WR Percy Harvin - New York Jets
|5-11, 192||Born: 5-28-1988||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 22|
Coach Ryan has said that Harvin will handle kick returns for the Jets.
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): What to make of Harvin's value now? He's obviously a massive pain in the behind, but the Jets wouldn't have dealt for him if they weren't going to use him. Let's consider him a boom/bust WR3/Flex with potential to be a lot more if the Jets make him happy and he focuses on what is his last chance to make a team want to pay for him in a likely trip to free agency next year.
General News (Wed Oct 22): won't play 50 snaps in his debut with the team in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
General News (Tue Oct 21): Harvin's role on offense will depend on how fast he can learn the playbook, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said Harvin will return kicks for the team.
Week 8: vs Buffalo Bills
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Geno Smith avoided making 'the big mistake(s)' last week, with 20/34 for 226 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (he did fumble once, but the Jets retained possession). He has two straight games with more TD passes than turnovers, which is helping open up the running game for Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson (teams have to respect the Jets' passing game at least a little as of Week 8). The usual suspects saw Smith's passes last week; seven targets for 4/65/0 receiving went to Eric Decker, four for 3/50/1 landed in Jeff Cumberland's arms; five for 2/29/0 went to Jeremy Kerley; and five for 3/22/0 went to Jace Amaro. The Jets aren't hard to predict, but at least Smith did enough to scare the Patriots' fans last week. The Bills' pass D is ranked first in the NFL with 24 sacks, while the Jets have given up 18 (tied for 25th in the NFL) - it's a fair bet that Smith will have guys in his face often during the game in New York this weekend. Buffalo averages 247.6 net passing yards given up per game, with 12 passing TDs given up vs. eight interceptions generated so far (tied for third in the NFL). This is an attacking, gambling secondary and front seven. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked five times for -39 yards and intercepted twice last weekend (15/26 for 118 yards passing and one TD thrown) - Tom Brady bombed this unit for 27/37 yielding 346 net passing yards, four TDs and zero interceptions two weeks ago, while being sacked twice for -15 yards. Smith is in for a tough divisional fight this weekend, and the Bills' pass-rushing prowess lines up well against the Jets' weak pass blocking. Advantage, Buffalo.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a thrilling game, he really did. But in the end, he had THREE (!!!) touchdowns called back on penalties. And amazingly, on three very different plays. The first was a 16 yard sweep that he ran after lining up in the backfield; second was the very next play, a 26 yard screen pass (which was wiped out due to his own false start); and third came early in the fourth quarter, when he found daylight on a 41 yard pass over the middle, with the nearest defender at least five yards behind him. On the early non-TD's, he fought hard to the end and looked as elusive and fast as ever. Aside from these (non)highlights, Harvin was used mainly on short pass plays which were predictably low percentage, and therefore the low yardage total. He showed on the 41 yard play that he can get behind the defense, but rarely runs those patterns. Instead, he continues to tough it out with the short stuff, taking a seemingly large number of hard hits in the process. In fact, late in the first half, he did injure his leg, but was able to limp off the field on his own and did return to play in the second half.
2014 Week 6 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 0 / 0 rec, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Harvin had a forgettable game, but the Seahawks were clearly attempting to get him the ball a bit more, at least in the early going. He ran two sweeps early on, but had nowhere to run as the defense closed on him incredibly fast. Also worrisome is the pounding he takes from linemen and linebackers on these plays, as opposed to dealing with a single DB downfield. Aside from his kick returns, Harvin didn't contribute until the third quarter when he had another very short run and caught a short pass over the middle.
Latest NewsJets | Percy Harvin seeing shorter targets (Thu Oct 23, 07:35 PM) - New York Jets WR Percy Harvin had just 3.08 yards per target through the air this year with the Seattle Seahawks, compared to 9.49 yards per target in his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings. Our View: We'll see if the Jets change this strategy when using Harvin. We're not rushing to get him in our lineups this week. Wait and see what he looks like before you start relying on him.
link to story Jets | Percy Harvin won't play 50 snaps (Wed Oct 22, 02:18 PM) - New York Jets WR Percy Harvin won't play 50 snaps in his debut with the team in Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Our View: The Jets made an interesting move by adding Harvin here, but fantasy owners should wait and see how things work out before rushing to get him in the lineup. In the first week with his new team, Harvin is a low-end WR4.
link to story Jets | Percy Harvin's role uncertain (Mon Oct 20, 02:24 PM) - New York Jets WR Percy Harvin's role on offense will depend on how fast he can learn the playbook, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said Harvin will return kicks for the team. Our View: We'll see if the team wants to force the ball to Harvin. They may look to use him in as many ways possible since they lack explosive players on their offense. Fantasy owners are best looking at Harvin as a WR3/flex play until we see what he can do with his new team.
link to story Seahawks | Percy Harvin draft pick update (Sun Oct 19, 02:16 AM) - Clarifying a previous item, the Seattle Seahawks will receive a conditional sixth-round draft pick that could turn into a fourth-round selection from the New York Jets, in exchange for WR Percy Harvin. It was originally thought the pick was a fourth-round selection that could go as high as the second round. Our View: A stunning loss of value for Harvin, who was worth a first and a third in the offseason less than two years again. Give Vikings GM Rick Spielman credit for timing his trade perfectly.
link to story Jets | Percy Harvin deal official (Sat Oct 18, 06:54 PM) - Updating previous reports, New York Jets WR Percy Harvin's trade to join the Jets is official. Our View: And there you have it. The Jets add a disgruntled--but incredibly talented--wide receiver to an offense that is in dire need of weapons. We'll see how he fits in alongside Eric Decker.
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