Percy Harvin takes practice snaps at cornerback

AP

Percy Harvin said last month that he wants to be more than just a gadget player on offense for the Bills and followed it up by talking about his work with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal on honing his skills as an outside receiver.

That might not be the only change to his portfolio, however. During Friday’s opening practice of Bills camp, reporters in attendance shared that Harvin took some snaps at cornerback during team drills.

After practice, coach Rex Ryan said, via Chris Brown of the team’s website, that Harvin had come to him with the request to moonlight on the defensive side of the ball “here and there” during camp. Ryan said that the team will let that happen from “time to time” to see what Harvin can do as a defensive back.

Turning Harvin into a version of Troy Brown would be an unexpected development, although¬†being able to help a team in all three phases of the game isn’t a bad way to remain an integral member of the club. We’d still expect Harvin to see most of his time in his more familiar roles on offense and special teams once the season gets going, however.