Percy Harvin Expected To Initially Have ‘Small Role’ In Jets Offense

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 | 0

Percy Harvin

The New York Jets shocked the world last Friday (Oct. 17, 2014) when they somehow acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional mid-round draft pick.

News soon broke that Harvin had alienated many of his teammates in Seattle by getting in repeated physical confrontations with them. Word came that Harvin had given former receiver Golden Tate a black eye the week of Seattle’s 2013 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos, and it was also reported that he cut Doug Baldwin during a fight prior to a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders this summer.

He also allegedly took himself out of the team’s Week 6 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys, an accusation that Harvin later denied.

Pete Carroll went on record as saying he simply couldn’t “make it work” with Harvin, and now he’s set to begin his career for the offensive-challenged Jets. His new team is a far cry from his old one, but Harvin is glad to be getting a new start.

He said that everyone he’s dealt with on the Jets isn’t concerned about his past, only his ability to help them win football games in the future. Harvin sat out Week 7, but he’s set make his team debut against the Buffalo Bills this weekend.

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the team will bring Harvin along slowly. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that Harvin would return kickoffs and perhaps punts, but expecting him to play 50 total snaps is unrealistic:

Apparently Harvin will play a “small role” on offense, but it’s unknown exactly what that entails right now. He’s clearly the best playmaker on an offense that is badly struggling for playmakers for second-year quarterback Geno Smith.

The team paid former Denver Bronco Eric Decker a ton of money to come over in the offseason, but he’s been hobbled by a hamstring injury. It’s also clear that he was a direct beneficiary of Peyton Manning’s mastery the past two years, although that isn’t rocket science to figure out.

Regardless, the Jets need someone who can open up their run game and make defenses fear that they could possibly attack through the air, something that just hasn’t been present this year.

Harvin may be eased into the offense, but they need him, and they need him now. They got him for a small price, and if he plays like he’s capable of without getting hurt, he may just save Rex Ryan’s job.

He could also become another distraction for a team that can ill afford one more of those. What will the Jets’ fate be as they attempt to integrate Harvin into their offense?

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