N’Keal Harry already missing training is bad for his development
The WR N’Keal Harry Patriots are already missing practice is a bad sign.
If the New England Patriots have any hope of qualifying for the playoffs and potentially advancing further than last year, their offense will need to escalate significantly. Fortunately for them, the arrival of Cam Newton could really prove to raise the ceiling of the group.
As for the wide receiver position, Julian Edelman just can’t be relied on as much as he was in 2019. We’re not saying the 34-year-old isn’t capable of have another great year – he recorded 100 receptions for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns last season – but having another player up to the occasion would really help create more balance on offense.
This is what makes N’Keal Harry’s sophomore campaign so crucial. Unfortunately for the 2019 first-round pick, it was a surprise absence at the last Patriots practice. We hate to be alarmist, but if that’s a sign of things to come, Harry’s development could derail for the second consecutive preseason.
It wasn’t just this session either. The latest New England buzz suggests Harry was absent at the three of the team’s practice this week. What is so concerning about this story is that no one has been able to gather information about him.
We’re not going to speculate, but it’s worth mentioning that the Arizona State product suffered an ankle injury during training camp last year and then was placed on the wounded reserve, which put him on the sidelines for the first seven weeks of the season. To say this hampered his development would be an understatement as he fell down the receiver’s pecking order before returning.
In seven games (five starts), Harry compiled 12 receptions for 105 yards and two scores. The 22-year-old has certainly shown his potential as a rookie, but for a second-year player desperate to build a relationship with a new quarterback, that’s not a good sign.
We’re not saying Patriots fans should hit the panic button just yet, but Harry will need to return to the pitch in the next few days to have our concerns allayed. Heck, even an update on his status would suffice.