Patriots activate N’Keal Harry off injured reserve
The New England Patriots continue to remake their wide receiver corps. On Saturday, the organization officially activated rookie first-round pick N’Keal Harry off of the injured reserve, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Harry missed much of training camp with an ankle injury. He played in just three snaps in the preseason before the Patriots ultimately chose to place him on the injured reserve. It is unknown as to if New England will opt to play him on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Coming out of Arizona State, Harry drew comparisons to Anquan Boldin for his physical nature and YAC ability. Others, such as NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, saw a player similar to Allen Robinson due to his proficiency as a contested catcher.
Harry measured in at 6-2, 228-pounds at the NFL Combine. He recorded a 4.53-second 40-yard-dash, 27 bench press reps, 38.5-inch vertical and a 122-inch broad jump. Many, including himself, feel he was measured short, as he believes he is more in the 6-4 range.
In three seasons as a Sun Devil, Harry racked up 213 receptions for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns. As a junior in 2018, he reeled in 73 catches for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. He also scored on a punt return.
The Patriots have shuffled through receivers in 2019. From Antonio Brown to Josh Gordon, the team has lacked consistency at outside receiver. The hope is that Harry will be able to change that. Though he doesn’t boast any NFL experience, his knack for treading out yards and catching 50/50 balls could do him well immediately.