOUS – about concussions and keeping players from returning to the field too soon after a brain injury? Yeah, neither does the person(s) who somehow thought it was OK for Eagles LB Stewart Bradley and QB Kevin Kolb to return to the game after suffering concussions. Coach Andy Reid explained it like this: “They were fine. All of the questions that they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren’t feeling well, so we took them out.” Yep, Bradley really looked fine after stumbling around the field like Trevor Berbick after facing Mike Tyson. That’s a scary, disturbing scene.



2. Tim Tebow: Two measly carries for two measly yards. That was Tebow’s stat line from Denver’s loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Of course, he is a backup QB playing his first NFL game, so we shouldn’t expect the moon from Tebow (I could echo those sentiments for the rest of the season, in fact). But for the amount of hype we got, doubly so because Tebow was opening his career in his hometown, it wasn’t much of a payoff. Unless you like your hype short-lived and ineffective.

1. Jets: I knew that if I kept talking about the possibility of the Jets winning the Super Bowl, they’d make me look like an idiot. And so they have. Still, there’s little doubt that with a defense like that, New York could (should?) make a run in the playoffs (though losing NT Kris Jenkins for the season with an ACL tear could complicate those plans). The problem, of course, is the offense. QB Mark Sanchez went 10 for 21 for 74 yards, and starting RB Shonn Greene had five carries for 18 yards (plus a tough time holding onto the ball). With an offense that plays that poorly, the Jets have no chance for the Super Bowl. And maybe not even the playoffs. 

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Three thoughts about NO-MIN

B. Favre and the Minnesota passing offense had a rough game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

My take on Thursday’s Saints 14-9 win against the Vikings.

1. I loved the “We are one” salute at the beginning of the game, signifying the players’ solidarity with each other as they enter the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Some people didn’t like it – they thought it was too showy or too much of a flick-our-noses-at-the-owners kind of moment (and I’ve seen a joke or two on Twitter about how the owners should show solidarity by turning off the lights for a minute)  – but I thought the move was pretty damn cool.

"Even though five minutes from then we were going to go out and bash each others' heads in," QB Drew Brees told reporters after the game, "we're all one voice."

2. Jeez, how much did the Vikings miss WR Sidney Rice last night? More importantly, how much will they miss him until he can return from hip surgery? Percy Harvin was mostly invisible (one catch, 12 yards), and Bernard Berrian was, somehow, worse (one catch, three yards), and aside from TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota’s passing game was terribly unimpressive. Greg Camarillo made a nice catch, and even Greg Lewis recorded a reception. But originally, I thought Harvin and Berrian would be OK until Rice returned. I might have been totally wrong. And if Shiancoe is the only receiving threat – he was Thursday, at least – and the Saints figured out a way to shut him down in the second half, it’s not far-fetched to think other teams will do the same.
P. Thomas had a big second half for New Orleans (AP).
You also have to wonder about Brett Favre. Not just that he might be too old (finally), but that his decision to miss most of training camp cost his team dearly. As Camarillo said after the game, the offense had no chemistry. A couple extra weeks of practicing together might have helped solve that.

3. The Saints ran the ball just three times in the first half, but the coaching staff switched gears in the second half and made a point of giving the ball to Pierre Thomas. He rushed 19 times for 71 yards, and he helped New Orleans eat up huge chunks of time in the fourth quarter to keep the Vikings at bay. The big run came with 1:59 to go when, on a second and six, Thomas broke a Ben Leber tackle (which would have stopped him behind the first-down marker) and made the first down to seal Minnesota’s fate.

Of course, much of the credit must go to New Orleans interior linemen. Guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks were outstanding against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:16 am
 

Harvin has sleep apnea; could cause migraines

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’ll have plenty more on last night’s Saints-Vikings game a little bit later, but one interesting report to come out of the contest had nothing to do with what was actually happening on the field – namely, what’s going on with Minnesota WR Percy Harvin and his migraine headaches.

According to NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer, Harvin suffers from sleep apnea and he said doctors told him that condition might be the cause of those debilitating headaches. Oh, and Harvin told her his heart stopped beating for 10 seconds after he collapsed on the practice field in August.

After he was released from the hospital, Harvin endured a sleep study (from personal experience, let me tell you: those things are absolutely brutal), and after falling asleep, the medical personnel told him his heart stopped beating eight times. That led to the diagnosis of the sleep apnea. Now, according to Kremer, he sleeps “with a device that pumps air into his nose to regulate his breathing. He brought it on the road with him and says he slept with it last night.”

Harvin also told Kremer that he’s not taking medication any more. Harvin said it was that medication that caused his collapse at practice, so that’s a significant adjustment.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:15 am
 

Hot Routes 9.6.10: Shaking off the Revis hangover

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I hope you were awake late last night to catch the Darrelle Revis saga unfold. I was heading to bed about 12:45 a.m. when I happened to check Twitter one last time. And then all hell broke less. Just because you probably were asleep, here’s what Clark Judge wrote about why the Jets organization was at fault here and here’s what I tapped out about how the organization now truly is a Super Bowl contender.

- This video might get lost in the shuffle today, but credit former Cowboys star and Hall of Famer Dan Hampton for creating some kick-ass analogies. Unfortunately, they’re entirely inappropriate. In doing analysis for Pro Football Weekly’s TV show, he said the Cowboys “think they’re Clint Eastwood. They’re more the Brokeback variety, if you know what I’m talking about.” Then, he said the Vikings “need to go down and hit (New Orleans) harder than Katrina.” All you can say is “Wow.” And “ugh.”

