Deonte Harris

Deonte Harris

Wide Receiver #1
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:5'6" / 170 lb.
College:Assumption
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Deonte Harris: 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.

January 30, 2021 2:55 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

January 17, 2021 4:30 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

January 10, 2021 5:27 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

January 9, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

January 6, 2021 1:37 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 19, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 18, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 17, 2020 4:19 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 16, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 12, 2020 4:17 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 11, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 9, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 6, 2020 8:50 AM EST

Deonte Harris: 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.

December 4, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Missing more practice

Harris (neck) didn't suit up in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Harris missed his second straight practice with the neck issue, so his chances to suit up in Week 13 are in some jeopardy. Harris failed to practice last week or play, so it's a possibility he could face the same fate this week. Both Harris and Marquez Callaway (knee) could miss the contest, leaving the depth receiver and return positions in limbo for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

December 3, 2020 4:04 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Won't play Week 12

Harris (neck) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The 22-year-old was originally considered questionable for Sunday's contest after not practicing all week, but he's now been downgraded to out due to the stinger. Marquez is the likely option to take over return duties in Harris' absence.

November 28, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Deemed questionable for Sunday

Harris (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Harris didn't practice at all this week after picking up a stringer in last week's win over Atlanta, so he's certainly trending in the wrong direction. If the 22-year-old is ultimately ruled out, Marquez Callaway and Alvin Kamara could see more work in the return game.

November 27, 2020 5:29 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Held out again Thursday

Harris (neck) was a non-participant during Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: After suffering a stinger during Sunday's 24-9 win over Atlanta, Harris has now begun the week with consecutive DNPs in practice. The reigning All-Pro special teamer ranks third in the NFL with 12.2 yards per punt return this season. If Harris proves unable to suit up Week 12 for a road trip to Denver, Marquez Callaway would see an increase to his involvement in the return game.

November 26, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Not practicing Wednesday

Harris (stinger) didn't participate at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The 23-year-old suffered a stinger during Sunday's win over the Falcons and is beginning the practice week as DNP. Harris may need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a chance of suiting up this weekend.

November 25, 2020 2:45 PM EST

Deonte Harris: Confronted with stinger

Harris has a stinger as is questionable to return to Sunday's matchup against the Falcons, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The 2019 special-teams All-Pro was labeled questionable to return midway through the third quarter. He's garnered just 29 combined offensive snaps the past two games with Michael Thomas' return to the lineup from ankle and hamstring injuries. Explosiveness in the return game will be depleted if Harris is unable to return to the divisional tilt.

November 22, 2020 12:31 PM EST

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