By Ross Kelly

Even with all of his injuries and alleged locker room confrontations, there is no doubt that Percy Harvin is one of the best athletes in a league of elite athletes. He has lined up all over the offense from wide receiver to slot receiver to H-back to running back. But Harvin, who said he wants to be more than just a “gadget player“, has requested to line up on the other side of the ball as well.

Per Chris Brown, a journalist for, Harvin has requested to take snaps at cornerback during training camp:

And he did just that on Friday’s practice as he lined up at right cornerback during the session which was open to the media. For what it’s worth, starting CB Leodis McKelvin is on the PUP list with an ankle injury and McKelvin is expected to regain his starting position when healthy.

“The more you can do, the more valuable you are” is a quote famously echoed by Bill Belichick. Harvin’s foray to defense could mean nothing more than giving him a glimpse of what the CB sees when he’s lined up on the other side. Or, it could lead to a Troy Brown-like role where Harvin serves as the dime back or emergency cornerback. After all, Harvin did play cornerback in high school and had 10 career interceptions. Whether or not that experience translates into actual NFL production remains to be seen; but it appears the Bills are determined to get much more out of Harvin than what we saw in Seattle.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at