Patriots WR Julian Edelman speaks out on mentoring N’Keal Harry
For the first time in over two decades, the New England Patriots used a first-round draft pick on a wide receiver, taking Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry with the 32nd overall selection back in April.
With the Patriots’ receiving corps very thin overall, big things are expected from Harry in his rookie campaign, and veteran wide out Julian Edelman is mentoring the youngster.
“I had teammates that help you, and then you had teammates that didn’t, and I like to be known as a guy that helped you,” said Edelman, according to Zack Cox of NESN.
New England’s offseason got off to a rocky start, as long-time tight end Rob Gronkowski retired and wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan departed via free agency. Plus, wide out Josh Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension.
So, obviously, the Pats were in desperate need of some help in the passing game, hence the selection of Harry.
The Patriots also signed receivers Demaryius Thomas and Dontrelle Inman, but Thomas is coming off of a torn Achilles and Inman caught just 28 passes with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, so they will need all they can get from Harry in his first NFL season.
Luckily for Harry, he has a Patriots mainstay in Edelman to assist him along the way.
New England is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which it won 11 games and captured its 10th straight AFC East division title. The Pats then went on to defeat the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth Super Bowl title.