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Deonte Harris

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #1
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #1

Deonte Harris News

Sees two more targets

Harris caught one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 26-7 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: Harris again saw a couple of targets while playing on a little less than half of the offensive snaps, but this time he was unable to get loose for a long gain. The 5-foot-6 receiver will likely remain a touchdown-dependent fantasy option in Week 3 when New Orleans travels to New England.

Sep 20, 2021 9:49 AM EST

Scores from long range

Harris caught two of two targets for 55 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 38-3 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Harris didn't have many pass-catching opportunities on a day the Saints only needed to throw 20 times. However, the speedster cleanly beat Green Bay cornerback Kevin King on both of his targets while doing the majority of his damage on a 55-yard touchdown from Jameis Winston in the fourth quarter. With Michael Thomas (ankle) and Tre'Quan Smith (hamstring) having no chance of returning over the next two weeks, Harris should maintain his sizable role in the Saints offense when New Orleans travels to Carolina in Week 2.

Sep 13, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Remains without suspension

Harris remains without a punishment from the NFL following his July 16 arrest for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: While such issues commonly lead to a two-game suspension, Harris presumably won't receive any potential punishment until after the legal process has played out - which doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon. In the meantime, Harris is slated for a significant role at receiver while Michael Thomas (ankle) misses at least the first six weeks of the season on the PUP list. Boding well for his fantasy stock is the fact that true pocket passer Jameis Winston won the Saints' starting quarterback job over the dual-threat Taysom Hill, though Harris will still have to compete for targets with Tre'Quan Smith (undisclosed), Marquez Callaway, Ty Montgomery and Lil'Jordan Humphrey.

Aug 31, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Arrested for DUI allegation

Harris was arrested July 16 for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Underhill mention that a DUI arrest often leads to a two-game suspension, though not until the legal process has played out. Harris should be available Week 1 for a Saints team that will be missing Michael Thomas (ankle), but it is possible the 5-foot-6 wide receiver is suspended later in the season or next year.

Jul 29, 2021 6:09 AM EST

Opportunity knocks

Harris should have an opportunity to step up during the beginning of the upcoming season with Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to miss at least the first four games, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Rather than mainly compete with Marquez Callaway for the No. 3 job behind Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, Harris could spend training camp preparing for a starting role after flashing numerous times as a rotational player over the past two years. Should he succeed in that feat and subsequently perform well as a starter in the regular season, it's possible that Harris could then gain an edge over Callaway for playing time once Thomas returns to the field. After posting a 4.35-second 40 time at his pro day in 2019, Harris has the speed to thrive as a deep threat for a strong-armed quarterback like Jameis Winston, but his production could get shakier if New Orleans rides with the dual-threat Taysom Hill as its starting quarterback.

Jul 25, 2021 8:33 PM EST

Looking for more targets

Harris hopes to become a bigger part of the Saints' passing attack this season, Rod Walker of reports.

Analysis: Harris got some run as the Saints' No. 3 receiver last year, with his season highlighted by a seven-catch performance in the wild-card round of the playoffs and a 55-yard punt return in the divisional round. He aggravated a neck injury in that last game but now appears to have returned healthy for the offseason program. Michael Thomas is the only sure thing among New Orleans wideouts, so the 5-foot-6 Harris could be right in the mix for a top-three role, competing with Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Juwan Johnson and a few other young players. If nothing else, Harris' work on special teams should keep him on the roster for Week 1. A sizable increase from last year's total of 25 targets (in nine regular-season games) isn't out of the question, especially if Jameis Winston beats out Taysom Hill for the starting QB job in New Orleans.

Jul 9, 2021 11:14 AM EST

Takes step forward in second season

Harris finished the 2020 season with 20 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown and added six carries for 51 yards.

Analysis: Harris saw some increased run with injuries in New Orleans' receiving corps, though injuries of his own forced him to miss seven games. He ended the year on a positive note by going 7-83 in the wild-card round against Chicago. The second-year man took a step forward in the receiving game, though it's reasonable to expect some regression if Michael Thomas can stay healthy all season. Harris will likely make his mark as a return specialist.

Jan 30, 2021 2:55 PM EST

Hurst neck against Bucs

Harris (neck) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harris made a major impact in the return game before suffering the injury, gaining 54 yards on his first punt return to set up a field goal and having a would-be touchdown called back due to a penalty on his second punt return. He wasn't much of a factor on offense in the regular season but led the Saints in catches and receiving yards in the wild-card round, so Harris will be missed in multiple phases of the game if he's unable to return.

