In place of our typical GIF Breakdown of the previous game, which I'll do early next week, I wanted to give you an indication of what the New York Jets can expect in the face of the stunning trade for Percy Harvin since the issue is on the forefront of everyone's minds right now. All of these GIFs come the Week Five Monday Night Football battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. In fact, all of these GIFs were touchdowns that were called back for various penalties against other players.
However, what all three of these GIFs show you is what Harvin is capable of doing, which is bring it to the house on any given play. The only thing missing is a kick returned for a touchdown, but to see that, all you need to do is re-watch Super Bowl XLVIII.
This first play is a simple read-option, where Russell Wilson hands the ball off to Harvin. It comes back due to a holding penalty, but you can see his speed and toughness on display here. He's simply faster than everyone else. Harvin is famous for his jet-sweep plays, where he lines up as a wide receiver, but this shows similar abilities in getting to the edge and turning upfield.
This was the play immediately following the previous GIF. Seriously, two plays in a row, two touchdowns. What this GIF shows you is his balance and acceleration. What for most receivers would probably be a tackle at the line of scrimmage, Harvin is able to stay on his feet and blow by everyone. As much as I love Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, they simply can't do this. This came back because #77 is an ineligible receiver downfield, as an offensive lineman.
Lest you think Harvin is only good with the ball on screens or in short yardage, he is also a deep threat with his blazing speed. Obviously, this isn't exactly ideal coverage. But Harvin has the speed to make cornerbacks pay for their mistakes, which is a problem the Jets receivers have had. Harvin finds ways to get open and make cornerbacks suffer.