Demetrius Harris

Demetrius Harris

Tight End #84
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:6'7" / 230 lb.
College:Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Age:29
Born:July 29, 1991
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Demetrius Harris: Lands in Chicago

Harris signed a contract with the Bears on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Harris was cut by the Browns on Monday, and he wasted little time in agreeing to terms with the Bears. The 28-year-old tight end, who previously spent time with head coach Matt Nagy while in Kansas City, now joins a Chicago tight end corps that's struggled to attain consistency with Trey Burton (hip) and Adam Shaheen (foot) in back-to-back seasons. He caught 15 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns across 15 games in Cleveland last year.

February 19, 2020 2:21 PM EST

Demetrius Harris: Cut by Cleveland

The Browns cut Harris on Monday, the team's official website reports.

Analysis: Harris signed a two-year, $6 million contract last offseason, coming over from Kansas City after five seasons in a depth role behind Travis Kelce. The 28-year-old played 55.6 percent of offensive snaps for the Browns in 2019, but he was limited to a 15-149-3 receiving line on 27 targets, dropping five passes along the way. Harris may need to battle for a roster spot with his next team, while the Browns are left with David Njoku, Ricky Seals-Jones (RFA), Stephen Carlson and Pharaoh Brown (ERFA) at tight end.

February 17, 2020 9:40 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: One target in finale

Harris did not have a catch and was targeted once in Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Analysis: Harris was once again the playing-time leader (36 snaps) among Cleveland's tight ends. The six-year veteran caught 15 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns while playing a career-high snap count in 2019. That was largely due to the David Njoku's wrist injury, and Njoku's placement in head coach Freddie Kitchens' doghouse. Harris has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed in March 2019, but his playing time depends on the whims of a new head coach. Cleveland deposed Kitchens following the season-ending loss to Cincinnati, and presumably Njoku, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2017, will be given an opportunity under the new head coach.

December 31, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Grabs third TD

Harris caught one of three targets for one yard and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Ravens in Week 16.

Analysis: The Browns made David Njoku inactive for the second straight week, leaving Harris and others to pick up the slack. Harris led the position group with 36 snaps while catching his third touchdown of the season. Whenever Njoku has been inactive, it's usually Harris leading the way in terms of playing time. Stephen Carlson (one catch, one target, seven yards) and RIcky Seals-Jones (two targets, one catch, 23 yards) each played 19 snaps.

December 23, 2019 12:10 PM EST

Demetrius Harris: Draws another start

Harris will draw the start at tight end Week 16 against Cincinnati after David Njoku was announced as a healthy scratch for the contest.

Analysis: Harris found himself in a similar situation in a friendly matchup last week against Arizona, where he logged 42 snaps but ended up with just one reception on two targets. In contrast, Ricky Seals-Jones caught two touchdown passes in less than half his snap total. While Harris is the starter on paper, it seems to be more due to his blocking prowess.

December 22, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Two targets in Week 15 loss

Harris caught one of two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to Arizona in Week 15.

Analysis: Harris, who was inactive Week 14 due to a shoulder injury, was healthy enough to play Sunday, which gave head coach Freddie Kitchens the clearance to make David Njoku a healthy scratch. The coach clearly wasn't pleased with Njoku's performance against the Bengals last week when he failed to secure a pass that ended up being an interception. With Njoku out of the way, Harris led Cleveland's tight ends in snaps (42, 60 percent), but it was Ricky Seals-Jones (two TDs) who benefited the most.

December 16, 2019 4:30 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: In line to start in place of Njoku

Harris is expected to start at tight end for the Browns on Sunday against the Cardinals, with David Njoku inactive.

Analysis: With Njoku scratched from the lineup Sunday, Harris will step back in as a starter in Week 15. He's topped out at three catches and 33 receiving yards to date, but the tight end does as least represent a last-minute plug option in for anyone scrambling to replace Njoku.

December 15, 2019 11:56 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Inactive against Bengals

Harris (shoulder) is inactive Week 14 against the Bengals.

Analysis: It would have been an attractive matchup for Harris against Cincinnati, but he'll ultimately take a seat after working in practice as a limited participant all week. Harris will effectively give way to David Njoku, who was activated off IR Saturday and will draw the start in the divisional matchup.

December 8, 2019 8:39 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Deemed questionable for Week 14

Harris (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Harris' practice reps were capped throughout the week on account of the shoulder issue, so the Browns will presumably check back on his condition early Sunday before determining whether he's fit to suit up. Even if Harris gets the green light to play, he won't necessarily be in store to lead the Cleveland tight ends in snaps, as the Browns haven't ruled out activating top option David Njoku (wrist) from injured reserve prior to the contest.

December 6, 2019 9:49 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Nursing shoulder injury

Harris was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Harris appears to have picked up a shoulder issue during Week 13's loss to the Steelers, during which he caught one of four targets for 23 yards. The Wisconsin-Milwaukee product has served as the leading target in Cleveland's tight end corps in recent weeks, but he could soon be relegated to a depth role with David Njoku (wrist) nearing a return, according to Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site.

