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N'Keal Harry

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #1
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #1
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N'Keal Harry News

Officially on IR

Harry (shoulder) has been placed on IR by the Patriots.

Analysis: As a result, the 2019 first-rounder won't be eligible to return to action until Week 4 at the earliest, however a stint on IR will give the wideout the time that he needs to recover from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him of late. Once Harry makes his way back to the active roster, he'll bolster a New England wideout corps that currently features Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne. Harry's chances of emerging as a fantasy option at that point will hinge largely on the aforementioned trio's health and level of effectiveness, as well as his ability to quickly gain chemistry with rookie starting QB Mac Jones.

Sep 2, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Headed for IR

The Patriots will place Harry (shoulder) on IR, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: As a result, the wideout won't be eligible to return to action until Week 4, at the earliest, but a stint on IR should give Harry the time he needs to recover from a shoulder injury. Once healthy, the 2019 first-rounder will rejoin a New England wideout corps currently headed by Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne.

Sep 1, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Expected to miss time

Harry (shoulder) is expected to miss about four weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Under that timetable, it doesn't look like Harry will be available for Week 1 action and if his injury is slow to heal, it's possible that he could spend some time on IR out of the gate this season. When healthy, the 2019 first-rounder will look to carve out a role in the Patriots' wideout corps behind Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne.

Aug 21, 2021 10:19 AM EST

No structural damage in shoulder

Harry doesn't have any structural damage in his left shoulder, but his recovery timeline is week-to-week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Harry landed on the shoulder after he was unable to haul in a Mac Jones pass down the left sideline late in the first half of Thursday's preseason win at Philadelphia. Afterward, Harry was seen with his left arm in a sling, which was a precaution, according to Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus. A period of rest has been ordered up for Harry, so it appears he may not be a consideration for game action until the regular-season opener Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Dolphins.

Aug 20, 2021 4:40 PM EST

Seen in sling

Harry (undisclosed) was seen leaving Lincoln Financial Field in a sling following Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harry left the contest late in the first half after laying out in an attempt to make a catch deep down the field. He landed hard on his left shoulder, though the team has yet to provide any information on his status. That Harry was wearing a sling confirms that the injury was to his upper body, though more information should emerge in the coming days.

Aug 19, 2021 8:14 PM EST

Hits locker room early

Harry (undisclosed) went to the locker room late in the first half of Thursday's preseason contest at Philadelphia, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harry laid out and was unable to haul in a pass from Mac Jones, after which he landed hard on his left shoulder and remained on the turf for a spell. Following a brief visit to the sideline medical tent, Harry went to the locker room with the medical staff. The nature of his injury hasn't been divulged, but if he's unable to return he'll finish preseason Week 2 with one catch (on two targets) for 19 yards.

Aug 19, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Strong effort in camp

Harry has looked sharp in practice of late Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: Cox notes that the 2019 first-rounder "followed up his promising performance Tuesday by catching all six targets he saw in competitive team drills" during Wednesday's practice. Though Harry requested a trade last month, he reported for training camp on time, and thus far his on-field effort has been encouraging. While the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is probably behind Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne in the Patriots' wideout pecking order at this time, Harry could move up the ladder if he continues to shine in training camp, or alternatively if injuries end up factoring into the equation.

Aug 4, 2021 10:55 AM EST

Participating in training camp

Harry, who requested a trade earlier this month, is in attendance for New England's training camp, Nick Shook of reports.

Analysis: While it's still possible that the 2019 first-rounder could be moved, the 23-year-old indicated Friday that he'd "absolutely" be happy if he ended up staying with the team, noting that's been focusing on improving his agility, as opposed to "playing big." At this stage, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder presumably slots in behind Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne on the Patriots' wideout depth chart, but a strong summer and/or injuries could lead to a context that would allow Harry to stick around and potentially carve out a key role in the team's offense.

Jul 31, 2021 8:13 AM EST

Likely attending camp

Harry plans to attend Patriots' training camp if he's still with the team, NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports.

Analysis: Harry's agent requested a trade last week, but it doesn't sound like the 2019 first-round pick will hold out if the Patriots keep him around. The team isn't likely to get much in a deal, considering Harry has caught just 45 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns in 21 NFL games. There isn't much cap benefit to releasing him, but the Patriots could clear up $1.4 million if they're able to work out a trade.

Jul 13, 2021 7:08 AM EST

Asking for trade

Harry's agent has requested a trade, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Patriots' busy offseason suggests they aren't expecting much from Harry, as the team signed WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in addition to TEs Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. With Jakobi Meyers also returning and reportedly looking like the No. 1 receiver at spring practices, Harry might be only fourth or fifth on the depth chart when training camp opens. The 32nd overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft has been a huge disappointment through two years, producing only 9.2 yards per catch and 5.4 YPT on 81 targets (21 games). Injuries and poor QB play have contributed to the struggles, but Harry's inability to get open has been just as much of a problem.

Jul 6, 2021 11:37 AM EST

Practices Wednesday

Harry (calf) practiced Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harry, who appeared to tweak his right calf Tuesday, was back on the field Wednesday, with no protective wrap on his lower leg. The 2019 first-rounder will now strive to maintain the momentum he'd recently been building at practice. At this stage, he's probably behind Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers in the Patriots' wideout pecking order, but Harry's size (6-4, 225 pounds) and ability to make contested catches give him a degree of red-zone upside, and he'll look to cement a role in the team's offense with a strong showing this summer.

