Percy Harvin trade should give Paul Richardson, Kevin Norwood opportunities
The Seahawks’ trade that sent Percy Harvin to the New York Jets should give rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood a chance to get more playing time.
Seattle Times staff reporters
RENTON — The surprising trade of Percy Harvin on Friday figures to mean the Seahawks will seek to integrate 2014 draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood into the offense to fill the void in receiving production.
Richardson, a second-round pick, has played in four games but has made only one catch, for 7 yards, against Denver.
Norwood, a fourth-rounder from Alabama, has yet to play after having foot surgery during training camp. He is now healthy.
Neither was active last week when Seattle had five other receivers, including Harvin, on the 46-man game-day active roster.
But with Harvin gone and the Seahawks having a flurry of injuries at other spots — six players have been ruled out — both Richardson and Norwood will likely be active when the Seahawks play at St. Louis at 10 a.m. Sunday.
And with Harvin gone, the Seahawks might need them to produce quickly.
The departure of Harvin gives Seattle just two receivers with more than 11 career receptions — Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.
Seattle’s other two receivers are Ricardo Lockette (11 career receptions) and Bryan Walters (seven).
Seattle drafted Richardson and Norwood after having lost Golden Tate, who signed with Detroit as a free agent. The Seahawks anticipated Harvin taking on a bigger role this season, and planned to replenish the position through the draft.
Before the trade was revealed Friday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked about the likelihood of Norwood and running back Christine Michael being active for Sunday’s game and said: “Those guys have practiced great and we’re real excited about their chance to play ... really, we won’t hesitate to play those guys if they’re up for this game.’’
Seattle’s offense, though, will probably look more like its pre-2014 self, focused around the running of Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch carried just 10 times in Sunday’s 30-23 loss to Dallas, with Carroll saying later the team began the game with a plan to establish Harvin — who got three of his six touches on the first series of the game.
That plan didn’t work, though, as Harvin was held to three receptions for no yards and three carries for minus-1.
After the trade, there were rumblings Harvin was unhappy with his role, and that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was struggling to work Harvin into the offense.
When Bevell met reporters Wednesday, he said: “Do we want Percy to get the ball in every way we possibly can? I think it’s obvious because we’re trying to do things to get him the ball.’’
Now, the question will be how the offense looks without Harvin.
Seattle will also have to find a replacement for Harvin as a kickoff returner, which is likely to be either Walters or Baldwin.
Six will miss game
Six players will miss the game Sunday due to injury — center Max Unger, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Bobby Wagner, tight end Zach Miller and defensive linemen Jordan Hill and Cassius Marsh.
Unger, Maxwell, Miller and Wagner are starters; Hill and Marsh are key members of the defensive-line rotation.
Carroll confirmed that Marsh had surgery to repair a broken foot suffered in practice Wednesday and said he could be out six to eight weeks.