Deonte Harris

Deonte Harris

Wide Receiver #1
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:5'6" / 170 lb.
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Deonte Harris: Delivers TD in win

Harris brought in four of five targets for 46 yards and a touchdown, returned two kickoffs for 47 yards and ran back one punt for four yards in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Harris was set for more opportunity than usual with both Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) out of action, and he delivered a four-yard scoring grab just before halftime. The second-year speedster set a season high in both receptions and receiving yards, and with Thomas, Sanders and Marquez Calloway (leg) all in danger of missing a Week 8 battle against the Bears, Harris could be in for an expanded role once again.

October 25, 2020 2:31 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Full speed ahead

Harris (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Harris missed the Week 5 win over the Chargers, but he utilized the bye week to get back to full health. If Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) returns to the lineup this Sunday against the Panthers, Harris likely won't have much of a role on offense. However, he's set to be the Saints' main returner of both kicks and punts Sunday. The 22-year-old has averaged 26 yards per kick return and 15.1 yards per punt return this season.

October 21, 2020 3:36 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Unavailable Week 5

Harris (hamstring) was ruled out for Monday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Harris was unable to practice this week due to the hamstring issue and won't be suiting up Monday. Taysom Hill could step in on kick returns and Alvin Kamara on punt returns for the Saints, though Marquez Callaway could also take over return duties.

October 10, 2020 8:09 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Misses second straight practice

Harris (hamstring) didn't participate in Friday's practice, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: With a second straight missed practice, Harris is trending in the wrong direction ahead of Monday's matchup against the Chargers. He's handled a decent workload while Michael Thomas (ankle) has been out of the lineup, recording 38 yards on six receptions and rushing three times for 21 yards. Harris makes most of his impact on special teams as a returner, but Alvin Kamara will likely handle those duties if Harris is forced to sit out.

October 9, 2020 4:48 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Held out Thursday

Harris (hamstring) did not participate during Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: The NFC's reigning All-Pro punt returner was not noted as having an injury following New Orleans' 35-29 Week 4 win over Detroit, but he, Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) and Justin Hardee (hamstring) were among the Saints' DNPs Thursday. Harris has recorded a catch in all four of his appearances this year, registering two starts but only once playing over 36 percent of the offensive snaps. With Michael Thomas (ankle) having a chance to return Week 5 for a Monday night showdown against the Chargers, Harris' services would be most missed on punt returns, where he is averaging an astronomical 15.1 yards per attempt this season.

October 8, 2020 4:52 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Catches one pass in victory

Harris brought in one of two targets for 10 yards and rushed twice for 10 yards in the Saints' 35-29 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: It was another quiet day for Harris, who has failed to see much boost in value with Michael Thomas out of action. In three games with Thomas on the sidelines, Harris has caught just six passes for 38 yards. Targets will be even more difficult to come by in Week 5 when Thomas is likely to return.

October 4, 2020 5:49 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Two catches against Packers

Harris hauled in two of his three targets for five receiving yards during Sunday's 37-30 loss to Green Bay. He also registered 78 return yards on his three kick-return attempts, as well as 14 yards on his lone punt return.

Analysis: The All-Pro punt returner showed glimpses of fantasy relevance Week 2 against the Raiders, gaining 34 scrimmage yards on a combined four offensive touches as he logged the second start of his career. Week 3 marked a backstep in his offensive role, as Tre'Quan Smith collected six-plus targets for a second consecutive game. If Michael Thomas (ankle) is able to return from injury Week 4 against Detroit, it would diminish Harris' offensive role further in a matchup against the NFL's 13th-ranked pass defense.

September 29, 2020 6:29 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Hauls in three receptions

Harris brought in three of five targets for 23 yards and added an 11-yard carry in the Saints' 34-24 loss to the Raiders on Monday.

Analysis: With Michael Thomas out of action, Harris saw an increase in targets and actually finished ahead of Emmanuel Sanders in looks from Drew Brees. It's clear that Alvin Kamara will be Brees' first read on the majority of passing plays, but Harris has some appeal in deeper leagues for as long as Thomas is out.

September 22, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Goes for 17 yards in victory

Harris brought in his only reception for 17 yards and added a nine-yard rush in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Harris surprisingly tied with Michael Thomas in yards and finished with more than Emmanuel Sanders in Sunday's loss. Harris only saw one target, however, and he won't often find himself among the team leaders in receiving yards. He also returned four punts for 59 yards and will likely do most of his damage on special teams this season.

September 13, 2020 6:33 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Lifted from COVID list

The Saints activated Harris from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Albert Breer of reports.

Analysis: Harris was placed on the list Friday and quickly cleared the necessary protocols to return to team activities. The 22-year-old receiver likely won't make major contributions on offense this season, but he's poised to seize the top kick and punt returner jobs again this year.

August 16, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Placed on Reserve/COVID list

Harris was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: It is unclear if Harris himself tested positive or was near someone who did. The distinction between the two will determine when they are allowed to rejoin the team, but that information for now will remain with the Saints. The second-year pass catcher recorded six receptions for 24 yards during his rookie campaign, but he did haul in his lone target for 50 yards during New Orleans' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings.

August 14, 2020 4:52 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Nabs 50-yard pass in loss

Harris brought in his lone target for 50 yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: The fleet-footed rookie recorded his longest catch on the year, hauling in a 50-yarder from Taysom Hill in Sunday's loss. He ended his first NFL season with just six receptions for 24 yards, though he played a key role on special teams as a punt returner, scoring a punt-return touchdown in Week 3 against Seattle.

January 5, 2020 5:22 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Makes catch in victory

Harris caught his lone target for a one-yard gain in Monday night's 34-7 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Harris played nine snaps on offense, one more than he saw on special teams. While the rookie has not made a major impact yet in his young career, he can take solace in the fact that he's caught every one of his five targets on the season.

December 17, 2019 1:20 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Active Thursday

Harris (hamstring) is active for Thursday night's game against the Falcons, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Harris returns after a two-game absence. It is not certain if he will slide immediately back into his regular return role after turning in only limited practices during the week.

November 28, 2019 4:15 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Questionable for Thursday

Harris (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Falcons, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Harris logged a trio of limited practices this week. If he were forced to miss any time, Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara would take over fielding kick and punt returns, respectively.

November 27, 2019 6:49 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Limited Tuesday

Harris was limited in Tuesday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Harris has been credited with two straight limited practices this week in what is a good sign for his availability for Thursday. On the other hand, he has already missed two games with the issue and is looking at a third if he can't ramp up his participation level Wednesday.

November 26, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Estimated as limited participant

Harris (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Harris hasn't practiced over the last two weeks and missed those respective games, so the fact he was expected to practice Monday indicates at least some progress. The 21-year-old likely would return to returning kicks if he can play Thursday, but there should be a better idea of his status after the next two days of practice.

November 25, 2019 3:17 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Out for Week 12

Harris (hamstring) has been declared out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Harris was unable to practice at all during the week and will be forced to sit out a second consecutive game. Taysom Hill and Ted Ginn should fill in returning kicks.

November 22, 2019 1:21 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Won't play Week 11

Harris (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Harris was unable to practice this week and will miss his first game of the season. Taysom Hill is listed as the next man up for kick returns and Alvin Kamara for punt returns, but Ted Ginn could also be utilized.

November 15, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Misses practice again

Harris (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Missing two straight practices with a leg injury for a returner is never a good sign for his prospects of playing Sunday. Harris will need to put in at least limited work Friday in order to be considered a better bet to play.

November 14, 2019 2:21 PM EST

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