A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 6.
In a preview of how the Vikings might utilize him moving forward, Harvin caught three passes for 21 yards, rushed twice for 18 yards and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a game-changing touchdown to open the second half.
Harvin said that coaches approached him last week about their plan to diversify his contributions, motivated in part by a lack of production behind tailback Adrian Peterson. He gained 11 yards to convert a second-and-10 on one rush, and on the other, he went 7 yards on second-and-8.
"I was able to take the push off AP and give him some breaks," Harvin said. "It worked out pretty good, so hopefully we'll see more of it."
The Vikings haven't had much luck replacing backup tailback Chester Taylor. Toby Gerhart and Albert Young have combined for 35 yards on 13 carries this season. There has been some discussion about adding punt return duties to Harvin's task list, but you wonder if he'll emerge as their primary change-of-pace behind Peterson in the backfield as well.