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Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Running Back #34
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 4
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 216 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:23
Born:February 11, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (87)
Draft Team:NE

Damien Harris: Should see more work in 2020

In his second season as a pro, Harris could pair well with lead back Sony Michel to give the Patriots "a potentially nice one-two combination" out of the team's backfield on early downs, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: Pass-catching ace James White is still around and will continue to see his share of targets, but Harris will undoubtedly see more opportunities in 2020 after logging just four carries in two games as a rookie. Versatile Rex Burkhead is also in the mix, at least for now, but after taking Harris in the third round of last year's draft, expect the Patriots to see what they have in the 5-foot-11, 213-pound Alabama product. For now, Harris is probably an injury (to a teammat) away from garnering steady volume, but coming out of college he profiled as a physical downhill runner, with a good handle on avoiding turnovers and a willingness to handle blitz pick-up.

April 10, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Damien Harris: Limited playing time as a rookie

Harris logged four carries for 12 yards in two games this past season.

Analysis: Per Jeff Howe of the Athletic, the 2019 third-rounder missed three games with a hamstring injury and was a healthy scratch 12 times. Harris' rookie season essentially amounted to a redshirt year and with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden all under contract with the Patriots in 2020, the Alabama product doesn't have a clear path to abundant carries in his second season as a pro. That said, it's always possible that roster churn and/or future injuries could change that context, but for now Harris still profiles as a depth option in the Patriots' backfield.

January 10, 2020 12:35 PM EST

Damien Harris: Sitting out Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Harris was limited at practice all week, and he'll sit out a fourth straight game, although only two were attributed to this injury. The Patriots' backfield remains deep with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden.

November 24, 2019 12:05 PM EST

Damien Harris: Questionable vs. Dallas

Harris (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Harris was out for last week's win over the Eagles due to the hamstring issue and could miss his second straight game. The 22-year-old may be inactive regardless of his health given that the rest of the team's running backs are currently healthy.

November 22, 2019 2:13 PM EST

Damien Harris: Limited at practice

Harris (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Harris sat out this past Sunday's win over the Eagles after being added to the Patriots' Week 11 injury report Friday. Even if the rookie running back is deemed healthy enough to play this week, he could still sit out Sunday's game against the Cowboys as a healthy inactive.

November 20, 2019 1:36 PM EST

Damien Harris: Unavailable Week 11

Harris (hamstring) was downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Harris was originally considered questionable after suffering the injury at Friday's practice, but the team apparently didn't like what they saw Saturday. The 22-year-old was a candidate to be inactive if healthy, so his absence is unlikely to impact the offense.

November 16, 2019 3:30 PM EST

Damien Harris: Added to injury report Friday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Harris was a candidate to be healthy scratch Sunday, in any case, but given that he wasn't on the team's injury report earlier in the week, it appears as though he injured his hamstring injury during Friday's practice. Heading into Week 11, the 2019 third-rounder is off the fantasy radar, so long as the Patriots' backfield trio of Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead remains healthy enough to play.

November 15, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Damien Harris: Sidelined again Week 6

Harris is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Giants.

Analysis: In the event that Sony Michel suffers an injury in the coming weeks, Harris could factor in on early downs for the Patriots. In Week 6, however, the team will continue to roll with a backfield comprised of Michel, James White and Brandon Bolden.

October 10, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Damien Harris: Inactive Sunday

Harris is inactive for Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: Harris won't suit up Sunday, even with Rex Burkhead (foot) out. In the event that Sony Michel suffers an injury down the road, Harris could factor in on early-downs, but in Week 5 the Patriots will roll with a backfield comprised of Michel, James White and Brandon Bolden.

October 6, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Damien Harris: Inactive Sunday

Harris is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: With James White (personal) back this week, the rookie is once again the odd man out on the Patriots' backfield. At this point, it will probably take an injury to either Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead or White for Harris to factor into the New England ground game.

September 29, 2019 8:51 AM EST

Damien Harris: Limited to special teams work

Harris was on the field for five special teams snaps in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.

Analysis: With James White (personal) inactive Sunday, Harris suited up for his first regular-season game, but he didn't see any snaps on offense. With White on track to play in Week 4, Harris could rejoin the inactive ranks this coming weekend. At this point, it will probably take an injury to either Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead or White for Harris to factor into the New England attack.

September 23, 2019 9:44 AM EST

Damien Harris: Suits up Sunday

Harris is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: With James White unavailable Sunday, Harris will suit up for his first regular-season game as a pro. The rookie could see some touches working behind lead back Sony Michel, but we'd expect Rex Burkhead to be the player who absorbs the bulk of White's usual change-of-pace duties.