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman’s sprained thumb has progressed to the point where he can take snaps from center Jeff Faine. He reported no pain while taking the full-speed snap. That’s obviously great news for the Bucs.

- Vikings coach Brad Childress is a little tired of talking about the Vikings backup QB situation. He referred to the constant questioning as discussing, in great detail, Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s backup. It’s not at all the same thing, but whatever.

- Vikings receiver (and migraine sufferer) Percy Harvin declared Sunday that he’s ready to play some football. He also expressed confidence in the plan he’s on that will help him deal with those debilitating migraines.

- The Dallas Morning News asks if 13-year veteran Keith Brooking still has it. Apparently, he does. Said Brooking: "I still have it. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to bring it to the surface, but I feel really good."

- Tramaine Brock entered 49ers camp as a safety after earning a signing bonus of $250. Until one day he looked at the Internet and - discovered San Francisco had him listed as cornerback. The rookie free agent longshot made the 53-man squad this weekend (as a cornerback, of course) – not bad for a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Bellhaven (Bellhaven?!?) standout.

- One last one: Pro Football Talk writes FB Tony Richardson, cut by the Jets on Sunday, could be back with the team as early as today.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:48 pm
 

Harvin might have found a solution

P. Harvin might have found the solution to his migraine headache problems (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’ve been asked over and over again about Minnesota WR Percy Harvin and about what can be done about his migraines. My standard answer: I don’t know. I’m not sure anything can be done.

Well, apparently, Harvin doesn’t share my point of view.

He told 1500ESPN.com after the Vikings preseason game Saturday that doctors might have found the cause of his headache problems.

"They found some things that we think is the main cause of it,” he said. “We're all feeling really confident. I know we said that a couple times, but I think this time we found what the main cause was. I'm not saying I won't ever get a headache again, but hopefully, we can slow it down a little bit."

That’s great news for Harvin and the Vikings. It’s been a rough month for Harvin, whose grandmother died, then suffered from those migraines and then collapsed while watching practice Aug. 19 and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Harvin didn’t expand on what the actual diagnosis is – though it’s thought a bad reaction to some medicine could be the culprit – but he said it wasn’t life-threatening.

“It's something that we need to work on, and we will,” he said.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 28, 2010 8:20 pm
 

Harvin playing, making impact

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Minnesota Vikings are making their home debut tonight against the Seattle Seahawks. Not only is Brett Favre on the field (looks like he’s still coming back this season after all), but so is wide receiver Percy Harvin.

The second-year sensation has barely practiced the past several weeks, thanks to the death of his grandmother in July and severe migraines. Unofficially, Harvin made it through only two practices during Vikings training camp.

Harvin had a 34-yard catch-and-run on Minnesota’s opening drive. It led to no points, however, as, just a few plays later, Favre fumbled while being sacked by Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Breaking down Camarillo for Sapp

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reasons Minnesota traded for Miami WR Greg Camarillo are pretty evident. As we’ve talked about the past few days, Sidney Rice is most likely going to be out for the first half of the year – there’s even some talk about placing him on the Injured Reserve list, meaning he wouldn’t play at all – and the Vikings needed another WR to complement Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian.

That, of course, assumes Harvin and his migraine headaches will be OK to play.

Now with Camarillo, the Vikings have a possession receiver who should beat out Greg Lewis for the starting job. Camarillo is a good blocker who rarely drops a pass (Football Outsiders says he didn’t drop a pass in 73 attempts last season), and two seasons ago, he led Miami in receptions.

Though he’s been termed a South Florida hero – he caught a game-winning 64-yard TD pass in 2008 that gave Miami its only victory of the season – depth isn’t a problem in the Dolphins receiving room. Without Camarillo, Brian Hartline will take over his WR duties, and Patrick Turner will have a better shot at making the team.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins need help with the depth in their secondary. As Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins points out, the Dolphins were beat for big plays in their first two preseason games, and coach Tony Sparano said that aspect of their game needed to improve.

Plus, three of the four starting defensive backs (CBs Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and FS Chris Clemons) are second-year players, so the fact Sapp has playoff experience and can provide some veteran leadership is a big positive. Sapp, though nothing better than a nickel CB, will provide some of that. Plus, the fact Will Allen isn’t back yet also is a reason for Miami’s coaching staff to worry.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Vikings send Sapp to Miami for Camarillo

G. Camarillo was traded from Miami to Minnesota today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like the Vikings weren’t tempted to stand pat after losing WR Sidney Rice for at least half the season to hip surgery. Instead, they’ve made a bold move today.

According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have traded WR Greg Camarillo to Minnesota.

In the past two years, the possession receiver has started all 27 games he’s played and he’s combined for 105 catches and two touchdowns. Without Rice and potentially Percy Harvin (migraines) around for the time being, Camarillo instantly becomes the second best receiver on the team, behind Bernard Berrian.

"Mixed emotions,” Camarillo texted to Darlington. “Great opportunity, but this is home. These teammates are my brothers."

Check back here for details as they become available.

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Benny Sapp's agent, Andy Simms, confirms on his Twitter page that Sapp is the one who will be sent to Miami in exchange for Camarillo.

UPDATE (1:54 p.m.): According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Harvin returned to practice today for the first time since collapsing and spending the night in the hospital.

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