Harty signed his restricted free agent tender Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayunereports.
Analysis: Harty is set to make $4 million in 2022 while playing on the tender. Originally an undrafted free agent, Harty has made his mark primarily on special teams, as he picked up 690 kick return yards and 199 punt return yards in 2021. He also tallied a career-high 36 receptions to go along with 570 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season, though he is likely to be buried on the depth chart assuming Michael Thomas (ankle) can return and after the addition of Chris Olave in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Apr 28, 2022 9:27 PM EST
The Saints are giving Harris a second-round tender, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This all but assures the restricted free agent will stay with the Saints, as no team would give up a second-round pick for the right to sign him. Harris did have a career year in 2021 as the Saints' No. 3 receiver and return specialist, catching 36 of 59 targets for 570 yards and three touchdowns. Listed at 5-foot-6, 170 pounds, Harris likely will be the team's third or fourth receiver in 2022.
Mar 14, 2022 12:42 PM EST
Harris recorded three receptions on four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Harris finished second on the team in targets and receptions behind only Tre'Quan Smith. However, that translated into subpar production as the Saints took to the air only 24 times as opposed to 46 rushing attempts. Harris had an inconsistent season marred by a three-game suspension, time on the reserve/COVID-19 list and a hamstring injury. However, when on the field he emerged as a big-play threat by logging five receptions of 20 or more yards and four receptions that gained at least 40 yards. The Saints could overhaul their offensive personnel this offseason, meaning Harris' potential role in 2022 remains unclear.
Jan 9, 2022 10:15 PM EST
Harris caught two of two targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 18-10 win over Carolina.
Analysis: Making his return from a three-game suspension, Harris finished third among Saints wide receivers in offensive snaps despite the absence of Tre'Quan Smith (chest). While Harris was still able to do just as much damage as Lil'Jordan Humphrey (two catches for 28 yards), both of these receivers watched as Marquez Callaway brought in six of 10 targets for 97 yards. However, it's possible that Harris' mid-week stint on the COVID list impacted his playing time. If so, Harris could be in store for a heightened workload in Week 18 against Atlanta, especially if Smith remains sidelined.
Jan 3, 2022 12:18 PM EST
Harris was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Harris spent time on the COVID list during the third and final week of a suspension, but if everything checks out from a health standpoint he could step into a big role this Sunday against Carolina. Starting wideout Tre'Quan Smith (chest) has been ruled out already, with backups Lil'Jordan Humphrey (illness) and Ty Montgomery (back) listed as questionable. Still, there's not a ton of upside for the Saints' passing game with Taysom Hill at QB.
Dec 31, 2021 1:52 PM EST
Harris' (undisclosed) suspension was lifted Tuesday, but he remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Harris found himself on the COVID-19 list Sunday, just one day before he was set to fulfill his three-game ban for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse. If he clears league amended league protocols in time to play Week 16 against the Panthers, he should join Marquez Callaway, Lil'Jordan Humphrey and potentially Tre'Quan Smith (chest) as the wide receivers for whoever happens to be available at quarterback for the Saints.
Dec 28, 2021 3:08 PM EST
The Saints placed Harris (suspension) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Harris has one game to go on his three-game suspension, which will be served once the Saints play Monday against the Dolphins. Once the ban is lifted Tuesday, though, he'll already be on a different reserve list, with his return to the team subject to COVID-19 protocols. If Harris is able to at some point in the next week, he'll be eligible to play next Sunday versus the Panthers.
Dec 26, 2021 1:48 PM EST
The NFL announced Monday that Harris will be suspended for the next three games stemming from his DWI arrest in July, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: A shorthanded Saints pass-catching group will become weaker with the loss of Harris, who leads the team with 523 receiving yards and ranks second with 31 receptions through his 11 appearances. He'll be eligible to rejoin the lineup for the Saints' Week 17 game against the Dolphins on Jan. 2. While Harris is out, the Saints will likely turn to a combination of Ty Montgomery and Lil'Jordan Humphrey to serve as the No. 3 wideout alongside starters Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway.
Dec 6, 2021 2:17 PM EST
Harris secured four of eight targets for 96 yards and a touchdown, rushed once for three yards and returned four punts for 37 yards in the Saints' 27-17 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday night.
Analysis: The speedster put the icing on his fantasy performance with a 70-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter that turned out to be meaningless to the game's outcome but certainly propped up his final tally significantly. Harris' score was his third of the season and first since Week 5, and his yardage total both paced the Saints and qualified as a career high. If the 23-year-old is successful in his appeal of a three-game ban for violation of the league's policy and program for substances of abuse, he'll next have an opportunity to build on his numbers against the Jets on the road in Week 14 a week from Sunday.
