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The What-If Game

So we've all talked about Percy an awful lot recently and I've noticed a few people suggest trading him to the Patriots and they listed which picks the Patriots have and which picks they would like from them. So I suggest we play the "what-if" game. We will suppose that Percy gets dealt for an agreeable deal and now wonder, how well does he actually fit in their offense?

The obvious answer is: Well Welker has had over 110 receptions in 5 of the 6 years he's been there so Percy will have 130, cause Tom Brady is throwing him the ball finally!

I suggest Percy fans pump their brakes a little bit here. I remember a healthy amount of debate from the talking heads of the national media when the Patriots traded for Welker and if they overpaid by giving up a 2nd round pick and a 7th for a return man. His stats didn't exactly show him as a great receiving option.

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2004 23 2TM 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 4 1
SDG 83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
MIA KR/PR 83 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 4 1
2005 24 MIA KR/PR 83 16 1 29 434 15.0 0 47 1.8 27.1 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.3 0.1 439 0 5 4
2006 25 MIA KR/PR 83 16 2 67 687 10.3 1 38 4.2 42.9 687 1 3 5

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
2004 23 2TM 15 0 43 464 0 71 10.8 61 1415 1 95 23.2 1879
SDG 83 1 0 4 102 0 33 25.5 102
MIA KR/PR 83 14 0 43 464 0 71 10.8 57 1313 1 95 23.0 1777
2005 24 MIA KR/PR 83 16 1 43 390 0 47 9.1 61 1379 0 46 22.6 2208
2006 25 MIA KR/PR 83 16 2 41 378 0 47 9.2 48 1064 0 46 22.2 2129

(http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/W/WelkWe00.htm)

Well... we all know how that one went:

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2007 26 NWE PR/WR 83 16 13 112 1175 10.5 8 42 7.0 73.4 4 34 0 27 8.5 2.1 0.3 1209 8 3 16
2008* 27 NWE PR/WR 83 16 14 111 1165 10.5 3 64 6.9 72.8 3 26 0 19 8.7 1.6 0.2 1191 3 1 13
2009*+ 28 NWE PR/WR 83 14 13 123 1348 11.0 4 58 8.8 96.3 5 36 0 11 7.2 2.6 0.4 1384 4 2 14
2010* 29 NWE WR 83 15 11 86 848 9.9 7 35 5.7 56.5 848 7 1 11
2011*+ 30 NWE WR 83 16 15 122 1569 12.9 9 99 7.6 98.1 4 30 0 19 7.5 1.9 0.3 1599 9 2 17
2012* 31 NWE WR 83 16 12 118 1354 11.5 6 59 7.4 84.6 2 20 0 11 10.0 1.3 0.1 1374 6 3 1

(http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/W/WelkWe00.htm)

I've heard it bantered about on the radio that it doesn't take freakish talent to succeed in New England's offense but the ability to read a defense, as it's mostly option route based. This suggestion is held up by 4 players. The first was the case of Wes Welker, and his emergence in the Patriots offense. The second is Deion Branch.

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2002 23 NWE KR/wr 83 13 7 43 489 11.4 2 49 3.3 37.6 2 0 0 4 0.0 0.0 0.2 489 2 1 5
2003 24 NWE WR 83 15 12 57 803 14.1 3 66 3.8 53.5 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.7 0.1 814 3 0 7
2004 25 NWE WR 83 9 9 35 454 13.0 4 26 3.9 50.4 454 4 1 5
2005 26 NWE WR 83 16 15 78 998 12.8 5 51 4.9 62.4 998 5 0 10
2006 27 SEA WR 83 14 13 53 725 13.7 4 38 3.8 51.8 4 30 0 19 7.5 2.1 0.3 755 4 0 6
2007 28 SEA WR 83 11 11 49 661 13.5 4 65 4.5 60.1 661 4 0 5
2008 29 SEA WR 83 8 8 30 412 13.7 4 63 3.8 51.5 412 4 0 3
2009 30 SEA wr 83 14 5 45 437 9.7 2 35 3.2 31.2 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.6 0.1 429 2 0 3
2010 31 2TM 15 12 61 818 13.4 6 79 4.1 54.5 818 6 1 10
NWE wr 84 11 9 48 706 14.7 5 79 4.4 64.2 706 5 0 9
SEA wr 84 4 3 13 112 8.6 1 41 3.3 28.0 112 1 1 1
2011 32 NWE WR 84 15 15 51 702 13.8 5 63 3.4 46.8 702 5 0 8
2012 33 NWE wr 84 10 4 16 145 9.1 0 25 1.6 14.5 145 0 0 2

(http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BranDe00.htm)

He never really had an impact in Seattle like he did in New England. The next player is Chad Johnson. Most people blamed his dropoff because of his decline in skill, but some suggested it was his inability to grasp their offense. His stats were very unmemorable in 2011, and it was kinda surprisings considering he had just come off a respectable campaign in 2010 of 67 receptions and 831 yards with Cincinnati. The last player we visit is pretty familiar around these parts, Randy Moss.

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2005 28 OAK WR 18 16 15 60 1005 16.8 8 79 3.8 62.8 1005 8 0 8
2006 29 OAK WR 18 13 13 42 553 13.2 3 51 3.2 42.5 553 3 0 3
2007*+ 30 NWE WR 81 16 16 98 1493 15.2 23 65 6.1 93.3 1493 23 0 20
2008 31 NWE WR 81 16 16 69 1008 14.6 11 76 4.3 63.0 2 0 0 2 0.0 0.0 0.1 1008 11 3 11
2009 32 NWE WR 81 16 16 83 1264 15.2 13 71 5.2 79.0 1264 13 2 13
2010 33 3TM 16 11 28 393 14.0 5 37 1.8 24.6 393 5 0 4
MIN wr 84 4 4 13 174 13.4 2 37 3.3 43.5 174 2 0 1
NWE wr 81 4 3 9 139 15.4 3 35 2.3 34.8 139 3 0 2
TEN wr 84 8 4 6 80 13.3 0 26 0.8 10.0 80 0 0 1
2012 35 SFO wr 84 16 2 28 434 15.5 3 55 1.8 27.1 434 3 1 4

(http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MossRa00.htm)

I cut out his earlier stats as we don't need a reminder of those. Randy is a collection of amazing ability, skill and pretty worked pretty darn well in New England's offense. But while talking about Randy, I will turn this back to Percy Harvin. He has great ability, but do we have any evidence that he can run this option route system well? Also, people are pointing to Harvin's outbursts lately, and they've been magnified due to his supposed contractual demands. I wonder how Harvin would deal with Brady's stare of death that every receiver that's played with him has gotten. Randy didn't respond to it well, but in his wiser age he was smart enough to play it down with the media. At some point he will inevitably mess up a route (he's only human), how does he handle the Brady treatment?

Does Percy respond to Brady's criticism well, or does he pull a Randy?

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