The Jets acquired the former Florida Gatorand and Minnesota Viking from Seattle in a straight-up player for pick trade. Harvin, who broke on to the national scene in 2007 with the Gators, can be used in a multitude of different ways on the field. Throughout his career he’s been described as a jack-of-all-trades.
Both teams agreed to the trade on October 17th, the day after the Jets heartbreaking Thursday night loss to the Patriots. The draft pick that the Seahawks will receive next year is a conditional pick. The draft pick could be as high as a fourth-round pick or as low as a sixth depending on Percy’s production.
Soon after the trade went through, the Jets inked Percy’s new teammate and fellow ‘slot’ wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, to a four-year contract extension, reportedly worth $16 million, with $5.4 million in guaranteed money.
When asked about his excitement on the new deal, Kerley vocalized how proud he is to be a Jet, before joking “ Bentleys for everybody” during an interview with The Record.
When asked about his opinion on the trade for Harvin in an interview with Newsday, Kerley said, “ First thing I thought when we got [Harvin] was, ‘just another playmaker,’ the things that he brings to the table is amazing. So it just helps Geno out, helps this offense out and gives us a better chance to win.”
Harvin can be lined up at tail back, in the slot, or on the outside as a wide receiver. He can also be effective as both a kick and punt returner.
Throughout his time in Minnesota and Seattle, Harvin amassed five touchdowns as a kick returner (he hasn’t returned punts since college).
Many Jets fans are wondering how much we will see of Percy this week against Buffalo. Some experts think his touches will be rather limited considering he will have had only four days of practice with the team. However, Rex put the naysayers to doubt yesterday when he stated “ Time will tell, but I truly believe with his kind of talent [he’s] going to be a big help.”
When lined up as a wide receiver, Harvin will most likely draw coverage from Leodis McKelvin and Nickell Robey.
Robey, a second-year undrafted free agent out of USC has surprised a lot of people since the Bills brought him in. As a rookie, Robey logged an interception return for a touchdown in Week 7 against Ryan Tannehill. He finished the season with six pass break-ups, 17 tackles, and two fumble recoveries while forcing another.
McKelvin, a former first-rounder out of Troy, will likely be the corner to cover Harvin in man-to-man coverage for most of the game.
Even though he’s coming off a two-interception outing against the Vikings last week, McKelvin has mostly looked like a bust during the course of his seven-year career.
His play throughout this season, as well as his career, can be best described as shaky. McKelvin was drafted in part due to his speed and prowess as a return man. He has four special teams touchdowns as a kick and punt returner.
Expect to see Harvin in a variety of different positions come Sunday. He’ll definitely be returning kicks, and offensive-coordinator Marty Mornhinweg might line him up as the focal point in a few different exotic packages. Look for him as a returner, wide receiver and, who knows, he might be in the backfield as well.
One thing is for sure the Bills are going to need all the help they can get when it comes to slowing Percy Harvin down this Sunday.