Thursday, August 9, 2012
Maybe it's time to consider Harvin
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Should the Jets make a run at Vikings WR Percy Harvin?
That thought will be on the minds of Jets fans on Friday night as they watch their favorite team's no-name receiving corps face the Bengals in the preseason opener. Obviously, the group would have a different look if No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes (rib injury) were healthy, but even with him in the lineup, it's an inexperienced unit with major questions.
GM Mike Tannenbaum always is aggressively looking to upgrade the roster, and it wouldn't be a shock if he places a call to the Vikings. In June, Harvin demanded a trade. The Vikings said, "No way." A trade would seem to make no sense for the Vikings -- he's one of their best players -- but it's worth checking out if you're the Jets.
In three seasons, Harvin has averaged 73 catches and 875 yards per year. Not that it matters a whole lot, but he also has a familiarity with Tim Tebow, as they played together at Florida.
In 2009, the Jets absolutely loved Harvin in the draft. About a week before the draft, they went to Florida for a private workout and they were blown away by his quickness and route-running ability. They liked him so much that, after picking QB Mark Sanchez at No. 5 overall, they tried to trade up into the middle portion of the first round to pick Harvin. It didn't happen because the Jets refused to give up a future No. 1 pick.
Maybe it's time to consider a bold move. Consider the current state of their receiving corps, which only two years ago featured the formidable trio of Holmes-Braylon Edwards-Jerricho Cotchery:
• Jeremy Kerley: The Jets had high hopes for him after an impressive finish to his rookie year, but Kerley pulled a hamstring and landed in Rex Ryan's dog house. Kerley, projected as the No. 3 receiver, has a lot of catching up to do.
• Stephen Hill: The second-round pick has the size, speed and attitude to be a good one, but it won't happen overnight. He can blow the top off a defense because of his vertical speed, but he has a ways to go on the intermediate and underneath stuff. Right now, though, he projects as a starter.
• Chaz Schilens: At least he's played in the league (four years with the Raiders), but he's made more noise with his mouth (firing back at Antonio Cromartie) than his play on the field. Schilens is a size-speed receiver, but he's had a history of injuries.
• Patrick Turner: At 6-foot-5, he has the ability to be a factor in the red zone, but he doesn't have the speed to consistently gain separation between the 20s. He's a No. 4 receiver at best.
• Jordan White: The seventh-round pick is way behind, having missed the offseason and the early part of camp with a broken foot, but he has made a full recovery and he's starting to turn heads. He's not going to win many footraces, but he's a crafty route runner who could be ideal in the slot. The coaches are eager to see White in a real game.
What do you think, should Tannenbaum be starvin' for Harvin?