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Percy Harvin to play 'bit of running back' for Seahawks

Percy Harvin has received nothing but plaudits from his new teammates since joining the Seattle Seahawks, but it would be strange to hear anything else. It's the offseason.

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We're more interested to see how Harvin will be used in the Seahawks' offense. Since offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has experience coaching Harvin on the Minnesota Vikings, it's fair to expect Seattle to line up Harvin in similar ways. Which means every way possible.

"I'll be moving around -- pretty much all around," Harvin said Wednesday via the Seattle Times. "There'll be a little bit of running back coming up. But right now, we're just trying to get the foundation set, just running the base plays, and we'll see where it goes from there."

This is not a surprise. Harvin primarily will play in the slot, but the Seahawks did not acquire him to just leave him in one spot. He can play well in the backfield and on the outside. As Albert Breer wrote earlier this offseason, possibilities are endless when you throw in Russell Wilson, the read-option and the Seahawks' powerful running game.

"Very explosive," coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin. "He took the ball and turned it up a couple of times today, and he's just lightning-fast. You can see why he's such a factor catching it and running it and in the kicking game."

Wilson added: "His talent level is unbelievable -- off the charts."

Harvin can run with surprising power inside the tackles when asked. The team isn't going to ask Harvin to turn into Marshawn Lynch, but the threat of Harvin taking a handful of handoffs every game makes the Seahawks that much tougher to defend.

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