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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Mankato, MN - When Percy Harvin entered the league in 2009, he joined a Vikings team that went 12-4 during the regular season and had their bags halfway packed to a Superbowl. The offense threw for 4,156 yards and Percy Harvin earned Rookie of the Year honors by catching 60 receptions and scoring 8 touchdowns.
Last season the Vikings barely won three games. Finishing with a 3-13 record, the Vikings passing attack was ranked 28th in the league, but Percy had his best statistical season as a pro.
Heading into the 2012 season with a revamped aerial attack, you would think that Harvin would have set some lofty goals to be chasing as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. Not the case. Wednesday morning, Percy told us that his only goal for 2012 was to "be better than 3-13."
"I have no personal goals," Percy said after morning walkthrough. "I just want to win more games than three, get into the playoffs and see where we can go."
These sort of team goals may seem like an about face for a receiver that just as recently as June was rumored to have requested a trade away from the Minnesota Vikings. Whatever the reasoning behind Percy's issues during Mini Camp, Harvin has been a model citizen so far at Training Camp and seems to be buying into what offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and head coach Leslie Frazier are selling.
"I love the direction we're going right now," Percy said. "I think our quarterbacks are making the right reads and are making them a lot quicker. We're being precise in our routes and just overall, the offense knows the plays way better than we did last year. Instead of putting in [a new] offense, we're just repping and adding wrinkles to things that we already know."
Percy eluded to two factors that have kept him optimistic when it comes to the Vikings offense.
Firstly, 2012 marks the second year running Bill Musgrave's offense, but is also the first year that they team has had a full off season program to install. Remember, the 2011 season lacked OTAs, mini camps and even cut training camp short. This was a recipe for disaster for a young offense trying to install a new system.
"I don't think we ever really got in a rhythm [last year]," Percy added. "We switched quarterbacks so much that Christian didn't really get the camp that he's getting this year as the starting quarterback. I just think this year everybody's settled into the offense. I like the direction our team's headed."
Secondly, and partially related, Percy sees a new air of confidence about Christian Ponder that has Harvin and the receivers excited for what's to come.
"[One of the biggest changes in Christian is] just him having confidence in us," Harvin said. "Throwing the ball way before we get out of our breaks. Sometimes you may see the ball hit us in our faces because we wasn't quite used to him throwing before we get out of our breaks. As a receiver, that's what you want."
Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins are two veteran wide receivers that will likely be joined by some combination of Devin Aromashodu, Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Stephen Burton to start the season (Jerome Simpson will likely lock up a spot after serving his 3-game suspension to open the season).
With one of the easier schedules out of the gates, Harvin and the Vikings are hoping they accomplish their goal of winning more than three games early in the season. That would leave them with more room to work towards accomplishing their second goal...making the playoffs!
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings' updates and breaking Vikings' news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjMansourKFAN