Josh McDaniels: N'Keal Harry did some good things in NFL debut

Ryan Hannable
November 19, 2019 - 12:25 pm

N'Keal Harry finally made his NFL debut Sunday against the Eagles where the rookie finished with three receptions on four targets for 18 yards.

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After playing just seven snaps in the first half, he played much more in the second half when Phillip Dorsett was forced to leave the game with a head injury.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels seemed pleased with Harry's debut, but also noted there are things he can improve on.

“It was good to get him out there and into the game," he said. "I thought he was ready to play. He had a good week of practice last week. In any rookie's first opportunity to play in the National Football League, there’s probably going to be some good and then some things to work on that you learn from those experiences in the game. There’s no way you can simulate that in practice or walkthroughs or what have you. To go in there in the game and compete against other players in that situation under pressure, I think it is a great experience and great exposure for him. He made a few catches for us and helped us move the ball. He tried to block in the run game effectively and did a decent job there.

"At the same time, there’s definitely things we’ve been able to see through the film (that) we’ll improve on and he’ll work towards being better as we go forward. Every rookie starts in the same spot when you’re going out there for the first time. You’re excited to play. You’re eager to go out there and help your team make an impact and I thought he did some good things. And there’s definitely some things we can work on going forward to make N’Keal a better player and help our offense even more.”

Harry will get his next chance this Sunday at home against the Cowboys and if Dorsett is out once again, Harry could see No. 3 receiver snaps.


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