Dec 2, 2021 9:39 PM EST
Harris was handed a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse, and he's opted to appeal the ban, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Harris was able to play Thursday against the Bills due to the appeal, and he caught one of five targets for nine yards, returned four kickoffs for 61 yards and one punt for 12 yards. The 23-year-old will remain eligible to play until a decision is made on his appeal.
Nov 26, 2021 8:11 AM EST
Harris caught two of five targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 40-29 loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Harris again ran as the No. 3 receiver behind Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway. The Saints tried to hit him deep on more than one occasion, but the absence of the New Orleans' starting left and right tackles made it hard for some passing plays to develop. While it's possible he could break one loose in any given game -- like he did in Week 1 and Week 5 -- Harris will remain a dart throw in most fantasy formats entering a Week 12 matchup with Buffalo.
Nov 21, 2021 5:30 PM EST
Harris recorded three receptions on four targets for 84 yards in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Harris saw his role dip, as he entered the game having commanded at least seven targets in three of his last four games. Even so, he made the most of his opportunity by recording receptions of 46, 21 and 17 yards to post his best yardage total in a contest this season. Harris has now managed nine receptions for 136 yards across two games with Trevor Siemian as the starting quarterback heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Eagles.
Nov 14, 2021 4:41 PM EST
Harris caught six of eight targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Harris easily seemed like the team's most explosive pass-catcher not named Alvin Kamara. In fact, he was targeted on nearly 35 percent of his offensive snaps and he ultimately led the team in targets and receptions despite seeing significantly less playing time than both Tre'Quan Smith (80 percent) and Marquez Callaway (79 percent). While it's concerning that Harris may need a high usage rate to make his low snap counts pay off in fantasy lineups, he's now seen 15 targets over the past two weeks with Trevor Siemian under center while not seeing more than a third of the offensive snaps in either game. With Michael Thomas (ankle) lost for the year, Harris could become a fantasy factor down the stretch should anything happen to Callaway, Smith or Kenny Stills.
Nov 8, 2021 1:34 PM EST
Harris caught three of seven targets for 35 yards while rushing once for 22 yards during Sunday's 36-27 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Despite entering the game with a questionable tag, Harris led the team in targets and trailed only Alvin Kamara in yards from scrimmage. However, he wasn't able to do much with his opportunities in the pass game, and this is only the second time in six games in which Harris has seen more than three targets. The impending return of Michael Thomas (ankle) won't help his consistency in that area, and the possible absence of Jameis Winston (knee) wouldn't be a good thing for his efficiency.
Oct 31, 2021 6:08 PM EST
Harris (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The speedster will make his first appearance since Week 5 after overcoming a hamstring issue. Harris returns to what is projected to be a No. 3 receiver role, as Tre'Quan Smith came off injured reserve during his absence and will operate as the No. 2 wideout alongside Marquez Calloway against Tampa Bay.
Oct 31, 2021 12:09 PM EST
Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Harris missed practice Wednesday but was able to log limited sessions Thursday and Friday, giving himself a chance to suit up Sunday. With Tre'Quan Smith returning to the fold last week after previously dealing with a hamstring injury of his own, Harris will likely be relegated to No. 3 on the Saints' depth chart, but the diminutive wide receiver should continue to work as the team's primary option in the return game if he's able to suit up.
Oct 29, 2021 1:37 PM EST
Harris (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, logging a limited effort.
Analysis: The 24-year-old hadn't practiced since suffering the hamstring injury in Week 5 versus Washington, so his limited participation is a good sign for his chances to play in Week 8 against the Buccaneers. Harris has 12 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns this season, on top of operating as the Saints' kick and punt returner.
Oct 28, 2021 3:35 PM EST
Harris (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Since hurting his hamstring Week 5 in Washington, Harris hasn't been able to practice in any capacity. Until he does, he'll be a tough sell to be available for game action. Still, Harris has two more sessions to make a case for a return Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Oct 27, 2021 2:26 PM EST
Harris (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Seahawks, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Analysis: Harris' Week 5 injury clearly has leaked past the team's bye week. Without the team's top receiver, expect Marquez Callaway and Kenny Stills to see a bump in targets against a susceptible Seattle secondary.
Oct 23, 2021 2:21 PM EST
Harris (hamstring) missed practice Friday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: Harris was injured Week 5 and hasn't been able to practice after a Week 6 bye. He's not looking good for Monday night against the Seahawks.
Oct 22, 2021 12:28 PM EST
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