N'Keal Harry will likely be the No. 4 receiver in New England this year at best, and he's not worth drafting in most Fantasy leagues. The Patriots added Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne this offseason, and along with Jakobi Meyers, all of them could be ahead of Harry on the depth chart. Since being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2019, Harry has been a bust, and things aren't likely to change for him in New England, which should remain a low-volume passing attack. Hopefully, Harry proves us wrong and could become a waiver-wire addition during the season, but we need to see it first over a solid stretch of games.
Harry has looked sharp in practice of late Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. Cox notes that the 2019 first-rounder "followed up his promising performance Tuesday by catching all six targets he saw in competitive team drills" during Wednesday's practice. Though Harry requested a trade last month, he reported for training camp on time, and thus far his on-field effort has been encouraging. While the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is probably behind Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne in the Patriots' wideout pecking order at this time, Harry could move up the ladder if he continues to shine in training camp, or alternatively if injuries end up factoring into the equation.
Harry, who requested a trade earlier this month, is in attendance for New England's training camp, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. While it's still possible that the 2019 first-rounder could be moved, the 23-year-old indicated Friday that he'd "absolutely" be happy if he ended up staying with the team, noting that he's been focusing on improving his agility as opposed to "playing big." At this stage, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder presumably slots in behind Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne on the Patriots' wideout depth chart, but a strong summer and/or injuries could lead to a context that would allow Harry to stick around and potentially carve out a key role in the team's offense.
Harry plans to attend Patriots training camp if he's still with the team, NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports. Harry's agent requested a trade last week, but it doesn't sound like the 2019 first-round pick will hold out if the Patriots keep him around. The team isn't likely to get much in a deal considering Harry has caught just 45 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns in 21 NFL games. While there isn't a significant cap benefit to releasing him, the Patriots would clear up $1.4 million in 2021 cap space if they're able to work out a trade.
Harry (calf) return to practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Harry, who appeared to tweak his right calf Tuesday, was back on the field Wednesday with no protective wrap on his lower leg. The 2019 first-round pick will now strive to maintain the momentum he had recently been building at OTAs and minicamp workouts. At this stage, he's probably behind Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers in the Patriots' wideout pecking order, but Harry's size (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) and ability to make contested catches give him a degree of red-zone upside.
Harry appeared to tweak his right calf during Tuesday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. It remains to be seen if this is an issue that might hamper the wideout beyond Tuesday, but Harry, who reportedly had been building momentum this week per Howe, can ill afford a lengthy setback as he attempts to solidify his role in the Patriots offense following the team's offseason additions of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. With returnee Jakobi Meyers also in the mix, Harry is currently competing for depth slotting with Gunner Olszewski, Marvin Hall, Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson, Tre Nixon and Devin Smith. Since being taken in the first round of the 2019 draft, Harry has yet to establish himself as a consistent threat in the team's attack, and the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder may have to look sharp this summer just to retain his roster spot.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|3||09/26||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|4||10/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||40||22||207||2||11||9.41||34|