With legs feeling "amazing," Harvin opens door to longer future in Buffalo

November 17, 2016
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By Sal Capaccio

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Even though he’s been back for just one game, Percy Harvin is already starting to believe he’s ready to continue his career beyond 2016.

“I’m to the point now where I definitely know I can go full forward,” he told me while sitting at his locker earlier this week.  “I don't know how long, you know, what years or what not, but I definitely think I got a lot in my tank and just coming out here now, it’s kind of answered that question for myself.”

Harvin returned to the team two weeks ago after retiring at the end of last season due to hip and knee injuries.  

“I’m feeling good and my legs are back to feeling amazing, so I think it should be nothing but up for me on that.”

And now that he’s had another taste of NFL life, and how his body has reacted to it so far, Harvin is not only looking forward to more years, but hopefully more years in Buffalo.

When I asked if this is the place he’d like to continue his career if it indeed extends beyond this season, his eyes lit up, he smiled, and his response was emphatic and immediate.

“Absolutely. Absolutely. I've made that clear since I've been with Rex that there’s not too many coaches I want to play for, as far as Rex. Coach (Anthony) Lynn.  The teammates here.  The training staff.  I mean these guys are A-one.  The Pegulas.  They text these guys, they text me.  Even last year, they texted me a couple of times. It's just an A-plus organization.  I would love to be here as long as I can.”

The former first round pick signed a one-year deal to play the rest of this season with the Bills.  But still only 28 years old, if he can stay healthy and produce, the team would most likely have some interest in retaining him.  But staying healthy has been the issue throughout his career.  Even before missing half this season before re-signing, Harvin only played 74 of a possible 112 games over his seven previous NFL seasons.

For a Bills team that lost its number one wideout in Sammy Watkins and has struggled in the passing game this year, a healthy Harvin can provide a huge boost.  And that's exactly what he says the plan seems to be heading into this weekend's game at Cincinnati.

"From what I’m hearing, I think I’m going to be full-go," he said. "How many plays? I don’t know yet. I definitely practiced the whole time today. Got a lot more reps and a lot of reps with the (first team). So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep preparing myself. When game time comes, I’ll let the coaches handle that part."

  

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