It was far from an ideal debut, but the Jets still managed to get a taste Sunday of what Percy Harvin can bring to the offense.
“I was very comfortable. Throughout the week I was picking it up fairly well,” Harvin said. “I think my first two days, I pretty much had all the formations down. The plays, I just kept going at them. They were starting to come to me this week during practice.”
Harvin finished with 194 totals yards on offense and special teams, including a 35-yard return on the game’s opening kick.
He was used all over the field, lining up in the slot and out wide, including in the first quarter when quarterback Geno Smith badly misfired on a go route for an interception. And he was lined up in the backfield at times, including on a 7-yard gain in the second quarter on a pitch from quarterback Michael Vick.
Harvin admitted after the game he hadn’t played that much lined up wide since he was in high school.
The Jets hinted all week they were going to utilize Harvin in a limited role. Instead, he was targeted nine times, second highest on the team. The most time he missed came in the first half when he was out during testing for a concussion. He returned before halftime, however.
“All things considered, I thought Percy really played well. That’s not an easy task,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “We were going to play him more than he let on. It was a challenge to a guy to come into a new team, but I thought he did a great job. This guy is obviously a big-time playmaker. I’m happy he’s on our team.”
Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.