New York Jets made the decision to acquire Percy Harvin last Friday from the Seattle Seahawks for what could potentially be a fourth round draft pick.
The star wideout has tons of potential at the age of 26 but has failed to live up to his billing somewhat during his time in Seattle. But Jets' head coach Rex Ryan is remaining optimistic about what Harvin can bring to New York.
Harvin is one of the NFL's best playmakers on his best day, but off the field issues and trouble defining his role left him surplus to requirements in Seattle. Known as a returner and receiver, Harvin possesses the ability to run the ball also. But rather than see him purely as a dual threat, Ryan believes the 26-year-old can be a deep threat at the receiver position.
Harvin has under performed
Harvin set the NFL alight in 2011 while playing for Minnesota Vikings. The wideout managed to gain over 900 yards receiving while gaining another 300+ yards rushing.
That was somewhat of a false dawn for Harvin, who struggled with his fitness in his first year for the Seahawks in 2014. But an awesome performance in the Super Bowl restored his reputation somewhat, and Rex Ryan believes he can be a coup for the Jets.
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“When you look at how we are going to use Percy, it might be different than how he was used in Minnesota, how he was used in Seattle,” Ryan said. “I guess time will tell. I think he’s a special talent. First off, I think when he came out of college, there was a lot of questions about him playing anything other than a slot receiver, until he had a workout.
“Then you see his skill sets – the way he can run patterns from the outside, his hands. All that type of stuff led us to believe that he can be more than just an inside player, if you will. I still believe that’s true.”
Harvin will improve the run game
Jets back-up running back Chris Johnson has had a subdued first season with the Jets, but he also believes Harvin's presence in New York can stimulate the Jets' offseason for the better, particularly helping Gang Green's running game by stretching the field and creating space for the Jets' tailbacks.
“To have a guy out there on the outside that can stretch the field, that can hit them long for that deep ball, I think it can help us out tremendously,” said Jets running back Chris Johnson, who knows the run game would benefit from this.