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.
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.
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.
Harris (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
Harris was able to progress to a limited practice participant Thursday, but apparently couldn't fully clear the concussion protocol for Sunday's game. With Josh Doctson (illness) listed as questionable, Michael Floyd and Jehu Chesson could be pressed into heavily increased offensive snap counts in Sunday's season finale.
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