Jets Beat: Percy Harvin played 'traditional X' receiver role in Week 8

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Jets beat writer Rich Cimini on the team's initial usage of WR Percy Harvin: Harvin didn’t make much of a difference in his Jets debut -- seven touches on offense for a total of 50 yards. Instead of using him as a “gadget” receiver -- bubble screens, jet sweeps, etc. -- the Jets used him as a traditional X receiver. I guess they think they’re smarter than the Seahawks, but the only plays that worked were his old Seattle plays. Two of his three catches came behind the line of scrimmage. Elsewhere, he caught only one of seven targets. His four rushes came from a running-back position. He played 44 of 84 snaps last week, so look for that total to increase after another week of absorbing the system. He’s fast, all right, but he’s not the kind of player that can elevate those around him.

Fantasy Impact: 

Harvin played more extensively (52% of the snaps) than we expected in Week 8 given his limited knowledge of the playbook. Expect his snap percentage to rise into the 70-75% range sooner rather than later.

Filed Under: 2014, W9

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