Josh McDaniels: I need to get N'Keal Harry the ball more

Ryan Hannable
December 10, 2019 - 3:27 pm
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Even though it's Week 15, the Patriots are still figuring out what they do best on offense, and part of that is still making adjustments.

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According to Josh McDaniels, part of that is getting rookie wide out N'Keal Harry the ball more.

Harry played just two offensive snaps against the Chiefs Sunday and in his four games this season he's totaled just five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. He could have had another touchdown Sunday, but he was ruled to have stepped out at the three-yard line and the Patriots were out of challenges.

"Certainly, he made a great individual effort, broke a tackle and then had good balance there to finish the play and give us an opportunity to score," McDaniels said on a conference call Tuesday. "He’s a big guy; he’s not easy to get to the ground. Certainly, when you have players like that, it comes back to how can you get him the football in those situations understanding that there’s a level of diminishing returns if you try to keep doing the same things over and over again, meaning there’s only so many times you can hand a player that’s not a running back the ball, there’s only so many times you can throw the ball behind the line of scrimmage. Whatever those are – slants, unders, etc. – those plays are all productive plays when you have a guy that can do something with it. Brandon Bolden is another one. He had the ball in his hands the other night and did a good job of making a play.

"So yeah, he definitely had a great individual effort. We know he’s big and not easy to tackle, and like I said, I need to do a better job of finding ways to get him in space, get him the ball and letting him have an opportunity to do those things."

He added: "He works his butt off every day in practice. He’s here early, he’s here late and he’s trying to close the ground on being able to go out there and understand who he’s playing against and what he needs to do to be successful. There’s no shortcut to all that – we know that. I think he’s got a great attitude. I think that he has a skill set that can certainly help us produce and win, and like I said, I need to do a better job of trying to find a way to get him the ball and get him involved so that he can do some of those things and do more of them."

Harry and the Patriots will take on the Bengals Sunday afternoon.

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