Bill Belichick: N’Keal Harry ‘competed well,’ will learn from NFL debut

Andy Hart
November 18, 2019 - 11:47 am

Patriots' first-round pick N’Keal Harry made his NFL debut Sunday evening in New England’s 17-10 win in Philadelphia.

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The former ASU star receiver’s first taste of regular season action – he missed the first half of the season on injured reserve with a leg injury – saw him play 32 snaps (43-percent) against the Eagles.

He caught three of the four passes thrown his way by Tom Brady for 18 yards, including a 11-yard long.

Harry probably got a few extra chances to dip his toe in NFL waters thanks to veteran Phillip Dorsett leaving the game with a head injury on his 15-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Afterwards, Harry said it was “great to finally be out there.”

A day later, Bill Belichick had a seemingly optimistic assessment of his top pick’s debut.

“I thought N’Keal competed well,” Belichick said in his Monday morning conference call. “There were some good things. There were some other things that we’ll have to clean up and improve on. But it’s good to have him out there, good for him to get an opportunity to play. But there are certainly a lot of things that he can learn from that game and he can improve on, which we all can, but especially for his first regular season game. Again, there were some positive things and there were some corrections, too."

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