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Sunday notes: John Idzik stakes reputation to Percy Harvin

A look at what's happening around and inside the New York Jets:

1. Wizard of Id? Percy Harvin could end up as a nine-game rental, but his performance -- especially off the field -- will reflect directly on John Idzik. The Jets' general manager called the Harvin trade a "potential coup," the equivalent of an end-zone celebration for the understated Idzik. He said he felt comfortable in acquiring the troubled Harvin because of his "advantage," meaning his close relationship with the Seattle Seahawks.

If Harvin doesn't pan out or, worse, does something stupid, it will be a damning indictment of Idzik. He dropped the ball with Mike Goodson and Dimitri Patterson, both embarrassing chapters for the organization. If Harvin goes off the rails, it would make Idzik look bad because of his so-called inside knowledge of the player.

"John tied his wagon to this guy," said a longtime personnel executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "You're tying your wagon to Percy Harvin? You're playing Russian roulette with him, and you're playing with two bullets."

2. What a talent: I know of one team that rated Harvin as the No. 1 player on its draft board in 2009. Yeah, he was that talented coming out of Florida. An official from that team, however, said they wouldn't have picked him that high because of character issues. The rating was based on pure football ability.

The Jets graded him as a top-10 player. By now, everyone has heard the story about how they tried to get him by trading back into the first round after selecting Mark Sanchez fifth overall. Harvin ended up going to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 22. Rex Ryan said he spent more time getting to know Harvin than any player he can remember before a draft.

3. Crystal ball: No matter how well Harvin plays over the final nine games, it's hard to imagine the Jets bringing him back under his existing contract, which pays him $10.5 million next year. They will either renegotiate or cut him.

4. Pacing Percy: The Jets, perhaps concerned about Harvin's conditioning, are mindful of not overworking him. Interestingly, none of his 22 catches this season with the Seahawks came in the fourth quarter, maybe a sign of fatigue.

5. Updating the wide receiver count: Harvin becomes the 17th wide receiver to have a spot on the 53-man roster since the start of last season. How crazy is that?

Idzik hasn't demonstrated a Midas touch when it comes to picking wideouts. Consider: Seven of the top 10 receivers on their first training-camp depth chart currently aren't on a 53-man roster anywhere in the league -- David Nelson, Jacoby Ford, Clyde Gates, Jalen Saunders, Stephen Hill (Carolina Panthers practice squad), Quincy Enunwa (Jets practice squad) and Shaq Evans (injured reserve).

On the first day of camp, Ryan said this was the best receiver depth he's ever had. Oops.

6. State of the Union: Idzik is scheduled to meet the media Monday in what is being called his annual mid-season address. To prepare for the anticipated spin, I may have to pop a Dramamine.

7. Riverboat Rex: This is a little stale, but Ryan revealed this week he would've tried a two-point conversion against the Denver Broncos if the Jets had scored in the final minute. Quick refresher: They got the ball at their 5-yard line, trailing by seven, with 56 seconds to play. He would've gone for the win instead of taking the PAT and going to overtime. Ryan said he and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg discussed it ahead of time.

The thinking behind it: They didn't want to give the ball back to Peyton Manning. Even so, it would've been a controversial decision, considering the new overtime rules.

8. Two-point jinx: The Jets aren't exactly a finely tuned outfit on two-point conversions, as they showed last week against the New England Patriots. In fact, they're 0-for-4 since 2010, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only two other teams have taken the oh-fer -- the Seahawks (0-for-3) and the Kansas City Chiefs (0-for-2).

9. Pryor arrangement: I think Ryan was bemoaning the circumstances on defense, not criticizing Calvin Pryor, when he said the rookie hasn't made the impact they expected. Pryor is playing out of position as a free safety, taking him out of his comfort zone. The unspoken reason is the shaky play at cornerback. They've had to play more coverage schemes, removing him from the "box." But this situation goes all the way back to draft day. They selected Pryor, a strong safety, even though the roster was filled with strong safety types -- another example of Idzik drafting for future, ignoring the present and the needs of his coach.

10. Demario is demuted: Isn't it interesting how linebacker Demario Davis has been relatively quiet since his public critique of the defense's practice habits?