Jun 16, 2021 9:56 AM EST

Tweaks his calf Tuesday

Harry appeared to tweak his right calf during Tuesday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if this is an issue that might hamper the wideout beyond Tuesday, but Harry, who "had been building momentum this week," can ill-afford a lengthy setback, as he attempts to solidify his role in the Patriots offense following the team's offseason additions of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne via free agency. With returnee Jakobi Meyers also in the mix, Harry is currently competing for depth slotting with Gunner Olszewski, Marvin Hall, Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson, Tre Nixon and Devin Smith. Since being taken in the first round of 2019 draft, Harry has yet to establish himself as a consistent threat in the team's attack, and the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder may have to look sharp this summer just to retain his roster spot.

Jun 15, 2021 12:23 PM EST

May need to fight for roster spot

Harry could be forced to fight for a 53-man roster spot with second-year undrafted wideouts Isaiah Zuber and Kristian Wilkerson, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: It's certainly been a steep fall from grace for Harry, who was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He's also been the discussion of trade talks this offseason, so it's possible New England will elect to move on from him if they don't like what they see and Harry will get a fresh start elsewhere. If he ends up sticking in New England, Harry is far from a sure bet to see regular reps during the 2021 season.

Jun 14, 2021 10:34 AM EST

Discussed in trade talks

Teams have reached out to the Patriots to discuss acquiring Harry in a trade, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Kevin Patra.

Analysis: Harry and Marquise Brown were the two wide receivers selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, coming off the board before the likes of A.J. Brown, DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel, Diontae Johnson and Terry McLaurin. While perhaps a bust relative to his classmates, Harry hasn't exactly been put in the best position to thrive, learning a complicated offense while dealing with injuries and poor QB play. It isn't clear if the Patriots are inclined to give him another shot, but it sounds like there will be some interest if they decide to shop him.

Mar 10, 2021 11:23 AM EST

Catches 33 passes in 2020

Harry finished the 2020 season with 33 catches on 57 targets for 309 yards and two TDs in 14 games.

Analysis: Harry, who the Patriots took 32nd overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, approached the campaign poised for an expanded role, but that opportunity didn't lead to significant production for the 6-4, 225-pounder. As the second wideout taken in his draft year, we'd assume that Harry will be given the chance to compete for a key role in the Patriots offense in 2021, but given how disappointing the team's passing attack was this past year, context-changing personnel moves are upcoming. In any case, Harry's size and ability to make contested catches give him a degree of red-zone upside, but he'll have much to prove in his third season as a pro before he can be viewed as a reliable fantasy option.

Jan 5, 2021 2:51 PM EST

One catch Monday

Harry caught one of his four targets for three yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: On the heels of back-to-back one-catch efforts, Harry will look to bounce back in Week 17 versus the Jets. However, with 31 catches (on 55 targets) for 292 yards and two TDs in 13 games overall this season, the 2019 first-rounder has yet to establish himself as a viable fantasy lineup option.

Dec 29, 2020 6:36 AM EST

Manages one catch against Phins

Harry caught one of two targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The second-year man was coming off one of his better showings of the season with a 49-yard receiving output against the Rams last Thursday night, but he responded by posting another subpar outing. Harry has exceeded 40 receiving yards on three occasions this season, but conversely, he's also been held to 15 or fewer yards six different times. The Arizona State product was also blanked in the catches department Weeks 6, 10 and 12, rendering him a shaky option for a Week 16 home test against Buffalo.

Dec 20, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Leads pass catchers in loss

Harry brought in three of four targets for 49 yards in the Patriots' 24-3 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Analysis: Harry paced the Patriots in receiving yardage, but on a night when Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham threw for only 146 yards overall, that didn't amount to a notable figure. The second-year wideout's yardage tally was his best since Week 2, but the fact Harry also has a pair of catch-less efforts in his last five games underscores how unreliable his production can be. However, with Jarrett Stidham having replaced an ineffective Cam Newton late in Thursday night's loss, the possibility exists that Harry gains a more accurate passer for a Week 15 matchup versus the Dolphins on Dec. 20.

Dec 10, 2020 9:16 PM EST

Posts TD in rout of Chargers

Harry collected two of three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 45-0 win against the Chargers.

Analysis: Harry posted his second TD of the 2020 campaign during Week 13, a reasonable total considering that his starting quarterback has only managed five scores through the air all season. The second-year man has occasionally enjoyed high-volume weeks, collecting six-plus targets four times, with eight targets in a game as recently as Week 11. His 26 receptions and 228 receiving yards have already more than doubled his rookie outputs, as Harry heads into a Week 14 matchup against the Rams' top-rated pass defense.

Dec 8, 2020 4:19 PM EST

Blanked on three targets

Harry (shoulder) didn't catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 20-17 win over Arizona.

Analysis: Cam Newton threw for just 84 yards, with only 52 of those going to Jakobi Meyers. Meyers and Damiere Byrd (three catches for 33 yards) have both surpassed Harry in New England's wide receiver pecking order, while the 2019 first-round pick has eclipsed 50 yards just once all season heading into a Week 13 road matchup against the Chargers.

Nov 29, 2020 2:59 PM EST

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