Which area of N'Keal Harry's game does he feel has already improved in short time with Patriots?

Ryan Hannable
May 24, 2019 - 8:38 am

FOXBORO -- Patriots first-round pick N'Keal Harry was one of the biggest standouts in Thursday's OTA session.

The rookie wide receiver made several contested catches in 11-on-11 work and showcased his ability to go up and catch the football. While it's just OTAs and Tom Brady wasn't the one throwing the passes, it was a good first impression.

Speaking afterwards, Harry acknowledged one part of his game has already improved in his short time in New England -- his route-running.

"I've seen myself improve on route-running already within the first three days, so I'm just going to keep listening to him and keep that same approach and that same mindset coming into practice every day," he said.

Harry added: “I’ve just been working on my craft. Coaches have just been trying to show me different techniques to help me get open, so I’m just trying to apply that every day when I come out here.”

The Arizona State product admitted the only interaction he's had with Brady since being drafted has been on social media and he hasn't yet spoken to him in person, but that will change in a few weeks for mandatory minicamp.

In addition to running routes on the outside, he moved inside on a few, including catching a touchdown pass on a slant.

"That's just my job," he said. "As a wide receiver, my job is just to get separation, get open and catch the ball. So that's my main focus every time I step out there on every play I take part in."

As for his role come the regular season, Harry has a chance to emerge as the No. 2 receiver if everything works out and would then likely be asked to line up both outside and in the slot, which is something he feels comfortable doing.

"Most definitely. I just want to do whatever I can to be successful and to help the team win," he said. "Whatever coach asks of me, I'll do it, whether that's on the inside, whether that's in the slot. If they want to put me in the backfield, it doesn't matter. I'll do whatever I need to do."

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