Maurice Harris

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #13
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #13

Maurice Harris News

Sent away by Saints

The Saints released Harris on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In his three-year stint with Washington to start his career, Harris combined for a 40-432-1 line on 65 targets across 28 games. He wasn't tendered by the team in March 2019 and subsequently spent the offseason with the Patriots, but a lower leg injury resulted in his release before the season. He proceeded to see no NFL action last year before signing a reserve/future contract with the Saints. Harris will look for employment elsewhere following Sunday's move.

Aug 2, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Inks reserve/future deal

Harris signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Harris failed to latch on with a team during the 2019 regular season. He spent the preseason in New England before parting ways with an injury settlement, but he'll now get a chance to showcase with the Saints. The 27-year-old wideout spent the first three seasons of his career in Washington.

Jan 16, 2020 9:24 AM EST

Works out in New Orleans

Harris has a workout with the Saints on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was let go by the Patriots with an injury settlement late in the preseason and has been unable to latch onto a new team during the regular season. Harris spent the first three seasons of his career in Washington and had 28 receptions for 304 yards over 12 games in 2018.

Dec 27, 2019 8:08 AM EST

Works out for Lions

Harris worked out for the Lions on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Harris' workout Tuesday is good news because it means he's clear of the foot injury that led to his Aug. 27 release from the Patriots. The 26-year-old spent his first three seasons in the league with the Redskins, logging 40 catches for 432 yards and a touchdown over 28 games.

Oct 1, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Released with injury settlement

The Patriots have released Harris (lower leg) with an injury settlement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As a result, once Harris is healthy he'll be free to sign with another team. The wideout looked like he may push for a role in the Patriots' offense this season, but his injury, combined with the return to the field of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) led to Harris being the odd man out in the team's wideout corps.

Aug 27, 2019 1:56 PM EST

Placed on IR

Harris (lower leg) cleared waivers Monday and reverted to New England's injured reserve, Doug Kyed of reports.

Analysis: Harris reportedly has a chance of recovering from his lower leg injury within a matter of weeks, according to Nick Underhill of The Athletic. If Harris is indeed able to get healthy before the end of the 2019 season, Kyed reports that the Patriots would likely release him with an injury settlement.

Aug 26, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Set loose by Patriots

The Patriots released Harris (lower leg) on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: During joint practices with the Titans prior to a preseason Week 2 matchup, Harris picked up a lower-leg injury of unknown nature and severity, missing the Patriots' second and third exhibitions as a result. His drive for a roster spot was hindered further with fellow wide receivers Julian Edelman (NFI), Josh Gordon (NFI) and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles, PUP) all returning to practice in the past week. Harris will seek out a more palatable situation in which to make an impact on a receiving corps.

Aug 25, 2019 1:50 PM EST

Misses Thursday's game

Harris (Lower leg) didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers, Nick O'Malley of reports.

Analysis: Harris had his moments early on in training camp, but his injury, as well as the return to the field of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) have combined to dampen the notion that he could be an early-season fantasy sleeper. Additionally, Harris is not a roster lock at this point, with N'Keal Harry also on hand and both Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers making strong cases to secure spots.

Aug 23, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Returns in some capacity

Harris (lower leg) was present for Tuesday's practice, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains unknown whether Harris was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice. The 26-year-old wideout is working his way back from a lower-leg injury. Harris was making a strong case for a spot on the 53-man roster before being sidelined, and will look to continue competing for a role when healthy.

Aug 20, 2019 12:01 PM EST

Lower-leg issue

Harris is dealing with a lower-leg injury, Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Harris' issue could sideline him "a while," a development that might help undrafted free agent Jakobi Meyers carve out of spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster to start the coming season.

Aug 16, 2019 12:59 PM EST

Missing practice

Harris (undisclosed) isn't present for practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.comreports.

Analysis: With N'Keal Harry (leg) and Phillip Dorsett (thumb) also injured, the Patriots may be shorthanded at wide receiver for Saturday's preseason game at Tennessee. Harris was making a strong case for a roster spot prior to suffering the undisclosed injury during Wednesday's practice.

Aug 15, 2019 7:58 AM EST

Picks up injury

Harris left Tuesday's practice early due to an apparent injury, Doug Kyed of reports.

Analysis: The nature and severity of Harris' injury remain undisclosed. Phillip Dorsett also departed Tuesday's practice early, leaving a plethora of reps available for depth wideouts Dontrelle Inman, Jakobi Meyers and Braxton Berrios. Harris has impressed in training camp thus far, and is competing for a role in the Patriots' receiving corps.

