Percy Harvin: “Sky’s the limit” for Bills’ offense

Bills receiver Percy Harvin thinks one of the best offenses in the NFL this year will reside in Buffalo.

“Sky’s the limit,” Harvin told the Democrat & Chronicle. “We think once we get in training camp, everyone is going to be in tip-top shape, this offense is going to be very scary.”

In recent years, the Bills’ offense has been scary in a bad way. But Harvin meant that in a good way, pointing out that there’s talent at running back (LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson), tight end (Charles Clay) and wide receiver (Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins, Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin, along with Harvin himself).

“How are teams going to face us? Are they going to take away the run? Are they going to stop the tight ends? Are they going to try to take away the wide receivers? Are they going to use two safeties over the top? Are they going to double-team a wide receiver? Whatever the defense tries to take away, we feel like we’ve got another option on offense,” Harvin said.

Harvin worked with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal on the Jets last year, and now Lal is the wide receivers coach of the Bills. Harvin likes what he’s learning from Lal.

“I was just dying to get that coach who just wanted to sit down and get the best out of me,” Harvin said.

Now the question is whether the Bills can find a quarterback who can get Harvin the ball.

116 responses to “Percy Harvin: “Sky’s the limit” for Bills’ offense

  1. A team with a good defense, running game, a blowhard head coach and unrealistically high expectations was already attempted in the AFC East.

    Einstein’s definition of insanity is repeating the same experiment repeatedly and expecting a different outcome. Enter Rex Ryan.

  2. They are going to play a shallow zone, run-stuffing D to force your mediocre QBs to throw deep and/or outside the numbers and you are going to have a mid-season meltdown when you realize you are putting up the lowest per-game numbers of your career.

  3. You guys with this you don’t have a QB thing are in for a suprise. The Bills may not have Aaron Rodgers but EJ will be in the top half of the league this year and that’s probably going to be good enough.

  4. Because of the QB situation, I think a defense really only has to take away the run game and force them to throw, then you defend the capable receivers from passes thrown by a QB who isn’t exactly a threat to beat defenses. If they had a competent QB then it’d be a different situation. The best QB on the bills has a career passer rating of 80.1.

    Oh, and if Percy Harvin isn’t the only one being thrown to, he’ll pout and stop trying. I had high hopes for his when he was a Seahawk, but he is a diva of the highest order. Throwing the ball to him 20 times a game is the only way to make him happy.

  5. First comment is you don’t have a QB. Nothing else needs to be said. You can have Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Irvin and if the QB throws to the defensive backs, you aren’t going to win.

  6. Geez Percy. Exactly how will opposing defences stop the Bills? Oh wIt. They don’t have to. Because you have no QB to get the ball to all of that talent.

  7. Harvin was misquoted. What he actually said was, “This guy’s the limit for the Bills offense,” while pointing at Matt Cassell.

  8. Until the losses pile up and those “migraines” start recurring, right Harvin?

    “Hey, where’s Percy?”

  9. best in the nfl? if he can stay on the field I have no doubt it could be the best hes been on. but that’s not saying much

  10. Plenty of teams make the playoffs without a QB…so we can stop shouting that from the rooftops. We have no hope of a superbowl run without a QB, but Dalton, Kaepernik and Schaub have regularly made the playoffs with their mediocre play. And lets not forget that Rex Grossman QBd a super bowl team…so anything can happen

    Reports from OTAs seem to indicate EJ Manuel is progressing well (and that Matt cassel is a “hot pile of garbage”)

  11. All the teams have to do is make them one dimensional, make sure shady McCoy can’t get yardage and then you’ll have either cassel or Manuel throwing it down the field which is dangerous…in a bad way

  12. Ok after 2 days of frustration over Rex giving the AFC East ammunition via his big mouth,Im pumped up about our season again.I guess I forgot about all the weapons we added over the spring.GO Bills. No need 2 comment on a team u hate Joetoronto so keep scrolling.

