Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:54pm
Bills WR Percy Harvin was widely seen as a valuable offseason addition. Though it has been a couple of years since he produced at an elite level, his talent to produce that way again is unquestioned. How he exactly fits in Greg Roman’s offense will be refined by Buffalo’s offensive staff through training camp and the preseason. What is a bit clearer is how he will provide a shot in the arm to a Bills offense looking to take a big step forward.
Big play threat
He has three kick returns for touchdowns in his career that have gone for over 100 yards. There’s no debating Percy Harvin’s game breaking ability as a return man. His longest play as a receiver in his career however, is just barely more than half the distance of those return touchdowns (53 yards).
Percy Harvin’s mere presence on the field is enough to draw attention. Provided Harvin’s receiving game continues to develop, it will give opponents a troubling dilemma. Where do they focus their attention when it comes to play calling?
Do they respect Harvin’s deep speed and roll coverage over the top so their cornerback doesn’t get burned? Do they simultaneously roll a safety to Sammy Watkins’ side of the field and play cover two and leave just seven men in the box for LeSean McCoy and the run game? Or do they roll the dice, try to blitz and only play single safety high and hope that deep safety correctly guesses where to provide help?
As determined as the offensive staff is to get Harvin’s game singularly focused on being a receiver, it doesn’t mean that Greg Roman’s creativity won’t enter the picture in a given week from time to time. It might only be a play here or there in a game. We may only see him line up somewhere new once or twice a month this season, but the threat is there and Harvin’s versatility can lead to unwanted surprises for Buffalo’s opponents.
This story comes from the Bills web site, so you may find it a bit ambitious for Harvin, who we rank 56th among our WRs. He's going in a lot of drafts as a mid-to-late round pick so owners are hoping to hit on him as depth guy who can at least turn into a consideration as a starter. The problem with Harvin will at least partly be the QB situation as well as a run-first offensive attack, but it sounds like the Bills want to try and be creative in terms of finding ways to get him the ball. He did have 51 receptions and 33 rushes in 13 games, missing two contests and getting two bye weeks after being traded from Seattle to the Jets.
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:28am
It's easy to forget that Thompson spent the final three weeks of last season on the 53-man roster, so it's not out of the question that he earns a roster spot again this season. His best opportunity would be as the No. 6 receiver on the depth chart (if that spot even exists), where he can try to make his mark on special teams.
Rodak thinks, however, the Bills will keep an extra TE or fullback rather than a WR, which puts Thompson on the roster bubble. Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods are the undisputed top three receivers on the depth chart, with Chris Hogan a firm bet to make the roster and Marcus Easley almost certain to stick as the team's best special teams player.
Head coach Rex Ryan is on board with WR coach Sanjay Lal’s plan to develop Percy Harvin as a bona fide receiver on the outside. Harvin never had enough time to invest in being an outside threat because he was spending too much practice time elsewhere on the field, be it in the slot or the offensive backfield or on kick return with his previous clubs.
“He’s a playmaker and I think Percy now he’s just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be,” said Ryan. “I’m excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position. He’s extremely talented.”
“Sometimes Percy Harvin may get 10 balls thrown to him. Maybe the next week he gets three, but that’s okay because we just want to win,” said Ryan. “It could mean your number is dialed up a lot more this week than it was the last week. That’s just part of it. We know we have a lot of playmakers and we plan to get the ball in all of their hands.”
This is all well and good, but the Bills still have serious quarterback issues and an offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) who never had an offense finish better than 23rd in total passing yards in four seasons in San Francisco.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:09pm
He'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially when the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay. In Miami, Jordan Cameron gets a boost as the Dolphins' primary tight end. Clay was #10 in targets per game (6.0) last season. Cameron could be even more involved than Clay.
The deal is reportedly worth $38 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed. Clay's targets would be affected if he stayed in Miami after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron. If he ends up with the Bills, he'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially if the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay.
Harvin will have a chance to rehab his image if he can behave and produce in Buffalo. He'll play third fiddle to LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in the Bills' offense, so he'll have WR3/WR4 value provided new OC Greg Roman figures out how to use him. Roman's track record of underutilizing talent (like Vernon Davis) isn't very encouraging.
The Jets waited until Marshall passed his physical before parting ways with Harvin, whose ouster was announced simultaneously with confirmation of the trade.
Harvin is a playmaker, but he's been dumped by his third team in two years, so suitors would be wise to be cautious. Even so, he's going to draw plenty of interest on the open market.
In his final three seasons with the Vikings, Harvin averaged 16.3 fantasy points (PPR) and was dangerous in both the passing game (averaging 5.6-64-.35) and the running game (2.4 carries for 14 yards and 0.10 TD). In 14 regular season games with the Seahawks and the Jets, Harvin has averaged just 50 total yards and 0.14 TD per game, resulting in 9.6 PPR fantasy points. He turns 27 this summer and still has elite speed for his position, so he should be a hot commodity in free agency despite his poor production in recent years. There are character concerns, but if he lands in the right situation, he will be a fantasy factor in 2015.
Jets beat writer Rich Cimini identifies two potential cap cuts:
Percy Harvin, wide receiver ($10.5 million cap charge): Former general manager John Idzik executed a desperation trade last October that made sense on the risk-reward scale, but the landscape has changed. Not only is $10.5 million too much money for a player of Harvin's ilk, but there's also draft-pick compensation to consider. The Jets owe the Seattle Seahawks a conditional sixth-round pick that improves to a fourth-rounder if they keep him on the roster until March 19. The X factor is offensive coordinator Chan Gailey; his spread offense would be a nice fit for Harvin (if that's the system they choose to run). The March 19 deadline allows the Jets to explore free agency before making a decision on Harvin, who hasn't been an impact player since 2011.
Chris Johnson, running back ($5.25 million): The Jets have until Feb. 16 to decide whether to pay a $500,000 option bonus, part of the two-year, $8 million contract Johnson signed last April. The amount of the bonus isn't prohibitive, but the cap charge is steep for a player who would be no more than a part-time back again. Johnson was a worthwhile signing a year ago, but he'll be 30 in September and isn't close to being the player he once was. The Jets can save $3.5 million by parting ways with Johnson. That probably will be the outcome.
Johnson averaged 4.3 YPC in his first season with the Jets. He and Harvin were two high-profile acquisitions last season, but there's a new regime in town, so expect plenty of change.
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 6:57pm
Any sudden movement -- a cough, a laugh or even a sneeze -- can be painful for Jets WR Percy Harvin, who suffered a rib cartilage injury in last week's loss to the Patriots. Nevertheless, he's determined to play in Sunday's season finale in Miami.
"It felt a little better,'' said Harvin, who practiced for the first time Friday, though on a limited basis. "I was able to move around, catch a couple balls, I ran a few routes, so I'm confident I'll at least be able to give it a go.''
He's listed as questionable on the injury report and Rex Ryan said Friday that Harvin will be a game-time decision. Harvin, who also has played the past two games with a third-degree ankle sprain, said his rib injury feels "a little bit better'' than it did Wednesday, the story said. He said the biggest issue for him is pain tolerance, but he quickly added, "I think I'll be able to handle it pretty good.''
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, ribs, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Harvin is expected to be a game-time decision this week. The game is early on Sunday.
Harvin was originally listed as questionable to return but was later downgraded to out.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Jets WR Percy Harvin (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Harvin’s usage is all over the place, making him a boom-or-bust option against a good New England secondary this week.
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