Saturday, October 18, 2014

Idzik: Jets 'excited' to add 'versatile, dynamic' Harvin


New York Jets general manager John Idzik failed to give quarterback Geno Smith much help this offseason.

Now that his team is down and out at 1-6, getting an explosive playmaker on offense is all of a sudden a priority for the second-year personnel decision-maker.

Gang Green traded a conditional draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks this week for receiver and returner Percy Harvin. Harvin instantly upgrades a pass-catching corps that has handcuffed Smith all season long.

“Percy is a versatile, dynamic player who has been productive on offense and special teams," Idzik said. "We’re excited about adding him to the Jets.”

The timing is a little odd, though the Jets were way under the salary cap and Harvin was reportedly problematic in a Seattle locker room that is looking for a championship repeat.

At this point, it can't hurt, and it gives the team a little more to evaluate their second-year signal-caller with. Receiver David Nelson was released to make room for Harvin on the roster.

The 5-11, 184-pound Harvin has hauled in 22 passes this season for 133 yards, with another 92 yards on the ground.

Since being drafted in the first round in 2009 by the Minnesota Vikings, Harvin has amassed 3,459 yards and 20 touchdowns on 303 receptions. He's added another 775 yards and five scores rushing, with five kickoff returns for touchdowns.

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