Tom Brady indicates expectations should be lowered for N'Keal Harry

Ryan Hannable
June 07, 2019 - 4:14 pm
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FOXBORO -- A lot is expected of Patriots rookie wide out N'Keal Harry.

The No. 32 overall selection had a strong first OTA session open to the media and then was shown on social media at the Tom Brady compound working out with Julian Edelman and the 41-year-old quarterback. Given he's the first receiver ever selected by Bill Belichick in the first round and he's been invited to work out at Brady's home, many expect him to make an immediate impact.

But, when speaking following mandatory minicamp Thursday, Brady noted how hard it is to transition from the college game to the NFL, and sometimes expectations are higher than they should be.

"I think like anyone, he’s working and we’re trying to use the time to talk about different routes and there’s so many different things to learn," Brady said. "I always say when someone’s 22, in some ways it’s a disservice the way they get treated because everyone expects them to come in and just take what they did in college and replicate it in the pros. And in reality, it’s a totally different game. It’s really hard to get acclimated to these environments to go from an amateur to being a professional is entirely different.

"Like all of us who were 21 or 22 at one time, the difference when you’re older and have experience, the level of comfort, knowing exactly what the expectations are is very important. It’s just a work in progress. I think all of us are trying to learn each other, trying to learn the offense and we put all these moving parts together and it takes time to forge relationships but you do it through a lot of repetition and a lot of communication and that’s the time of year that we’re in."

While Harry displayed his athleticism this week and the ability to make contested catches, he did seem to still be grasping the playbook and the precise routes that need to be run in the Patriots offense. Numerous times he was spoken to by either Josh McDaniels or Joe Judge to correct what he did wrong.

This isn’t a bad thing as he’s only been in the system a month and it’s just June. It’s better to get all the mistakes corrected now prior to training camp and the preseason.

“Like any rookie, I think there’s a lot to learn, there’s a lot of things happening,” Brady said. “Like all of us, we’re just working every day to try to get better. And he’s going to, I’m going to, Jules [Julian Edelman] is going to – he’s got a lot of good people in his room, lot of veterans that he can depend. We still have a long way to go and he’s going to learn every day so the more we do the better.”

The Patriots wide receiver depth chart current has Edelman, Harry, Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman, Braxton Berrios, Demaryius Thomas, Damoun Patterson, Gunner Olszewski, Jakobi Meyers and Ryan Davis.

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