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Percy Harvin looks ahead after getting plenty of touches

Percy Harvin of the Jets reacts after a

Percy Harvin of the Jets reacts after a missed reception in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Given the Jets quarterbacks' sad experience in the lost-and-found department Sunday -- six turnovers between them compared to the Bills' team total of zero -- Percy Harvin pretty much became last week's story.

Or, to hear Harvin, he and the Jets are next week's story. "I'm just really looking forward to turning this thing around,'' he said, "and I think we're going to have fun when we do.''

After all the sturm and drang over his past interpersonal relationships versus his much-proclaimed talent, Harvin's Jets debut became back-burner stuff during a 43-23 loss to Buffalo. Especially with the Jets equaling their longest losing streak -- seven games -- in nine years.

Harvin -- operating as a slot receiver, wide receiver, running back and kickoff returner -- got plenty of touches: three receptions (in nine passes thrown his way) for 22 yards, four rushes for 28 yards, six kickoff returns for 144 yards.

But wires did appear to be crossed at times between Harvin and quarterbacks Geno Smith -- who was benched less than 11 minutes into the game -- and Michael Vick.

Smith badly overthrew Harvin the first time he targeted him, then was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore when he tried to hit Harvin 35 yards downfield.

Vick sailed a long pass beyond Harvin early in the second quarter before resorting to using Harvin on a couple of running plays. Harvin burst for an apparent 21-yard sweep late in the third, followed by an apparent 11-yard reception, but both plays were negated by Jets penalties.

"A quarterback's a quarterback,'' Harvin said. "Whoever's in there, my job is just to execute my assignment and worry about my assignment. I think I did a fairly good job. I got a lot of things I need to clean up, so I'll get back to the film.''

He might have been a bit too aggressive in attempting to run back kicks from deep in his own end zone. After taking the opening boot from minus-5 yards to the Jets' 30, he never got past the 26 again, once getting nailed at the 10 and once at the 3 (after fielding the kickoff 9 yards deep in the end zone), when a gadget play with T.J. Graham fell apart.

Graham was lying face-down on the opposite side of the end zone. "He was supposed to kind of hide a little,'' Harvin said. "We was going to try a little throwback, but they sniffed it out pretty well. I seen everybody running toward him, so I just tucked it in and tried to make the best of the play.''

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It was his intent, he admitted, to make a statement with those low-percentage runbacks, "just any time I'm back there. The coach gave me the green light. Most of the teams I'm been on gave me the green light, so I try to make the play for my teammates any time I get the chance. We didn't get a return this week, so we'll dial it up in practice and hope I can get one next week.''

Harvin confirmed that, based on a call from NFL observers, he was required to undergo a concussion protocol after taking a hit to the head. He quickly returned after being checked.

Overall, he insisted he was "comfortable'' -- with the playbook, the coaches' use of him in various roles, his new football home. "I love being here in New York,'' he said. "I love the fan base, I love my teammates.''

Here's his story (and he's sticking to it): When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way.


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