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Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Running Back #34
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 5
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 216 lb.
Born:February 11, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (87)
Draft Team:NE

Damien Harris: Effective in limited duty

Harris carried 10 times for 58 yards and turned his only target into a 12-yard gain during Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Harris gashed the San Francisco defense for 5.8 yards per carry and made a nice gain with his only reception, but his role was rather limited as his side went into the half down 20 points. Although it was a nice bounce-back effort after he managed just 19 yards on six carries against the Broncos a week ago, fantasy managers will likely be a bit disappointed with the limited usage. Harris has played quite well in two of this three outings this season and will look to put his best foot forward next Sunday against a Bills defense that hasn't quite performed to the best of its ability so far this season.

October 25, 2020 6:51 PM EST

Damien Harris: Six carries in loss

Harris rushed six times for 19 yards and caught his lone target for 14 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Harris got six carries to Rex Burkhead's five and James White's four, but Cam Newton (10 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown) outproduced the three running backs combined on the ground. Game script dictated a larger role for White, who finished with eight catches as the Patriots spent the entire game playing from behind. More favorable game script should see a larger role for Harris in Week 7 against the 49ers, but White and Burkhead will remain on hand to siphon off touches, even with Sony Michel (quad/illness) still out of the picture.

October 18, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Damien Harris: Broncos-Patriots pushed to Week 6

Harris and the Patriots won't play the Broncos on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past 10 days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Patriots and the Broncos will both be on bye in Week 5 and are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6.

October 11, 2020 6:15 AM EST

Damien Harris: Hits century mark in loss

Harris (finger) rushed 17 times for 100 yards in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

Analysis: Harris was essentially the lone bright spot for the Patriots in the double-digit loss, with his 41-yard run serving as a game-high figure. The 2019 third-round pick was making his season debut after being activated off injured reserve, and even though he gained a modest 59 yards on his other 16 carries, he was still the most effective runner of the night for the Patriots. With Sony Michel (quadriceps) now on injured reserve, Harris may have an extended opportunity to show what he can do in coming weeks.

October 5, 2020 7:16 PM EST

Damien Harris: Activated from IR

Harris (finger) has been activated from IR for Monday night's game against the Chiefs, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The move corresponds with Sony Michel (quad) going on IR, which sets that stage for Harris to enter the team's early-down mix in Week 4, joining fellow backs James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor in a backfield that's crowded, even without Michel. Prior to injuring his finger, Harris had a strong training camp and the 2019 third-rounder will now have a chance to be a key cog in the Patriots rushing offense after seeing minimal usage as a rookie.

October 5, 2020 1:41 PM EST

Damien Harris: Could be activated for Week 4

The Patriots may still activate Harris (finger) for Week 4's potential matchup against the Chiefs, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: News broke Saturday that players on both the Patriots and the Chiefs have tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the postponement of Sunday's game between the two teams. The league hopes it can fit in the games Monday or Tuesday. If the game were to be played Sunday, the Patriots would've been required to activate Harris from IR by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, but now they have until 4 p.m. ET on the day of the game, whether it's Monday or Tuesday.

October 3, 2020 6:54 PM EST

Damien Harris: Not yet activated

Harris (finger) took part in all three practices this week but has yet to be activated off IR-R by the Patriots, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Harris is eligible to return to action this week after missing the Patriots' first three games, but the team has until Saturday afternoon to make a call on his Week 4 status. Whether New England elects to activate Harris in advance of Sunday's game against the Chiefs could well hinge on whether it's felt that Sony Michel will be able to play through a quad injury that has him listed a questionable this week. Harris had a strong training camp before suffering his finger injury and has a chance to make an impact in New England's backfield down the road, but with James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor also in the mix, his initial path to carries is muddled.

October 2, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Damien Harris: Returns to practice

Harris (finger) was activated off injured reserve for Wednesday's practice, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.

Analysis: With James White (personal) also rejoining the team, New England suddenly has quite the crowd in a backfield that got excellent Week 3 results from Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel and J.J. Taylor. It's not quite clear how Harris will fit in if he's ready to return for Sunday's game in Kansas City, but he did have some buzz back in training camp as a threat to challenge Michel for the lead ballcarrier role. Of course, Michel is averaging only 8.7 carries per game, in part because QB Cam Newton has emerged as the primary rushing threat, and in part due to Burkhead and Taylor being involved. Trying to decipher this backfield before Sunday feels like a fool's errand, but it is possible New England beat writers get some hints from the practice field.

September 30, 2020 9:59 AM EST

Damien Harris: Set to miss at least three games

Harris (finger) will be placed on IR and miss at least three games, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, J.J. Taylor will be promoted from the team's practice squad. Prior to suffering his finger injury, Harris had been pushing for a key early-season role. That's on hold for at least a few weeks, but Harris does figure to contribute once he's back. In the meantime, look for Sony Michel to head the Patriots' ground game out of the gate, with change-of-pace back James White and the versatile Rex Burkhead also in the mix.