  13. Percy Harvin is TO without the stats. Loudmouth and discruption who doesn’t translate talent onto the field.

  14. Vikings have proved you can load up the skill positions and still fail if you don’t have a QB, Percey. You know that as well as anyone, and so does your QB Matt C. Good luck, may your melt downs not be televised.

  15. Cassel had 27 tds to 7 ints in 2010 with a 93 qb rating.

    He is capable of managing a game with a truck load of top flight weapons around him.

    Sometimes qb’s make players around them better, in this case the talent is so loaded on the Bills offense that it will make a ok qb look much better then he really is.

    I can see Cassel throwing for 28 tds and 13 ints this yr easily in that offense.

  16. Be careful Percy, because Rex (I am the best) Ryan might get upset with you stealing his thunder!

  17. Rex and Percy now this is a match made in heaven. Two of the biggest clowns the NFL has to offer.

  18. Did someone really say that EJ Manuel is going to be in the top half of QBs this year? Based on what? His keen ability to read defenses and look off DBs?

    Any QB in the league can throw the ball adequately to play. What separates the men from the boys is mostly between the ears and EJ doesn’t have it. Neither does Cassel.

  19. Ok the “sky” is not the limit. But i get their optimism. Cassell took the Chiefs to the playoffs with just a run game and defense. He led the patriots to 11 wins when brady was out and they didnt have the same offensive talent as the bill or even close to the defense the bills have. As long as bills run first and keep to slants and screens (a la the patriots which is a dummy proof offense that brady has been mooching off of for years) and our defense is about as good as last year we will win 10-12 games and make the playoffs.

  20. It’s true, the Bills offense minus a QB is scary good. I believe the Bills have one of the best rosters in the game. They dont need much just a QB who will make minimal mistake if in the event the get above average performance at QB I will pencil them into the playoffs… Indeed…

  21. Everyone is a Super Bowl contender April-August.

    By early Autumn we will be down to the usual half-dozen suspects, with maybe one surprise.

  22. When Brady is done suing the NFL for defamation and violating his first, fifth and twenty second amendment rights. He will own the NFL and all the franchises and ban Ryan from the league, force Irsay to sell the colts, and be declared free from the constraints of the banal constraints of rules and reign supreme over all things.

  23. The problem with the Bills is that they don’t talk enough. We need to hear more predictions of greatness from guys who have never lived up to their hype, from the backups, and also from guys who won’t even make the team.

  24. ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’
    ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’
    ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’

    He was a great wizard wasn’t he?

    Rex will never learn.

  25. Percy, you’re gonna be soooooo frustrated when your mediocre QBs can’t get the ball to you during games. We’ll see how optimistic you are after you figure out that you’re being consistently underthrown all season long. It’s a quarterback’s league, and the Bills don’t have one.

  26. The difference between the legend and the also-ran

    Bellichick has players always talking about getting better.

    Ryan has players thinking that they are better than they are.

    Typical Rex brain washing….We’re gonna do this and we’re gonna do that.

    All they ever do is not live up to the over inflated hype.

  27. “I was just dying to get that coach who just wanted to sit down and get the best out of me,” Harvin said.
    ______

    They all wanted to, Percy. They just couldn’t get close to you because you kept throwing dumbbells at them.

  28. buffalostampede90 says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:51 PM

    Look at all the haters don’t get mad because your teams are crap the bills are on the rise 🙂

    _———–__-_———–_-_———————_-

    Ok Rex….
    8-8 at best

  29. billswillnevermove says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:02 PM
    They only need an average QB that does not turn the ball over. If that happens, the Bills could be really scary. They are loaded.
    ====================================
    Too many egos. If they go through a rough stretch, they will start pointing fingers at each other….or complain about their roll. The only reason they went over 500 last year was the gift in week 17.

  30. pedmeg says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:40 PM
    By ‘sky’ he means 8-8.

    8-8 is the limit.
    ======================================
    I wonder if could loose more games than they play?

  31. “How is EJ going to throw the ball? Is it going to sail over my head? Is it going to land at my feet? Am I going to have to dive to my left or right everytime? Whatever we try, we feel like the ball will always miss us.” Harvin also said.