December 4, 2019 1:20 PM EST

Demetrius Harris: Leading TE target

Harris caught one of four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Steelers in Week 13.

Analysis: Harris was once against the leading target among Cleveland tight ends while also leading the position group with 43 snaps. Two of his targets were inside the red zone, and he had his hands on one of those balls but lost the handle when hitting the ground. David Njoku (wrist, IR-R) has practiced the last two weeks and could return for Week 14 against Cincinnati.

December 2, 2019 5:13 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Two catches in win

Harris caught both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 41-24 win over the Dolphins in Week 12.

Analysis: The Browns' offense was cooking, rolling up 327 receiving yards, but most of that went the wide receivers and running backs. Tight ends were targeted just four times while quarterback Baker Mayfield was finally on the same page with wideouts Jarvis Landry (148 yards, two TDs) and Odell Beckham (84 yards, one TD). If David Njoku (wrist) returns Week 13 against the Steelers, expect Harris, Ricky Seals-Jones (one target, zero catches) and Stephen Carlson (one target, one catch) to be further marginalized in the passing game plan.

November 25, 2019 4:05 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: No impact in loss

Harris was not targeted in Sunday's 32-28 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Harris played just 19 of a possible 69 snaps Week 6, while Ricky Seals-Jones played 47 snaps and Pharaoh Brown played 23. It appears as though Harris has been surpassed on Cleveland's depth chart, making him a long shot red-zone target at best for fantasy purposes.

October 14, 2019 10:01 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Playing time leader at TE

Harris caught one of two targets for zero yards in Monday's 31-3 loss to the 49ers in Week 5.

Analysis: Harris was once again the Browns' snap-count leader at tight end, getting on the field for 27 snaps compared to Pharaoh Brown (19) and Ricky Seals-Jones (15). With David Njoku (wrist) unavailable, Cleveland's tight ends are distant thought, combining for just 13 percent of the targets. Harris has three catches (six targets) and a touchdown through the first five games.

October 8, 2019 3:52 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Scores lone TD in loss

Harris caught one of two targets for two yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Rams in Week 3.

Analysis: Harris has moved up the depth chart in the wake of David Njoku's wrist injury which will keep him out until Week 12 at the least. He played 90 percent of the offensive snaps (65 of 72) and will be the beneficiary of Njoku's absence as long as he stays healthy. The downside is that he's been targeted just three times over 132 snaps.

September 23, 2019 5:59 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Moves up depth chart

Harris is expected to be the Browns' primary tight end after the placement of David Njoku (wrist) on injured reserve, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: In the aftermath of his awkward fall during Monday's win against the Jets, Njoku was diagnosed with both a concussion and broken wrist. With a lengthy absence on tap, he'll yield the top spot on the TE depth chart to Harris, who turned 78 percent of the offensive snaps in that game into one catch (on one target) for four yards. Harris' time in Kansas City likely is more indicative of his ability, as he averaged 10.6 YPC and scored six touchdowns on 107 targets. Behind Harris, the Browns also roster Pharaoh Brown and Ricky Seals-Jones.

September 20, 2019 3:03 PM EST

Demetrius Harris: Primed for more work

Harris is set to fill in as the No. 1 tight end in Cleveland with David Njoku nursing a broken wrist, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

Analysis: Harris saw increased work during Monday's win over the Jets after Njoku left the game due to injuries, playing 54 snaps (78 percent). He played only 13 snaps (18 percent) Week 1. With Njoku expected to miss at least a month, possibly more should he need to undergo surgery, Harris could be worth fantasy consideration in tight end premium formats. Pharaoh Brown and Ricky Seals-Jones could also see increased snaps as long as Njoku is unable to go.

September 18, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Demetrius Harris: Benefits from Njoku injury

Harris caught his lone target for four yards in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets in Week 2.

Analysis: Harris was the primary beneficiary of playing time after David Njoku left the game with a possible concussion. After playing just 13 snaps (18 percent) in Week 1, Harris was on the field for 54 plays (78 percent) against the Jets. He had the lowest target-per-snap count of the nine players targeted in the win.

September 17, 2019 4:47 AM EST

Demetrius Harris: Full participant Thursday

Harris practiced fully Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Harris' full participation Thursday means he's likely clear of the shoulder injury that bugged him earlier in the week. The 28-year-old practiced in an unknown capacity Tuesday as well. It remains unclear how or when Harris sustained the shoulder issue, but it seemingly wasn't very serious.

September 12, 2019 2:09 PM EST

Demetrius Harris: Practicing Tuesday

Harris (shoulder) was spotted at Tuesday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: It's unclear to what capacity Harris is practicing Tuesday, but his participation in any fashion is a good sign for his Week 2 availability. The Browns don't play until Monday night, so the 28-year-old will have an extra day to get in more practice and recover from this shoulder issue.

September 10, 2019 9:37 AM EST

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