Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner on Percy Harvin: ‘We know he’s gonna have an extra chip on his shoulder’
The Seahawks and wide receiver Percy Harvin didn’t end on the best of terms, but linebacker Bobby Wagner says he and Harvin’s other former teammates are excited for his return and expect him to play with fire.
“It’s gonna be fun,” Wagner told John Clayton on Tuesday, shortly after news broke that Harvin was coming out of retirement to sign with the Bills. “Shoot, he used to play here so I’m pretty sure he’s gonna have hunger to play us and want-to to have a great game, especially on Monday Night against us.”
Harvin, a member of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl-winning squad in 2013, signed a one-year contract with Buffalo on Tuesday. He spent the past six months rehabbing numerous injuries and reinforces the Bills’ depleted receiving corps that is missing its top threat, Sammy Watkins. Robert Woods, the team’s No. 2 receiver, is playing despite a foot injury and a concussion may keep Marquise Goodwin out of Monday night’s game in Seattle. That might put Harvin in line for some playing time – if he is ready to play.
“We’ll see. I think I could,” Harvin told the Associated Press when asked if he might be available for the game.
As Danny O’Neil wrote, Harvin has proven to be as difficult to manage as he is talented. He had multiple run-ins with teammates during his season and a half in Seattle, including fights with Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks made a surprising mid-season trade in 2014, sending Harvin to the Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick. He hasn’t played against Seattle since.
“We look forward to the challenge, look forward to playing him, looking forward to seeing him again,” Wagner said. “We know he’s gonna have an extra chip on his shoulder and we gonna be ready for him.”
Other highlights from the interview:
On the Patriots trading Pro Bowl LB Jaime Collins to Cleveland. “I was surprised. I woke up and I looked at my phone and I thought it was a mistake. I thought I was reading something wrong. I feel like that’s one of their better defense players on that team, and for them to trade him away just like that for essentially nothing, you’re kind of feel like, man, there had to have been something going on because there is no other reason that they would trade away somebody of that caliber. A player who is able to blitz, able to cover, able to make interceptions, make tackles. You look at it and it’s like, OK, there has to be more to it. I’m pretty sure it will probably come out later, but, my personal opinion, I’m like, there has to be more to that for them to just do away with a guy like that.”
On teammate K.J. Wright’s sterling coverage ability: “K.J.’s covering ability is off the charts. That’s kind of the reason you don’t see us run dime too much. We never really run dime because we feel K.J. can cover anybody, whether it’s the tight end, whether it’s the running back, whether it’s, really, you name it. The way that he’s grown coverage-wise has been amazing but it doesn’t take away anything from his ability to stop the run, ability to be in the backfield, ability to make plays. If you watch the film, he’s been flying around and making a lot of plays in the backfield, a lot of plays downfield. They try to run wheel routes on him and he’s constantly knocking them down. The way he’s evolved, it definitely feels like he’s the best cover linebacker in the league and definitely allowing us to play so great.”