N’Keal Harry outplayed by undrafted rookie receiver in Patriots training camp
The New England Patriots have been long known as one of the better organizations in the NFL. Through savvy contract moves and usually elite drafting, New England has kept themselves in title contention for decades. But this past April, Bill Belichick may have made a rare mistake with his first-round selection. Reports after the first week of training camp have an undrafted receiver outplaying highly touted rookie N’Keal Harry.
According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, Jakobi Meyers has been showing out through the first week of camp for New England:
Undrafted free agent WR Jakobi Meyers has consistently made plays in competitive situations. Has out-performed N'Keal although again, we're just a week in. #Patriots
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 1, 2019
Meyers went undrafted last April despite a strong college career at NC State. Before the NFL Scouting Combine, it was presumed Meyers would be taken in the later rounds, but a poor showing at the Combine had him quickly dropping off of draft boards. If he ends up making the Patriots’ roster, he’ll likely get snaps as a special teamer and a depth wideout.
The real cause for concern is the level of Harry’s play. He was drafted with the last pick in the first round out of Arizona State University.
The Patriots were severely lacking playmakers, so this seemed like a perfect fit. Harry is expected to start outside for the Pats, despite these reports.
Assuming the former Sun Devil maintains his first-round pedigree, he is expected to round out the receiving corps for New England. A group with Harry, Julian Edelman, and Demaryius Thomas would certainly be hard to handle for opponents, as the Patriot offense usually is.