Harvin struggled to break big plays during his tenure with the Seahawks, but he did catch 22 of his 26 passes with his former team this season before the trade. He didn't come near that catch rate Sunday as two Jets quarterbacks struggled to find any production in the passing game. Harvin did finish second on the team in targets and tied for second in touches. The Jets will hit the road to face the Chiefs in Week 9.
Harvin is still in the process of digesting the playbook, and it's unclear how the team will opt to feature him in his first game. "He's just getting himself sort of integrated right now, so we'll see," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said.
Receivers coach Sanjay Lal has been working with Harvin one-on-one to help him learn the playbook. There's a chance Harvin's snap count will be limited his first game out based on how well he understands the team's offense.
Newly acquired wideout
It remains to be seen if Harvin fulfills media obligations by being allowed to speak on Friday, as the team promised.
With the Jets already having careened out out of the playoff race, the controversial acquisition of Harvin from Seattle has undergone great scrutiny. Harvin spoke on Monday about the circumstances involed in his departure from the Seahawks - including fights with fellow receivers Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate.
"I was disappointed, you know. I was disappointed. I did have a history with him, and I thought it would be a different outcome. But I guess that’s just the way it went," Bevell said, per The News Tribune. "I think we have a phenomenal atmosphere here. It’s led by coach (Pete) Carroll. I think he gives the guys great freedom to be who they want to be. I think he sets the tone for the whole program. It’s an upbeat program. Obviously we are very positive here. It’s just disappointing."
Harvin recently expressed his disappointment with how he was used on offense in Seattle. Bevell said he called bubble screens and hitch routes for Harvin to keep teams from double-teaming him downfield.
"I had many conversations with him about it, just about his role and the things that we would ask him to do. He never articulated that to me," Bevell said. "I mean, he caught a deep ball in the Washington game (40 yards for what would have been a touchdown but for a personal foul on guard James Carpenter that negated the catch); unfortunately it got called back. But the thing was we wanted to make sure he was going to be involved in the game and get the touches. You know, you can just double team somebody and just take him out of the game (with deeper balls). He never did. But we’ve moved on past that. It’s left in the past."
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