As training camp moves forward in Foxborough, N'Keal Harry has remained a member of the Patriots. This comes despite the former first-round receiver requesting a trade out of New England leading up to the start of camp in July. To this point, no deal has been struck to grant Harry his wish, but both sides seem to be amicable since the request was put out there. Bill Belichick even noted earlier this week that he and Harry "had a good conversation" and continue to have a "good relationship."
On Wednesday, Patriots receivers coach Mick Lombardi echoed what Belichick said previously, highlighting that there is no awkwardness in the midst of Harry's trade request. He even highlighted how much he's liked working with him throughout their shared time together.
"I know it was reported and all that stuff, but I just know that N'Keal is a guy that I've grown to really admire and love," Lombardi told reporters after practice. "He's a player on our team and in our room, and I think really highly of N'Keal for how he comes in here and works and I have a great relationship with N'Keal.
"We are business first. He comes in here and works extremely hard, and I appreciate that. He's very hard working. You know what? I'm going to come in and coach him as hard as I can every day, and he's going to come out here and work hard every day. That's really all I can ask of him. That's what he asks of me. He expects me to coach him hard. He's going to work hard because I coach him hard, and we expect a lot out of him."
Not only have things seemed to be civil between the two sides, but Harry has impressed throughout the start of camp, making a number of acrobatic catches that have certainly raised some eyebrows.
"N'Keal, he came into camp with a great attitude, ready to go, in shape," said fellow Patriots receivers coach Troy Brown. "And he's out here just like the rest of the guys in the group. He's fighting for a spot and he's done everything so far that we've asked him to do."
Of course, the jury is still out as to whether or not a trade will ultimately occur with Harry. Through seven training camp practices, however, he's certainly begun cementing his spot on New England's 53-man roster to begin the year if he's still in town.
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