BGA: Scouting Percy Harvin

Earlier today, the Jets officially announced that they have traded a conditional draft pick for former pro bowl receiver and kick returner Percy Harvin, as had been reported yesterday. While Harvin is a well known player, I’ve been reviewing recent footage to try and assess what he brings to the table.

After being drafted with the 22nd pick of the 2009 draft by the Vikings, the 26-year old Harvin, who is listed as 5-11 and 200 pounds, entered the league with a bang, winning the offensive rookie of the year award and making it to the pro bowl. He was an exciting player in his first three seasons, averaging over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scoring 24 touchdowns, including four on kick returns. Since 2011, he’s only started 13 games due to injuries and while he’s still been productive on a per-game basis, he hasn’t had the same kind of impact. Nevertheless, at the start of last season, the Seahawks traded multiple picks including a first rounder to acquire Harvin and then gave him a $67m contract extension. While he barely played last season and hasn’t been very productive in 2014, he did showcase his big play ability in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Broncos in February.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Harvin’s career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses with a particular focus on his disappointing production the last few years and the factors influencing this. To read more of this story, click here

Reports: Harvin gave Tate black eye, refused to re-enter Cowboys game

Percy Harvin‘s departure from Seattle was preceded by several conflicts with teammates and coaches, culuminating with his refusal to return to the field in the Seahawks’ loss to the Cowboys last Sunday (Pro Football Talk, Oct. 18).

The Jets acquired Harvin for a conditional draft pick Friday.

Pro Football Talk reported Harvin, 26, sat out the fourth quarter against Dallas after having three carries for minus-1 yards and three catches. Earlier this season, the Seattle Times reported Harvin and wide receiver Doug Baldwin fought the week before the Seahawks preseason game against the Raiders. The New York Daily News reported both players were excused from practice that week and Harvin didn’t travel with the team to Oakland (Daily News, Oct. 18).

Pro Football Talk also reported Harvin got into a fight with former Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate in the week before Seattle’s Super Bowl victory over Denver at MetLife Stadium, with Tate receiving a black eye.

Jets to release Nelson to make room for Harvin

The Jets will release WR David Nelson to make room on the roster for newly-acquired Percy Harvin, according to team reporters.

Nelson had eight catches this year for 65 yards. He also fumbled twice.

Harvin and Nelson were teammates in college.

Harvin’s journey to the Jets one of talent and exceptionalism

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Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Coming off an embarrassing road loss, the Jets brass knew they needed to make a move. Their young quarterback didn’t have his best day in enemy territory and the team realized that there weren’t enough weapons to help raise the game of their young signal caller.

But where could the team find one such weapon in-season? Maybe a talented but troubled player who could be had at a discount to come in quick and make an impact on an advantageous contract? Maybe working with a team with which those in the organization already had close ties?

As you might guess, I’m not writing about the trade the Jets made Friday for Percy Harvin, but the one they made in October of 2009 for Braylon Edwards. Mark Sanchez stumbled in a dismal 24-10 loss to the Saints, while Braylon Edwards had burned his last bridge in Cleveland under former Jets coach Eric Mangini after being investigated for an alleged battery stemming from an altercation outside a Cleveland night club.

During Edwards 28 games for the Jets he was a human highlight reel, totaling 88 receptions for 1,445 yards (16.4 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in the regular season. For many Jets fans, it came as a head-scratcher that given the choice of signing Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards in the scramble leading up to the 2011 season, that the team picked Holmes.

Seattle is not Cleveland. Even though there are similarities between the Edwards and Harvin situations, the two moves are wildly different. The Browns were reeling from one staff to the next, while the Seahawks are coming off a Super Bowl victory and are the blueprint for success in the current NFL. For all Edwards concerns, few were leveled at his work ethic, injury history or relationships within the boundaries of the game. As for Harvin and Seattle, it seems like it was a bad fit and both sides are elated to move on. In the end, the big similarity in both cases, was that an extremely talented receiver was looking for a change of scenery while becoming a bigger focal point of the offense on their next stop.

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