Patriots WR N’Keal Harry expected to make debut vs. Eagles
The New England Patriots have swapped through many wide receivers in 2019. On Sunday, they will play one that they hope is a main-stay in their lineup: first-round rookie N’Keal Harry.
According to Mike Giardi of NFL Network, Harry is expected to make his NFL debut against the Philadelphia Eagles. Harry, a former Arizona State Sundevil, has practiced since Oct. 15 and was placed on the active roster in Week 9 but did not dress.
Harry missed most of training camp with an ankle injury. He played in three preseason snaps before New England chose to place him on the injured reserve.
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. Coming out of Tempe, many viewed the wide-out as a player comparable to Anquan Boldin due to his physicality, YAC presence and ability to win at the highest point. Though, he did struggle to win against the press in college — his biggest knock.
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 hauled in 73 catches for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. He also scored on a punt return.
For New England, the hope is that Harry can stick at outside wide receiver. The team has shuffled through star veterans, including Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon, but have not found a consistent threat.
He will team up with Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers for a rookie year Super Bowl push.