  32. jnbnet says:
    Jun 18, 2015 1:09 PM

    Oh you Pats fans are too funny. You ‘gifted’ us a week 17 win? I believe we had 5 starters missing that game (so dont complain about not having all your players out there). And in the first half when Brady was in the game we were up 17-6 at halftime. You outscored us 3-0 in second half for a 17-9 bills win. So pulling Brady actually helped you fools.

  33. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:43 PM
    Ok the “sky” is not the limit. But i get their optimism. Cassell took the Chiefs to the playoffs with just a run game and defense. He led the patriots to 11 wins when brady was out and they didnt have the same offensive talent as the bill or even close to the defense the bills have. As long as bills run first and keep to slants and screens (a la the patriots which is a dummy proof offense that brady has been mooching off of for years) and our defense is about as good as last year we will win 10-12 games and make the playoffs.
    ——–
    Always enjoyed comments like this one.

    Cassell’s 11 wins with the Pats was with the same loaded Brady led 16-0 team. That’s a 5 game drop off. 5!!!

    And if “all Brady does is Slants and screens” why don’t other QBs do it and make the Super Bowl 50% of the time? You don’t have to throw 40 yd bombs every play to be successful.

    Stop hating and appreciate greatness.

    You won’t find me saying Aaron Rodgers is an average plug and play QB, all he does is throw it up to Jordy, hit Cobb short and let him do the work or hand off to Lacy.

  34. You need a QB, remember your complaining in Minnesota? Come to Seattle and say the same thing you are saying now…except you had a QB, and blew it

    We are glad you are out of Seattle…you are a CANCER. I know he will either get hurt or cause ruckus in the locker room.

  35. How do you stop the new look Bills offense? You don’t. You let Greg Roman do that for you. Roman is an expert at finding what works for your offense and never using it again. Running game working great? Time to sling the ball all over the field. Offensive line injury concerns? No problem, all 5 receivers will run long routes, that should fix it. Have a QB that is a great scrambler? Let him know a baby turtle will be sacrificed every time he leaves the pocket, problem solved.

  36. It’s been a loooong time, likely before the internet era, that so many non Bills fans cared about what they were doing or saying in June or August or thereafter for that matter. Rex and the players are talking positively about the team, soooo. I’d be concerned for any team if they didn’t. It’s all the trolls providing bulletin board material. So keep it up, eyes and ears are everywhere.

  37. charlesbrown2316 says:

    The Bills may not have Aaron Rodgers but EJ will be in the top half of the league this year
    ____

    What are you basing this on? Hope? Because he has shown no previous sign of being able to do this.

  38. “Sky’s the limit” for Bills’ offense
    ======================
    Not so sure about that one…last time I checked Rex Ryan was your head coach so its doubtful..

  39. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Jun 18, 2015 1:22 PM

    jnbnet says:
    Jun 18, 2015 1:09 PM

    Oh you Pats fans are too funny. You ‘gifted’ us a week 17 win? I believe we had 5 starters missing that game (so dont complain about not having all your players out there). And in the first half when Brady was in the game we were up 17-6 at halftime. You outscored us 3-0 in second half for a 17-9 bills win. So pulling Brady actually helped you fools.

    ————————————————————-

    I’m a believer now. Rex is God.

    Remind me…besides being a blowhard what has he won?

  40. Most Consecutive Games Lost
    4 Buffalo, XXV-XXVIII

    This is the organization who has it’s players talking SB already. Shame on Rex. He’ll never learn.

  41. buffalostampede90 says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:53 PM
    People talk about offense and rez ryan but people for get we got the 49ers offensive coordinator 🙂

    —–

    …who is a terrible offensive coordinator.

  42. charlesbrown2316 says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:06 PM

    You guys with this you don’t have a QB thing are in for a suprise. The Bills may not have Aaron Rodgers but EJ will be in the top half of the league this year and that’s probably going to be good enough.
    ——————————————————
    Holy smokes! When the snow stops falling and the sun starts shining the people in Buffalo go bat bleep crazy!

