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NFC North Standings

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4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 8-9-0
2-4-0 6-11-0
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2021 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 91 0 0 1 0.5

Top Will Harris News

  • Lions' Will Harris: Not working as safety at OTAs

    Harris was primarily working as the outside cornerback opposite of Amani Oruwariye during Thursday's OTAs, Kyle Meinke of reports.

    Harris struggled as a safety last year, but he played well at cornerback after multiple injuries forced him to shift positions at the end the campaign. Lions head coach Dan Campbell hasn't confirmed an official position change, but it appears like the 2019 third-round pick is trending toward being a starting cornerback in Year 4.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Defensive role uncertain

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell indicated that Harris' defensive role in 2022 has yet to be determined, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Harris has largely been a disappointment at safety since Detroit spent a third-round pick on him in 2019. However, multiple injuries to the Lions secondary forced him into a key role at cornerback to end the 2022 campaign, and he reportedly performed well enough for the Detroit coaching staff to consider a position change. With that said, the way the team spends its significant draft capital later this month will probably play a large role in how Harris ultimately fits into the team's new 4-3 defense.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Logs 93 tackles in 2021

    Harris logged 93 tackles, half of a sack, four pass breakups and one forced fumble over 17 games in 2021.

    Harris regularly logged the vast majority of defensive snaps for Detroit while switching between safety and cornerback. Although he seemingly struggled in the former role from time to time, Harris had all of his PBUs and his lone forced fumble while operating at nickelback. In the end, this was the best season yet from the 2019 third-round pick who jumped from 312 defensive snaps over 16 games in 2020 to nearly 1,000 over 17 games in 2021. Now set to play out the final year of his contract with Detroit in 2022, Harris should again handle a large role for the Lions, but it's possible he may not be needed for as many snaps as the team returns to full health in the secondary.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Records nine tackles in loss

    Harris totaled nine tackles (seven solo) in the 38-10 loss to Denver on Sunday.

    Harris recorded a season-high in tackles Sunday as he faced off against a run-centered game plan by the Broncos. The safety has now tallied seven-plus tackles in three of his last four games along with a pass deflection in each of his last three games. Harris and the Lions travel back home to face a high-powered Arizona offensive attack.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Totals five tackles in Week 5

    Harris made five tackles (three solo) during Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Bears.

    Harris has 25 tackles through the first four games of the season and is on pace for a career year. The 25-year-old is trending upward, but he will need to start forcing turnovers if he is going to be a viable fantasy option.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Leads way with six tackles

    Harris recorded six tackles in Sunday's Week 3 loss to Baltimore.

    Harris failed to log a 100 percent snap rate on defense for the first time this season. However, that did not stop him from leading the team with his six tackles. Harris has now racked up 20 stops in three games, though he has no sacks, interceptions or passes defended.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Produces seven tackles

    Harris made seven tackles (six solo) in Monday's 35-17 loss to the Packers.

    Harris won the starting strong safety job in preseason and has posted exactly seven tackles in each of the first two games. The Lions' secondary is in rough shape, but Harris should be a solid IDP contributor as long as he remains the starter.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Wins starting job

    Harris won the starting safety spot next to Tracy Walker, Kyle Meinke of reports.

    Not only did Harris beat out Dean Marlowe for the job, but head coach Dan Campbell specified Harris as being one of the most impressive players during training camp. Like most Lions defensive players, the third-year safety is a good bet to improve upon the forgettable numbers he posted in Matt Patricia's historically bad 2020 defense.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Competing for starting role

    Harris seems to be competing with Dean Marlowe for a starting job at safety, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    With Duron Harmon long gone, Harris and Marlowe reportedly rotated first-team reps at safety next to Tracy Walker during OTAs and minicamp. While Harris has yet to justify the third-round pick that Detroit's old coaching staff spent on him, it seems the Lions' new regime is willing to look past the slow start to his career.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Disappointing second season

    Harris tallied 35 tackles and one pass breakup over 16 games in 2020.

    After seeing at least 67 percent of the snaps in the first two games of the season, Harris never saw more than half the rest of the way despite the rash of injuries that hit Detroit's secondary throughout the year. While his pedigree will likely prompt the Lions' next general manager to give him a chance in training camp this summer, Harris is far from a lock to return to the Lions in 2021 despite technically being under contract through 2022.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Tallies first career sack

    Wilson totaled four tackles, one sack and one pass breakup in Week 17 against Green Bay.

    Apparently saving his best for last, Harris had a productive game that included a huge third-down sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers that forced a Green Bay punt. In turn, the third-round rookie will finish his first professional season with 43 tackles, one sack and three PBUs in 16 games. With Tavon Wilson set to become an unrestricted free agent, it's possible Harris could open the 2020 campaign as a clear-cut starter next to Tracy Walker. However, there's a good chance Detroit re-signs Wilson this offseason despite the soon-to-be 30-year-old's advanced age, which would probably limit Harris' upside even if the youngster secures a starting role.

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  • Lions' Will Harris: Going to Detroit

    The Lions selected Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 81st overall.

    Harris didn't hold an especially big presence in the box score at Boston College, but he started the last two years and was a top contributor on a defense that fared very well against the pass. At 6-foot-1, 207 pounds with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical, and 123-inch broad jump, Harris has plenty of tools to work with, too. He'll likely compete with Tracy Walker for the chance to start next to Quandre Diggs at safety. He'll be worth monitoring as an IDP if he can win that starting role.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 207 lbs
Birthplace: Suwanee, GA
Age: 26
School: Boston College
Experience: 4