Aug 14, 2019 9:35 AM EST

Finds paydirt in preseason opener

Harris caught three of five targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 31-3 preseason opening win over the Lions.

Analysis: Harris opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown catch from Brian Hoyer. The former Redskins wideout has just one career regular-season touchdown in three NFL campaigns and has never eclipsed 304 receiving yards in a season, but he's making a case to earn significant playing time in a wide open competition on the outside. This performance was another step in the right direction.

Aug 8, 2019 7:46 PM EST

Looking good in camp

Harris has been a training camp standout thus far, Trevor Hass of the Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Mike Reiss of notes Harris and QB Tom Brady are "developing a bit of a rapport." Beyond entrenched slot ace Julian Edelman and 2019 first-rounder N'Keal Harry, there's not a ton of certainly with regard to how the Patriots' wideout corps will shake out and Harris is making a case for a role in the team's offense to start the coming season. To that end, his main competition for slotting comes in the form of returnee Phillip Dorsett and fellow newcomer Dontrelle Inman. Down the road, Demaryius Thomas (Achilles') could also factor in,when healthy, as could Josh Gordon, if he's eventually reinstated from his suspension. Though Harris isn't a burner, at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he has good size and is viewed as a solid route runner with good hands. That's a combo that could lead to favorable results in 2019, if the 26-year-old's on-field chemistry with Brady continues to grow.

Jul 29, 2019 8:40 AM EST

Making case for roster spot

Harris looked good throughout OTAs and minicamp, Jeff Howe and Nick Underhill of The Athletic report.

Analysis: Howe and Underhill both put Harris on their way-too-early projection for the 53-man roster, while Dontrelle Inman is left off and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is projected for the PUP list. The contracts hint at a slightly different picture, with Inman receiving $300,000 guaranteed and Harris getting just $90,000. The Patriots have a host of wide receivers competing for one or two spots behind Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett and special teamer Matthew Slater. An impressive spring won't mean much if Harris fails to sustain his momentum into training camp and preseason.

Jun 17, 2019 6:25 AM EST

Deal includes $90,000 guaranteed

Harris' one-year, $1 million deal with the Patriots includes $90,000 guaranteed, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old caught 28 passes for 304 yards in 12 games for Washington last season, but after he wasn't offered a contract tender as a restricted free agent, the Patriots swooped in and signed the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder to a low-risk deal that also includes an injury split/waiver. Harris doesn't have blazing speed, but he's viewed as a solid route-runner with good hands, which gives him a chance to build a rapport with QB Tom Brady. Beyond Julian Edelman, there's not much certainly with regard to New England's wideout corps, though on top of the free-agent additions of Harris and Bruce Ellington, we suspect that further moves are forthcoming, either through free agency, the draft or the trade route.

Mar 20, 2019 9:25 AM EST

Joins New England receiving corps

The Patriots have signed Harris, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: The team also signed Bruce Ellington on Thursday, adding further depth to a receiving corps that still needs some beefing up. Harris caught 28 passes for 304 yards in 12 games with Washington last season, with those numbers propped up by the 26-year-old's 10-catch, 124-yard effort in a Week 9 loss to the Falcons. Despite his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, Harris is a candidate to see some slot work with the Patriots, though at this stage, Julian Edelman is the only receiver on the team with a clearly defined role in the offense.

Mar 14, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Not tendered by Redskins

Harris was not tendered by the Redskins and will become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Harris' concussion history may have played a part in Washington's hesitation to re-sign the Cal product, but Harris reportedly is still drawing interest from a "few" teams on the open market. Harris snagged 28 of 47 targets for 304 yards and zero touchdowns in 2018, with his best game coming in Week 9 against Atlanta when Harris corralled 10 passes for a career-high 124 receiving yards.

Mar 13, 2019 2:35 PM EST

Placed on IR

Harris (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: Harris could not clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in time for Sunday's season finale against the Eagles, and has been placed on injured reserve to free up a roster spot. Michael Floyd and Jehu Chesson will benefit from an uptick in targets with Harris sidelined, especially if Josh Doctson (illness) is unable to suit up.

Dec 28, 2018 3:18 PM EST

Will sit season finale

Harris (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Harris was able to progress to a limited practice participant Thursday, but apparently couldn't fully clear the concussion protocol for Sunday's game. With Josh Doctson (illness) listed as questionable, Michael Floyd and Jehu Chesson could be pressed into heavily increased offensive snap counts in Sunday's season finale.

Dec 28, 2018 11:26 AM EST

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