Jan 17, 2021 4:30 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Harris caught all seven of his targets for 83 yards in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: Activated from injured reserve Saturday, Harris wasted no time in getting back into action for the Saints, as he paced the team in receptions and receiving yards while tying for team lead in targets. His season highs in receptions and receiving yards came in Week 7 with a 4-46-1 performance, so this was easily his best showing of the campaign. Harris will look to keep the momentum rolling in the NFC divisional round when the Saints host the Buccaneers.

Jan 10, 2021 5:27 PM EST

Lifted from IR

Harris (neck) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Harris will return to action for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Bears. With Michael Thomas (ankle) back in action as well, Harris will battle fellow wideout Marquez Callaway for playing time behind Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Harris should also contribute in the return game. Through 11 outings this year, the 23-year-old averaged 12.2 yards per punt return and 27.3 yards per kick return.

Jan 9, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Eligible for postseason return

Harris (neck) was designated to return from IR and returned to practice Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The return man has been on IR for three weeks, so he's eligible to rejoin the active roster whenever he's deemed healthy. If Harris is able to get up to speed in practice this week, he could take the field as soon as Sunday's wild-card round showdown against the Bears, though he'll need to be officially removed from IR in order to suit up.

Jan 6, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Placed on IR

Harris (neck) has been placed on IR by the Saints.

Analysis: With Michael Thomas (ankle) also placed on IR on Saturday, the Saints promoted Juwan Johnson and Tommylee Lewis from their practice squad to provide depth behind top wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Tre'Quan Smith.

Dec 19, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Officially questionable for Sunday

Harris (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs.

Analysis: Harris returned to practice Thursday, working in a limited capacity over the final two sessions of the week. If he returns to the lineup, Harris is expected to take over as the Saints' punt returner. He's ranked second in the league with 12.2 yards per punt return. Harris could also handle more reps on offense with Michael Thomas (ankle) ruled out.

Dec 18, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Trending in right direction

Harris (neck) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Harris missed last week's game against the Eagles due to the neck injury, so it's a positive sign to see the receiver practice in some capacity, especially considering he missed Wednesday's session. If Harris were to miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Tommylee Lewis figures to earn a call up from the practice squad to handle return duties again.

Dec 17, 2020 4:19 PM EST

Still not practicing

Harris (neck) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Harris briefly appeared on track to return against the Eagles last weekend, but the Saints shut him down again upon further evaluation. Tommylee Lewis figures to be called up from the practice squad to handle return duties again if Harris misses a fourth straight contest.

Dec 16, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Out for Week 14

Harris (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Harris practiced without limitations Friday and was considered questionable, but upon further evaluation, he'll miss a third straight game. The Saints elevated Tommylee Lewis from the practice squad to handle the kick and punt return duties this week. Harris will aim to recover for next week's showdown against the Chiefs.

Dec 12, 2020 4:17 PM EST

Deemed questionable for Sunday

Harris (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Eagles.

Analysis: Harris practiced in full Friday, indicating that he should be good to go barring a setback. If he's able to return, his main contributions should come on special teams. Harris ranks fifth in the league with 12.2 yards per punt return and fifth with 27.3 yards per kick return.

Dec 11, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Practice reps capped

Harris (neck) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Harris practiced for the first time since picking up a stinger in Week 11. He has a shot to play in this Sunday's game against the Eagles as a result. If that's the case, he'll work as the No. 4 receiver and the top return man.

Dec 9, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Unavailable for Week 13

Harris (neck) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Falcons.

Analysis: With Marquez Callaway (knee) on injured reserve, the Saints elevated both Juwan Johnson and Tommylee Lewis from the practice squad to add depth. Harris' next chance to play is week 14 against the Eagles.

Dec 6, 2020 8:50 AM EST

Hasn't practiced all week

Harris (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Harris hasn't practiced all week, so he seems more likely to sit out than suit up for this one. With Marquez Callaway (knee) ruled out, the Saints will likely search deep down their depth chart for options in the return game should Harris sit. Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara are both capable of filling such roles, but the team is unlikely to risk injury to its current starting quarterback or running back by subjecting them to unnecessary hits on special teams.

Dec 4, 2020 1:47 PM EST

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