How Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is improving this offseason

Ryan Hannable
May 26, 2020 - 10:08 am

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal didn't have the greatest of rookie seasons.

The first-round pick missed half the season after starting the year on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury suffered over the summer and could never really get on the same page as Tom Brady.

The Arizona State product finished with 12 catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns in seven games, but by the looks of things Harry is doing whatever he can to make sure 2020 is different.

He's working with Rischad Whitfield in Houston, who is known for improving players' footwork.

“Whitfield feels like (Harry) plays too slow," NFL Media's Mike Giardi said Monday. "He sinks his hips, he gets low to the ground and that puts him in quicksand and slows him down. So, what they’re trying to do is work on functional mobility, maybe less time in the weight room. Trying to get him better off a release, better off the top of the route. And of course, be quicker.

"… With his skill and ability to catch the football, he should be a lot better in Year 2.”

Harry figures to play a much bigger role in 2020, especially considering the team did not draft a wide receiver, or add a big name via free agency. The potential is also there for him to connect better with Jarrett Stidham than he did with Brady.

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