The Patriots selected rookie running back Damien Harris in the third round of the NFL Draft from Alabama, and he should be No. 3 on New England's depth chart behind Sony Michel and James White. Harris will likely compete with Rex Burkhead for that role, but neither is expected to get consistent touches if Michel and White are healthy. At Alabama, Harris shared playing time with fellow rookie Josh Jacobs (Oakland), and Harris proved he can play on all three downs. Should Michel or White get hurt, then Harris' value would likely skyrocket in seasonal leagues. But on Draft Day in most formats, he's only worth a late-round pick. In rookie-only drafts, look for Harris to come off the board in Round 2.
The Patriots selected Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 87th overall. The Alabama product was actually the starter over first-rounder Joshua Jacobs in the Crimson Tide backfield in 2017 and 2018. Harris may lack flash -- he ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash -- but he's a reliable back who never averaged less than 5.8 yards per carry in any of his final three seasons at Alabama. Harris should mix in behind Sony Michel on standard downs, but his pass-catching ability is unproven to where he may not see many third-down snaps early in his career.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New York Jets||18||17.75|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|