N’Keal Harry finally played in his first regular season game and the first round draft pick looked good. The rookie didn’t have a huge game, and that was expected, but he did make a few grabs which was a great sign for this offense.
Harry missed a lot of time and development by being on IR for most of the year, but he jumped right into yesterday’s game ready to go. Brady hit Harry for his first reception as a professional and Harry was fired up about it after the game.
Harry didn’t have an amazing stat line, he caught three balls on four targets for 18 yards. The rookie showed he’s capable of doing his job and making the plays needed. This was his first NFL regular season start so I expect his numbers to increase each week. Harry also seems like he’s a team first player ready to contribute to this offense.
Harry’s role in this offense might be bigger than anyone thought with the Patriots suffering more injuries. Sanu was hurt yesterday, along with Phillip Dorsett, we’ll have to wait and see the severity of those injuries. Julian Edelman has been playing hurt all season so Harry’s role could be a big one.
Jakobi Meyers, Harry’s fellow rookie WR could see more playing time as well due to these injuries, he spoke about Harry postgame. “It showed that he was ready to handle it, he was preparing all this time mentally, he hasn’t just been on vacation.” Both rookies will hopefully turn this offense around with the veterans moving forward. As for N’Keal himself he had some postgame comments about his debut. “It was great just to be finally out there and see what it’s like, I’ve got a lot to work on, and a lot to focus on moving forward.”
Brady, frustrated about his offense, talked about his newest weapon saying, “N’keal has worked hard. He got some opportunities yesterday. Just trying to get him up to speed.” Tom would really love for this one to work out.
With Harry now back and Wynn coming this weekend the offense should look more like the offense of old. So far so good for the rookie N’Keal Harry.