To be fair, though, Harvin was a big part of what coordinator Darrell Bevell planned to do with a more creative offense this season. Prior to his season-ending ankle injury in 2012, Harvin was tied for the NFL lead in receptions, first in yards after the catch, second in kickoff return average and second in receiving yards.
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» Although Danny Amendola has been Tom Brady's most reliable receiver, undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins continues to turn heads for the New England Patriots. After struggling Monday, Thompkins was the best player on the field Tuesday, according to ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates. Thompkins has outplayed the more ballyhooed second-rounder Aaron Dobson since being signed out of Cincinnati in April.
» The only questions that remain about Cincinnati Bengals first-rounder Tyler Eifert are how quickly he masters the offense and how dependable is his blocking. Otherwise, he continues to exceed what were already lofty expectations.
» While Anquan Boldin emerges as Colin Kaepernick's go-to guy, the rest of the San Francisco 49ers' receivers continue to resemble a M.A.S.H. unit. A.J. Jenkins left Tuesday's practice with a hamstring injury after failing to distinguish himself early in camp. Rookie Quinton Patton has been limited to non-contact drills due to a broken finger. The San Jose Mercury News gets the sense that Mario Manningham will be sidelined by his ACL injury for at least another six weeks.