September 22, 2019 8:38 AM EST

Damien Harris: Inactive Sunday

Harris is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Harris is a scratch for this one, even with fellow running back/special teams ace Brandon Bolden out with hamstring issue. At this point, it will probably take an injury to either Sony Michel, James White or Rex Burkhead for Harris to factor into the New England offense.

September 15, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Damien Harris: Inactive Sunday

Harris is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Steelers, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Harris wasn't on the Patriots' Week 1 injury report, so this goes down as a healthy scratch for the rookie back. The team's backfield against Pittsburgh will thus be comprised of Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and special teams ace Brandon Bolden.

September 8, 2019 4:04 PM EST

Damien Harris: Back at practice

Harris (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Harris, who didn't practice either Sunday or Monday, was dinged up in this past Thursday's preseason win over the Panthers, but his return to work Tuesday solidifies previous reports that his injury was minor. Harris is part of a deep New England backfield that also features starter Sony Michel, change-of-pace ace James White and the versatile Rex Burkhead. Even in that crowded context, Harris has earned a place on the fantasy sleeper radar, given the 2019 third-rounder's between-the-tackles running ability, as well as Michel's history of knee woes.

August 27, 2019 10:51 AM EST

Damien Harris: Likely dodges serious injury

Harris (undisclosed) seems to have avoided a major injury, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The rookie third-round pick was helped off the field by New England's medical staff during the second quarter of Thursday's preseason win over the Panthers. Harris had two carries for eight yards prior to his exit, after picking up 103 scrimmage yards on 18 touches the previous week. He's made a nice case for some type of involvement in the Patriots offense, but it isn't quite clear how Harris fits in behind Sony Michel and James White. With Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden also on hand, the Patriots can afford to take a cautious approach with Harris if his injury turns out to be a bit more serious than this early report suggests.

August 23, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Damien Harris: Forced out of Thursday's game

Harris, who needed assistance from the Patriots' medical staff to get off the field after suffering an unspecified injury with about five minutes left in the first half, did not return to Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers, Erik Scalavino of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Harris logged two carries for eight yards on his five snaps on offense. At this stage, it remains to be seen if the rookie's injury is anything that might threaten his Week 1 availability. When healthy, Harris is projected to work behind starter Sony Michel, but even in that context, the 2019 third-rounder has been on the sleeper radar, given his between-the-tackles running ability, as well as Michel's history of knee woes.

August 23, 2019 6:02 AM EST

Damien Harris: Tears two long runs in win

Harris accounted for 80 yards on 14 rushes, which catching all four of his targets for 23 yards during Saturday's 22-17 win against Tennessee.

Analysis: The stock rises on Harris, as the third-round rookie out of Alabama looked strong in his preseason debut with 5.7 yards per carry against the Titans. Interestingly enough, he also demonstrated an aspect of his game that was largely untapped in college -- pass-catching ability. He gained eight or more yards on five of his 18 touches, while gashing the Tennessee defense for gains 17 and 20-yard runs on two of his final eight carries. As the likely No. 2 rushing option behind Sony Michel, Harris carries tremendous upside as a deployable run-zone threat, especially given that New England has finished fourth or higher in red-zone trips over 12 of the past 13 seasons.

August 17, 2019 8:59 PM EST

Damien Harris: Managing minor injury

Harris is present at practice Tuesday despite nursing a hand/wrist injury, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harris' injury is reportedly considered minor. The rookie third-round pick was held out of Thursday's preseason win over the Lions and has not been receiving substantial reps in practices, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald, for which the nagging injury could be to blame. Considering top running back Sony Michel's history of knee injuries, it's possible that the Patriots intend to take a cautious approach to Harris' health.

August 14, 2019 9:25 AM EST

Damien Harris: Hasn't seen plentiful reps

Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald notes that "we've seen very little from Harris this summer. Just not getting many reps." The running back did not play in this past Thursday's preseason opener against the Lions.

Analysis: Duffy adds that it's "pretty clear that Sony (Michel) is the No. 1 RB right now." That's a reasonable assumption, but given Michel's history of knee issues, it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which Harris has a chance to make a fantasy splash as the upcoming season rolls along. The 2019 third-rounder has, at times, impressed with his running between the tackles in training camp practices, so it's possible that Harris could see some action in short-yardage situations early on, even when Michel is available. In any case, the Alabama product is a roster lock and still a player to keep an eye on, considering the often unpredictable carry distribution seen in New England's backfield.

August 12, 2019 9:11 AM EST

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