Wide receiver Percy Harvin has seen action in a variety of roles over the last few years as teams have gotten him the ball out of the slot, out of the backfield and as a returner in order to let him loose on the opposition.
One thing Harvin hasn’t done much of is play on the outside as a wideout and he’d like to see that change this season. Harvin has been working with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who was also with the Jets last season, on refining his technique so that he can be more effective in that more traditional role and calls the coach “just what I needed” to clean up his game.
“Aside from the first two years I got in the league I’ve been just a gadget guy,” Harvin said, via the team’s website. “I’ve been dying to just sit down with that one coach who will tell me what I’m doing wrong and what I need to do. Every day coach Sanjay is coming to me with different techniques I can use. He’s texting me at night asking me to try this or that. I worked on them and they looked perfect. I was dying to get with that coach who would sit with me and want to bring the best out of me and since I’ve been with the Jets he’s been doing that. I think this year a lot of people are going to see the end result of it.”
The Bills also have Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins at receiver, which means that he might not get exactly what he wants. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said that Harvin’s ability to make plays behind the line and behind the defense lets “your imagination run wild” when it comes to devising ways to utilize his skills.
That sounds pretty similar to what other offensive coaches have thought when faced with integrating Harvin into their schemes, so we’ll see how things play out once the Bills get on the field and whether their quarterback play is strong enough for it to make much of a difference where Harvin is lined up from down to down.