  43. letsgobuffalo4 says:

    He led the patriots to 11 wins when brady was out and they didnt have the same offensive talent as the bill or even close to the defense the bills have.
    _____
    He had Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Either of those guys are better players than any of the Bills WR’s. The defense was 8th in points allowed, at 19/game. That’s pretty close to what the Bills allowed last year per game (18.1). Seymour, Wilfork, Vrabel, Bruschi, Meyo were all on that team

    They weren’t a bunch of scrubs. Cassel threw 21 tds and 11 picks, not bad but considering Brady threw 50 TDs with the same bunch the year before, it was a bit of a drop off.

  44. and if it doesn’t work out that way this guy will be a cancer in the locker room and be on his way to his 5 team in 5 years.

  45. southpaw79 says:
    Jun 18, 2015 1:27 PM
    How do you stop the new look Bills offense? You don’t. You let Greg Roman do that for you. Roman is an expert at finding what works for your offense and never using it again. Running game working great? Time to sling the ball all over the field. Offensive line injury concerns? No problem, all 5 receivers will run long routes, that should fix it. Have a QB that is a great scrambler? Let him know a baby turtle will be sacrificed every time he leaves the pocket, problem solved.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    +1 internets for this. I actually LOL’ed at work.

  46. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:24 PM

    Plenty of teams make the playoffs without a QB…so we can stop shouting that from the rooftops. We have no hope of a superbowl run without a QB, but Dalton, Kaepernik and Schaub have regularly made the playoffs with their mediocre play. And lets not forget that Rex Grossman QBd a super bowl team…so anything can happen

    Reports from OTAs seem to indicate EJ Manuel is progressing well (and that Matt cassel is a “hot pile of garbage”)
    ———————————————-
    Well there’s something to latch onto Bills fans. The 16th pick in the 2013 draft is progressing well. I’m guessing he’s now playing at a horrible level as opposed to atrocious. Baby steps I guess.

  47. Take it easy on Percy everyone, the poor guy has had a rough life, he had to play for the Vikings for 4 years. We all know that when you put on that purple becoming wildly delusional is just one of the side effects that comes with it.

  48. You are going to get an intricate, well thought our run game but a passing game that is not focused a la the 49ers last year. Sure hope someone is on the staff that knows the passing game…Roman demonstrated that it is not his forte and I don’t think it is Ryan’s either.

  49. I agree with Harvin. They got some playmakers on offense. And everyone knows about the D. I hope they get in the playoffs too. I like seeing teams with top notch defenses go the the postseason because those are the teams that can beat anybody. Watch out for Charles Clay. That boy good.

  50. “this offense is going to be very scary”

    ….not having a QB is going to be very scary

  51. Before you bash Percy too hard for his comments, you have to appreciate the fact that he spent too much time with the Vikings. Delusion, over estimating the talent on your football team and wait till next year are taken to a whole other level in Minnesota.

  52. To respond to whether the Bills will have a QB – all reports is that EJ is starting to pull away at this early stage. Reports are that his accuracy and reads are starting to come together, which are the two main areas he had to improve in. If he can take that next step this offense WILL be scary. DCs are going to have some sleepless night with this one. Go Bills!!!

  53. Harvin hype isn’t warranted.

    He’s an average player. He looks like he has potential but his results say he is average, and it’s a big enough set of results that it’s pretty safe to judge him.

    Sure, he could have a great year and live up to the hype, but he was barely above average with Super Bowl winning QBs throwing to him. It’s really unlikely.

  54. billswillnevermove says:
    Jun 18, 2015 12:02 PM

    They only need an average QB that does not turn the ball over. If that happens, the Bills could be really scary. They are loaded.

    ——————-

    They have QBs that turn the ball over. That’s what they are stuck with.