September 7, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Damien Harris: Week 1 status uncertain

Harris, who reportedly had surgery to repair his injured pinkie, is a candidate to be placed on the 2020 version of IR that allows players to return after three weeks, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Such a move is hardly a lock, but it's an option for the team if it's felt that Harris could benefit from a cautious approach, with Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead healthy as Week 1 approaches. Harris' strong training camp has him poised to carve out a role -- when healthy -- in the Patriots' backfield after limited usage as a rookie. In any case, until or unless long-term injuries or roster moves thin out the team's running back depth chart, a committee approach seems likely, with Michel the prime candidate for early-down work if Harris is unavailable to start the season.

September 7, 2020 10:03 AM EST

Damien Harris: Could miss Week 1

Harris recently had surgery on his pinky finger, leaving his status in doubt for Week 1 against Miami, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The report doesn't explicitly rule out Harris from the season opener, but it does say he'll need "a few weeks" to heal. ESPN.com's Mike Reiss confirms Harris is in danger of missing Week 1, following back-to-back absences from practice Monday and Tuesday. This could leave Sony Michel with a bigger workload against Miami, or it might open things up a bit for Rex Burkhead and/or Lamar Miller. Coach Bill Belichick and running backs coach Ivan Fears both praised Harris recently, noting that the 2019 third-round pick was showing progress and looking comfortable in the passing game. There's been discussion of Harris potentially usurping Michel as the lead runner in New England, and while that could still end up happening at some point this year, we may have to wait a bit longer to find out.

September 3, 2020 5:46 AM EST

Damien Harris: Misses back-to-back practices

Harris was absent from practice Monday and Tuesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While the Patriots haven't provided any information, back-to-back absences hint at some type of injury. Prior to the past couple days, Harris had been splitting first-team carries with Sony Michel, who returned from the PUP list last Wednesday. The New England backfield has been a consistent source of intrigue this summer, and it appears there's still much to be determined in the coming weeks. Harris still has 12 days to get healthy before a Week 1 matchup with the Dolphins.

September 1, 2020 6:57 AM EST

Damien Harris: Seeking expanded role

Harris' strong training camp has put him in a position to claim a key role in the Patriots' backfield to start the season, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: While Sony Michel (foot) was sidelined for a good chunk of time at the start of camp, the hard-running Harris performed well, putting himself in the conversation to potentially head the team's backfield committee early on this season. However, Michel is back practicing in full now and has reportedly looked "smooth and explosive." He'll now make a push to maintain his perch atop the team's depth chart. With the versatile Rex Burkhead, pass-catching specialist James White -- and eventually Lamar Miller (knee) -- also in the mix, the week-to-week workload of New England running backs figures to be hard to predict, but one thing seems certain; Harris will see his share of touches this year after logging just four regular-season carries as a rookie in 2019.

August 28, 2020 2:11 PM EST

Damien Harris: Long TD run at practice Thursday

Harris broke off a long TD run on the first snap of Thursday's modified scrimmage, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Per Callahan, the second-year back took advantage of a big hole on the left side of the line to engineer Thursday's long run. Meanwhile, Sony Michel -- who came of the PUP list Wednesday -- "looked light on his feet again." Now that Michel is back, he can work toward securing a key role in the Patriots' backfield, which he led last season, but given that Harris has been having a strong training camp, a timeshare between the two could be on tap, with the versatile Rex Burkhead, pass-catching specialist James White -- and eventually Lamar Miller (knee) -- also factoring into the mix.

August 27, 2020 2:14 PM EST

Damien Harris: Pushing for No. 1 job?

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes that Harris has put himself in a good position to be "a primary option (in the Patriots' running game) alongside Rex Burkhead" to start the coming season.

Analysis: Per Reiss, Harris' "fresh legs and soft hands in the passing game" have helped the second-year back take advantage of the continued absence of Sony Michel (foot), whose Week 1 status is cloudy. If Michel isn't ready to start the season and Lamar Miller (knee) is unable to make a late push for early-down work once he joins practice, it's starting to look like Harris could have a chance to head the team's backfield in New England's opener, with the versatile Burkhead also on hand and James White available in his usual change-of-pace/pass-catching role.

August 23, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Damien Harris: Looks comfortable catching passes

Harris has shown some receiving ability at training camp, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Analysis: With Sony Michel (foot) and Lamar Miller (knee) both absent from practice and uncertain for Week 1, there's a big opportunity for Harris -- a 2019 third-round pick -- to step up as the lead runner in New England. It'll still be James White getting most of the work on passing downs, but any development as a receiving threat could help Harris retain playing time even after Michel rejoins the lineup. The 2018 first-round pick has caught only 19 passes in 29 regular-season games, with the Patriots running the ball on 76 percent of his snaps in 2018 and 66 percent in 2019. That degree of predictability is far from optimal, and it might be more easily fixed with Harris as the lead back rather than Michel. In any case, the New England backfield will be closely watched over the next few weeks leading up to the season opener against Miami.

August 20, 2020 7:39 AM EST

Damien Harris: Looking at first-team reps

With Sony Michel still rehabbing from foot surgery, Harris has a big opportunity ahead during training camp, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Even before the foot surgery was reported, there was some thought Harris might challenge Michel for the lead ballcarrier role this upcoming season. It's a nice opportunity for the 2019 third-round pick, but he's still facing the reality of a crowded backfield, one where James White, Rex Burkhead and Lamar Miller could also take first-team reps in the coming weeks.

August 12, 2020 7:49 AM EST

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

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