N’Keal Harry Rookie Season Recap

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 17: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots gestures during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots picked N’Keal Harry with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. This is the N’Keal Harry Rookie Season Recap.

N’Keal Harry’s Junior Year 

N’Keal Harry went to Arizona State University in his collegiate career and played like a superstar. In his junior year, Harry received nine touchdowns, 1088 yards, and 73 receptions. He fell in the NFL draft all the way to pick number 32. The Patriots needed a receiver who can be a deep ball threat. Harry fell all the way to the end of the first round, where the Patriots snatched him up with the 32nd pick in the NFL draft. 

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Nov 25, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver N’Keal Harry (1) catches a third-quarter touchdown pass against Arizona Wildcats cornerback Jace Whittaker (17) during the Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason Injury

In the preseason, Harry suffered an ankle injury that would put him onto injury reserved for almost two-thirds of the season. Harry was going to be a star wide receiver for the Patriots until his ankle injury held him back. Harry would return from his injury, but not until later in the season. He was behind the rest of the team mentally and physically after his return from the injury. 

N’Keal Harry’s Return 

N’Keal Harry returned to the football field in week 11 of the regular season. It was clear that Tom Brady and N’Keal did not have the chemistry yet, but we saw glimpses of potential between the two players. In a couple of games he played in, Harry received two touchdowns, 105 receiving yards, and twelve receptions. He played well for a young receiver who had just come off of a significant injury. If Brady returns in free agency, we could see a young Randy Moss type of player with Brady once again. 

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New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry (15) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt (57) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Conclusion

Harry had a decent rookie season for the games that he had played. Given more time and experience, Harry will be a potential top receiver in the NFL someday. My grade for N’Keal Harry is a B+ because of how well he did in the games that he played in. If he had been healthy all season and learned the playbook, then he would have been utilized more often this season.


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