New York Jets Playbook – 8 Ways Of Harvin

Joe Caporoso looks at eight different ways the New York Jets have used Percy Harvin in the past three games

Marty Mornhinweg hasn’t done a very good job this season. However, let’s give credit when it is due. He has been resourceful when it has come to using new acquisition Percy Harvin in his first three games as a member of the New York Jets. Here is a look at eight different ways he has used Harvin this far:

Harvin as the singleback running in-between the tackles

With Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell on the roster, this isn’t something we need to be seeing too frequently. However, it is important to establish Harvin as a dual threat when he is used as a running back and not just as somebody who is always going to release into a pass route or take an outside pitch.

Harvin as the singleback in shotgun, releasing to the flat

A checkdown route or a pass into the flat becomes all that more dangerous with Harvin. This is a good way to get him in space and prevent a cornerback from matching up with him.

Harvin in a two back, shotgun look utilized in the read-option

Harvin and Vick are a handful on this look, particularly on a turf field and when you are looking to avoid dominant defensive tackles (hey, sounds like this Monday!)

Harvin in the slot on the pitch reverse

A crafty play design to spring Harvin for a 13 yard gain by selling frontside pitch and having Harvin cut in for the reverse. He has the speed and shiftiness to generally always beat the free rushing defensive end on the opposite side.

Harvin in the slot with a crossing route

A common way Harvin has been used throughout his career. In man coverage, this allows him to hopefully shake his man to create some YAC…like he did right here.

Harvin in the slot running a slant route

Harvin tight to the quarterback in the slot moving the chains on 3rd down. This isn’t a “flashy” play but it is encouraging to see him shield his body from the defensive back, slide down and make a tough catch for a first down.

Harvin as an outside receiver running a hitch route 

A standard hitch route, which Harvin should be able to get against most defensive backs who are concerned about his speed. There is no reason for him to go to his knees here but he does get up to fight for extra yards.

Harvin as an outside receiver on a vertical route

This is basically straight man to man, “go make a play” and Harvin comes through for a 42 yard gain. The more consistent he can be with plays like this, the better chance he has to be a complete overall receiver which is something he has spoken about striving to be and something the Jets need him to fully develop into. He has the skill-set to do it and we’ve seen flashes of it throughout his career and now the Jets are going to give him every opportunity necessary for it to happen.

Harvin as the Z receiver on a reverse

Remember what we said earlier about Harvin always being able to beat the free rushing defensive end or linebacker?

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports