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Hunter, 33, last played in the NFL during the 2012 season. He previously played for Bills coach Rex Ryan while both were with the Jets.
Labels are hard for athletes to shed.
Harvin plans to do just that this season. He wants to thrive as strictly a wideout, but must stay healthy and produce on the field to achieve that goal.
The 27-year-old Harvin flashed in his first four seasons with the Vikings, but never reached 1,000 yards receiving. Injuries and migraines limited him with the Seahawks, where he was utilized more as a jack-of-all-trades rather than a featured wide receiver. He has played in just 14 games and caught 52 passes for 500 yards over the last two seasons combined.
Rex Ryan is seeking greater production from Harvin and is planning to line him up extensively on the outside rather than in the slot.
"He's a playmaker and I think Percy now [is] just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be," Ryan told the team website. "I'm excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position."
So is Harvin.
"Aside from the first two years I got in the league I've been just a gadget guy," he said. "...I think this year a lot of people are going to see the end result of [playing exclusively wide receiver]."
Kouandijo is currently ahead of his fellow 2014 draftee. He has improved markedly since the end of his rookie campaign, according to Rex Ryan.
"I think the work that Cyrus has done overall in the offseason probably puts him ahead right now," Ryan said. "But again, the race isn't over by a long shot, so we'll see."
Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer concurs, but he also cautions that it's early in the process. "He's been working really hard at learning the techniques and learning the plays," he said. "When we got pads on that's when things are really going to show up for the line."
That Henderson beat out Kouandjio last season was a surprise. The former was taken in the seventh round while the latter was selected five rounds earlier.
Mulligan, 30, has a total of 16 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns in his seven-year career.