  55. wimpyburgers says:
    Jun 18, 2015 3:15 PM

    The only hope is that the Bills stomp the Patriots twice in 2015

    ————-

    The Patriots are still very good and will be very hard to beat in NE for any team. I think the Bills need to focus on winning at least 6 home games and then splitting their road games and that’s how they get in the playoffs. They don’t even have to beat the Patriots at home, but they need to win at least one of Dallas, NE and Indy and then win the rest of their home games.

    Focusing on the Patriots (which I am sure Rex will do) is not the way to win anything.

  56. bullcharger says:
    Jun 18, 2015 4:45 PM

    Focusing on the Patriots (which I am sure Rex will do) is not the way to win anything.

    ————————————————————–

    History proves your point!!

    Rex’s Superbowl is beating the Patriots.

    That’s why he’s never gotten to THE Superbowl.

  57. As a BILLS fan, I hope opposing defenses load up against the BILLS run game. Even if they fill the box they will have a devil of a time stopping Shady, with one of the best blocking FB’s (Felton), and TE (Clay), in the game, plus Incognito, and Miller (GD). That will open up the play action passing game. Then havoc will break loose with Watkins, Woods, Harvin and Clay. EJ or Cassel will make them pay the price for it. Unless they have four DB’s the caliber of Revis, they will be in trouble. NE, doesn’t have that kind of secondary, neither does Miami, the Jets might if they can stop the run. This isn’t going to be the Marrone/Hackett vanilla offensive game plan this season. Offensively, I see the BILLS averaging >24 pts. per game and the DEFENSE, yielding <17 per game. To all the BILLS haters out there if you don't think your team can score more than 24 points against BILLS, anytime, then you better not bet against them. So the SKY is the limit. LET'S GO BUFFALO!!!

  58. Everyone is saying 8-8 is what they will do this year. I guess you slept through last season when they won 9 games with that future Hall of Fame of Fame coach named Marrone who couldn’t land a head coaching job with anyone. Maybe some of you guys have been smoking too much weed but there have been a lot of really good quarterbacks who had a few bad years before coming into there own. In fact years ago it was very rare for a young quarterback to come in and even play talk about play well.

  59. 8-8 is about right. The would have finished that way last year if the Patriots hadn’t been in a generous mood after wrapping up the bye and home field throughout the playoffs.

  60. They weren’t a bunch of scrubs. Cassel threw 21 tds and 11 picks, not bad but considering Brady threw 50 TDs with the same bunch the year before, it was a bit of a drop off.
    —————–

    That is because Cassel didn’t Cheat so…..

    Best Regards

  61. Percy is a bitch he may have whooped tate but Doug Baldwin put those paws on em little punk hell be in a different jersey by seasons end I respect what the bills got goin phenomenal team but percy is a cancer

  62. Offensively, I see the BILLS averaging >24 pts. per game and the DEFENSE, yielding <17 per game. To all the BILLS haters out there if you don't think your team can score more than 24 points against BILLS, anytime, then you better not bet against them. So the SKY is the limit. LET'S GO BUFFALO!!!

    ___

    Based on 2014 stats, that would make them a top 10 offense and second best defense. Setting your expectations a bit high aren't you?

  63. What happens when he gets headaches – or doesn’t get the ball as much as he wants – or gets into fights in the locker room – or doesn’t have a decent qb?

  64. Man…I gotta get in contact w/ a lot of you in here that can predict futures…I wish I had that skill to already know exactly what is going to happen during the season…im impressed…confusing at all the hatred toward the Bills but as it’s a miracle to see a Tyrod Taylor win the job and become a diamond in the rough…I could realistically see them going w/ EJ…he’s had crap coaching, been told to limit himself, and awful protection with no TE. Now he’s working w/ a better staff, better and more talent…has multiple TE’s to throw to, more electricity at RB…and the D will most likely be better. I mean EJ had an incredible 2 minute drill victory against Carolina as a rookie, 2 full seasons later with an improved staff, and talent…he can only be at worst a little better, and that might be enough…it’s possible it’s not enough, but I don’t know that until the season comes.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!