Maurice Harris signed with New England this offseason, and he'll compete for a roster spot as a reserve receiver. The Patriots could need Harris with Chris Hogan (Carolina) and Cordarrelle Patterson (Chicago) gone, Josh Gordon suspended, Demaryius Thomas coming off an Achilles injury and Rob Gronkowski retired. But Harris is also behind Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and likely rookie N'Keal Harry, and he will compete for playing time with Bruce Ellington, as well as Thomas when healthy. Keep an eye on Harris during training camp, and he could be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Harris looked good throughout OTAs and minicamp, Jeff Howe and Nick Underhill of The Athletic report. Howe and Underhill both put Harris on their way-too-early projection for the 53-man roster, while Dontrelle Inman is left off and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is projected for the PUP list. The contracts hint at a slightly different picture, with Inman receiving $300,000 guaranteed and Harris getting just $90,000. The Patriots have a host of wide receivers competing for one or two spots behind Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett and special teamer Matthew Slater. An impressive spring won't mean much if Harris fails to maintain his momentum into training camp and the preseason.
The one-year deal Harris signed Wednesday with the Patriots contains $90,000 guaranteed, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The 26-year-old caught 28 passes for 304 yards in 12 games for Washington last season, but after he wasn't tendered a contract as a restricted free agent, the Patriots swooped in and signed him to a low-risk deal that also includes an injury split/waiver. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wideout doesn't have blazing speed, but he's viewed as a solid route runner with good hands, which gives him a chance to build a rapport with quarterback Tom Brady. Beyond Julian Edelman, there's not much certainly with regard to New England's wideout corps, though on top of the free-agent additions of Harris and Bruce Ellington, it's likely that further moves are forthcoming, either through free agency, the draft or the trade market.
Harris agreed Wednesday on a contract with the Patriots, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. The team also signed Bruce Ellington on Thursday, adding further depth to a receiving corps that still needs some beefing up. Harris caught 28 passes for 304 yards in 12 games with Washington last season, with those numbers propped up by the 26-year-old's 10-catch, 124-yard effort in a Week 9 loss to the Falcons. Despite his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, Harris is a candidate to see some slot work with the Patriots, though at this stage, Julian Edelman is the only receiver on the team with a clearly defined role in the offense.
The Redskins declined to tender Harris a contract for 2019 on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports. Harris' concussion history may have played a part in Washington's hesitance to re-sign him, but he'll reportedly set to draw interest from "a few" teams on the open market. He snagged 28 of 47 targets for 304 yards and zero touchdowns in 2018, with his best game coming Week 9 against Atlanta. Harris corralled 10 passes for a career-high 124 receiving yards in that contest.
Harris (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Harris could not clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in time for Sunday's season finale against the Eagles, and has been placed on injured reserve to free up a roster spot. Michael Floyd and Jehu Chesson will benefit from an uptick in targets with Harris sidelined, especially if Josh Doctson (illness) is unable to suit up.
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|3||09/22||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
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