N'Keal Harry

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

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


Suits up Sunday

Harry (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Harry headed into Week 11 listed as questionable, but he suited up for the Patriots' loss to the Texans, logging 52 of a possible 69 snaps on offense, en route to catching five of his eight targets for 41 yards. With Damiere Byrd and Jakobi Meyers in line to see their share of targets Sunday and Donte Moncrief also in the mix, Harry continues to profile as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in what has been an inconsistent New England passing offense.

Nov 29, 2020 8:42 AM EST


Listed as questionable this week

Harry (shoulder) is one of 13 New England players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Last week, Harry was one of 11 New England players listed as questionable, but he suited up for the team's loss to the Texans, catching five of his eight targets for 41 yards in the process. We'd expect the 2019 first-rounder to be a go once again for Sunday's 1:00 ET tilt, but he remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option in the context of working in the Patriots' inconsistent passing offense.

Nov 27, 2020 2:53 PM EST


Limited Wednesday

Harry (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Harry was one of 11 players listed as limited by the Patriots on Wednesday, but he finished up last week with a limited session as well, before suiting up for the team's loss to the Texans, en route to catching five of his eight targets for 41 yards. With no reported setbacks since then, it seems likely that Harry's listed limitations to start the week are maintenance-related.

Nov 25, 2020 3:21 PM EST


Five catches in loss

Harry (shoulder) caught five of eight targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Harry posted his second-best receiving yardage total as Cam Newton threw for his second-highest yardage total this season. Both the receiver and quarterback had their best respective performances in Week 2 against the Seahawks, but Newton has failed to top 300 yards outside of these two games, and Harry hasn't broken 40 otherwise, so the 2019 first-round pick becomes an afterthought unless Newton is at the top of his game. Given his limited involvement most weeks, Harry will be tough to trust against Arizona in Week 12.

Nov 22, 2020 2:25 PM EST


Active Sunday

Harry (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Harry, who's logged 19 catches (on 32 targets) for 172 yards and a TD in seven games to date, wasn't targeted in Week 10's win over the Ravens, despite being on the field for 60 percent of his team's snaps on offense. He's therefore a hit-or-miss fantasy option until he reestablishes his on-field chemistry with QB Cam Newton.

Nov 22, 2020 8:39 AM EST


Added to injury report Friday

Harry (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans after logging a limited practice Friday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Harry, who's one of 15 Patriots players listed as questionable this week, was added to the team's injury report Friday, but Kyed notes that we should have a better sense of which New England players will suit up in Week 11 by Saturday, given that those who don't make the trip to Houston will be ruled out. Harry, who's recorded 19 catches for 172 yards a TD in seven games this season, wasn't targeted in the this past Sunday's win over the Ravens, despite being on the field for 60 percent of his team's snaps on offense.

Nov 20, 2020 2:21 PM EST


No targets in return

Harry wasn't targeted in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: In his return to action following a two-game absence, Harry logged 35 of a possible 58 snaps on offense, while Jakobi Meyers recorded 57 and Damiere Byrd was out there for 42 snaps. While he didn't make an impact as a pass-catcher Sunday, Harry did make his mark as a blocker. He'll look to get more involved in the offense next weekend against the Texans, but for now it's Meyers who's emerged as QB Cam Newton's favorite receiver, with Julian Edelman (knee) on IR.

Nov 16, 2020 11:26 AM EST


Back after two-game absence

Harry (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Ravens, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harry, who has missed back-to-back contests, is out there if you need him Sunday, but it remains to be seen how heavily he'll be targeted in his return to action. In Harry's absence, Jakobi Meyers has developed a strong rapport with QB Cam Newton, plus with Damiere Byrd and newcomer Isaiah Ford also in the mix, Harry's not a lock to see heavy volume Sunday. In the six games he's played this season, the 2019 first-rounder has caught 19 passes (on 32 targets) for 172 yards and a touchdown.

Nov 15, 2020 3:59 PM EST


One of 17 listed as questionable

Harry (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Ravens after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Harry, who has missed back-to-back contests, is one of 17 players listed as questionable by the Patriots. His practice participation all week suggests that he could return to action this weekend, but his team's 8:20 ET kickoff Sunday night adds a layer of risk for those inclined to wait things out on the Week 10 status of the 2019 first-rounder.

Nov 13, 2020 2:23 PM EST


Logs limited practice

Harry (concussion) was listed as limited at practice Wednesday, Andrew Callahan of Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Harry is back on the field after missing two games and will look to gain medical clearance in advance of Sunday's game against the Ravens. His potential return, as well as the addition of Isaiah Ford bolsters a wide receiver corps that's been led of late by Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd. In six games to date, Harry has caught 19 passes (on 32 targets) for 172 yards and a TD. Once he's back in action, the 2019 first-rounder will look to pick up the pace in an offense that could use another reliable pass-catching option, with Julian Edelman (knee) on IR and the team getting limited production from its tight end corps.

Nov 11, 2020 1:35 PM EST


Present at Wednesday's practice

Harry (concussion) is present at Wednesday's practice, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Harry has missed back-to-back games while nursing a concussion. His presence at Wednesday's walk-through session is at least somewhat encouraging, though it remains to be seen whether Harry has progressed enough to actually resume participating at practice in some capacity.

Nov 11, 2020 11:21 AM EST


Not playing Monday

Harry (concussion) has been ruled out ahead of Monday's game against the Patriots, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't have come as much surprise considering the Harry did not practice all week. Once again, Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd will be the top two pass catchers for the Patriots entering Monday's contest.

Nov 7, 2020 2:09 PM EST


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