Many candidates for bigger roles in wake of Harvin’s absence

Percy Harvin is as dynamic of a playmaker as there is in the NFL. But while he was expected to contribute to a decent chunk of the Seattle Seahawks’ passing offense this year, the Seahawks will have numerous options to replace Harvin’s production.
“We have a lot of playmakers,” says Golden Tate, one of the players who should see an increased workload in Harvin’s absence. “So we are very excited, with or without Percy.”
Tate and fellow wide receiver Doug Baldwin are two players who should see increased opportunity with Harvin out of the lineup. Tate had career highs in catches (45), yards (688), and touchdowns (7) last year while Baldwin led the team in catches (51) and yards (788) two seasons ago. Both have reportedly looked better than ever in training camp this offseason, and they seem motivated by the competition provided by team’s acquisition of Harvin.
More of a sleeper candidate to take on a bigger role in a Harvin-less offense is rookie tight end Luke Willson. Although he played very little in his senior season at Rice, Willson stood out at rookie offseason training activities (OTAs) and clearly has the physical tools to become a viable receiving threat.
It should also be noted that second year wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has been one of the most impressive players thus far in training camp, and he could see increased action as well.
Percy Harvin may be sidelined for the next few months, but it appears that the Seahawks have no shortage of players capable of stepping into bigger roles.