Patriots’ Bill Belichick reacts to N’Keal Harry’s NFL debut
New England Patriots rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry made his professional debut on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, recording three receptions for 18 yards in the victory. His head coach, Bill Belichick, spoke about the first-year wideout’s performance following the win.
Per Henry McKenna in USA Today Sports’ Patriots Wire:
“I thought N’Keal competed well,” coach Bill Belichick said in his Monday morning conference call. “There were some good things. There were some other things that we’ll have to clean up and improve on. But it’s good to have him out there, good for him to get an opportunity to play. But there are certainly a lot of things that he can learn from that game and he can improve on, which we all can, but especially for his first regular season game. Again, there were some positive things and there were some corrections, too.”
Harry, who was selected with the last pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Arizona State, missed a good chunk of his rookie season due to an ankle injury suffered during his first training camp with New England. The 21-year-old receiver, at 6-foot-4, spoke about his own performance, too, in the immediate aftermath (per Mike Giardi and via Patriots Wire):
“I played the plays I expect myself to make, but I’ve got a lot to work on,” he said in the locker room after the game. “I haven’t really looked at the film yet, so it’s hard assessed (how I played in Dorsett’s absence) yet. I know there’s lots of things I wish I could have done better in that game, so that’s just going to be my main focus going forward.”