Earlier this month, the Tennessee Titans released 23-year-old Clemson product and reserve running back Jamie Harper, and he has received recent interest, according to a report yesterday from the NFL Network’s Albert Breer. Both the New England Patriots and the New York Giants worked out Harper this week, and that constitutes some good interest for the former Titans RB.
Harper is 5’11”, 233 pounds and could develop into a short-yardage back if he starts playing up to his size. In my opinion, Harper was horrendous in his first two seasons with just over two yards per carry in his career with the Tennessee Titans, but it should be noted that Harper still has upside to be tapped into and could be a decent reclamation project for a team on the practice squad.
To me, it is clear that the Giants are far better off scooping up Harper. The Patriots have a crowded backfield and a talented one with feature back Stevan Ridley, explosive pass-catcher Shane Vereen, returner Leon Washington, bruiser Brandon Bolden, and former 1,000-yard rusher LeGarrette Blount. The Patriots already have a tough decision to ponder at the running back position, and they have younger guys like Akeem Shavers looking to try and make a mark on the Pats RB situation and get on the practice squad. It makes no sense for the Patriots to pursue a back like Harper, and this is because of the Patriots depth and the fact that Harper showed nothing in two seasons in Tennessee.
Meanwhile, the Giants don’t have the depth the Patriots have at the running back position, and they could afford to sign a project player to the p-squad in a guy like Jamie Harper.
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