Michael Irvin has an invitation for Patriots WR N’Keal Harry.
Some New England Patriots fans consider N’Keal Harry a bust despite the fact the 22-year-old has only played in 17 career NFL games. Yeah, expectations are high when your team is a powerhouse for 20 straight years.
We’ll admit that Harry has been very unimpressive, but when you consider his rookie season started late because he was placed on IR, he was never able to develop a relationship with Tom Brady, and then immediately jumped into a new-ish offense centered around new quarterback Cam Newton, things haven’t exactly been favorable for the 2019 first-round pick.
He’s still young. He’s still got size. He’s still got potential. And NFL legend Michael Irvin thinks he can help Harry out and change his entire mentality to get him where he needs to be after this uninspiring start.
"“I’ll put this invitation out to N’Keal,” Irving said on WEEI’s Dale and Keefe. “I guarantee you I will turn his whole mentality. The first week, we will run routes every day … well, first, we will train. We’re going to run … strength and conditioning … and then we’re going to run routes. We’re not running routes fresh. Anybody can catch passes fresh. Nobody wins fresh. I want you to be dead ass tired, ‘now let’s go run routes’ … I’m going to change his mentality from ‘I wanna get around these guys and not make them touch me’ to ‘Imma run right through his ass. I’m a big dude’ … I will absolutely turn N’Keal Harry, I guarantee it.”"
If you’re any wide receiver in the NFL and Irvin extends an invite like this, you probably should accept. It’s not too often a legend of the game offers a free lesson to whip you into shape like you’ve never been before.
Though Harry caught his second touchdown pass of the season in the win over the Chargers, much has to be worked on. He hasn’t been getting adequate separation, as evidenced by his 26 catches for 228 yards and two scores across 10 games in 2020.
But don’t forget Irvin himself didn’t have the greatest start to his NFL career. He had only 32 catches for 654 yards and five touchdowns his rookie year before being limited by injuries the next two seasons, in which he played in just 18 games. It wasn’t until his fourth year that he became a bonafide star.
Though Harry has had a much worse start to his, there’s always hope for a turnaround … especially when a high-energy borderline maniac (in a good way) is willing to show you the ropes.