Chicago Bears tight end Demetrius Harris is ready to have a breakout season in 2020.
The Bears brought in several different tight ends this offseason, including Jimmy Graham to help improve the offense. All the talk has been about Graham, and not have talked about Harris, probably for good reason because he has never had more than 18 catches in a season.
Harris played for the Kansas City Chiefs before coming to the Bears, so Matt Nagy is familiar with him, something that he believes will help.
“That’s something I know I can do,” Harris said, via ProFootballTalk. “And I know a coach that believed in me and knows I can do it too. (He has) seen me through the years that I’ve been coming up in K.C. and has seen the growth in me. So yeah, I most definitely can do it and I’m going to do it. …I am ready for anything that comes my way.”
Harris was always behind Travis Kelce when he was apart of the Chiefs, something he thinks has caused many to overlook him. With a bigger role and still a lot left in the tank, he is ready for a breakout season.
“I was a No. 2 tight end since I’ve been in the league, and I feel like I really haven’t gotten an opportunity,” Harris said. “But at the end of the day, I was under (Travis) Kelce, so I learned a lot from him. We both came in at the same time, so he mastered the offense and I saw how he mastered it, and he did little tweaks in the offense. So I know all the little tweaks and all the good stuff to be successful in this offense.
“I feel like I got a lot in the tank,” he said. “I haven’t had real injuries. With this offense that I know, I love. I’m so happy to be back in this offense because I was in and out. I just learned from the best, learned from Coach Reid, him teaching it because he used to teach the install. And then I know (Matt) Nagy got it. He showed it. Just coming in to help and be the spark and do whatever they need to me to do. Basically, that’s what I need to do.”
Harris's best season in terms of yards was in 2017 when he caught 18 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. Each of the last two seasons he hasn't had as many yards, but he has caught three touchdown passes. The Bears need as many playmakers as possible, so if Harris can be a standout, that helps the Bears a lot.