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Which Percy Harvin will show up in Jets debut?

New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16)

New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16) works out for the first time since his trade from Seattle in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Photo Credit: AP

So what, exactly, is the plan for Percy Harvin?

Well, it's anyone's guess before kickoff. But it's clear the Jets think they know something the Seahawks and Vikings don't.

General manager John Idzik called the Jets' trade for Harvin (in exchange for a conditional draft pick) "a potential coup'' for the organization, given the receiver's exceptional talent.

"He is an explosive player, he is a dynamic player. I think he can help our offense,'' Idzik told reporters Monday. "Again, it is really immersing him into what it is to act like a Jet, be a Jet, play like a Jet, and I am confident that he will respond.''

Since then, however, coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg have tried to temper expectations for Harvin's debut against the Bills on Sunday with a lot of "we'll see.'' But Ryan played coy on Friday when he said of Harvin: "I expect him to get some, but I don't know. Again, I think part of it is how much he's going to play. He's been here for what, a week? You're not going to see 50 plays, I wouldn't think.''

But Ryan also joked that he could be bluffing.

The truth is: Expect to see Harvin everywhere.

He's a rare talent with incredible versatility, so Mornhinweg could line him up in the slot, at outside receiver and in the backfield against the Bills.

"I think he's an outstanding player. We all know that,'' Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "He's explosive. He can play on special teams and be explosive touching the football . . . He's a multiple threat [in] every aspect and he's a game-changing element.''

And Harvin is a special- teams dream. Just ask Jets coordinator Thomas McGaughey.

"Great vision. He runs tough. He's physical. He has a ton of confidence in himself, and that makes a world of difference,'' McGaughey said of Harvin, whose numbers have dipped dramatically since he was drafted 22nd overall by Minnesota in 2009. " . . . I'm sure we're going to see a lot of [No.] 16 on Sunday, in a whole lot of different places.''

Harvin, a Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks, has been dealt by two teams in less than two years, but the Jets have accepted him (and his baggage) with open arms and given him a clean slate. And as long as he helps them score points, it should be a relatively drama-free marriage for both parties.

He appears to be adjusting well to his new locker room and his new playbook.

"I like challenges,'' said Harvin, who caught 22 passes for 133 yards and no touchdowns in five games this season with Seattle. "I've been picking it up very well, but I still have a lot to learn . . . Physically, I'm fine. We'll have to wait and see where I play.''

And how much.

So, Jets fans, kick back and relax and enjoy The Percy Harvin Experience. If recent history is any indication, it's sure to be a wild ride.

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