Patriots: 3 players who should be traded to clear even more cap space
By Jerry Trotta
2. N’Keal Harry
We really did our best to give N’Keal Harry the benefit of the doubt over his first two seasons in the league, but that fishing expedition is over after the lack of progress the 2019 first-round pick showed in his development this past campaign.
Lucky enough to be in a position to establish himself as the Patriots’ No. 1 wide receiver of the future, Harry was maddeningly inconsistent.
Across 14 games, he logged a 58% snap share and totaled 33 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. To put those numbers into perspective, he logged just one game over 50 receiving yards and an impossible eight contests with less than 22 receiving yards.
Patriots wideout N’Keal Harry would be better off finding a new NFL home.
Whether it’s a matter of Harry struggling to come to grips with the playbook or an inability to create separation against defensive backs, it isn’t worth losing sleep over anymore. The bottom line is that a divorce is in the best interest of both parties and if it means the Patriots could slash a salary that can be allocated to the free agency fund, then they simply have to do it.
All the Patriots have to do is swallow their pride and accept that Harry wouldn’t go for anything more than a mid-round draft pick after he was taken with the final pick of the first round just two years ago. Assuming they’re able to do that, they should no doubt receive some offers for Harry.
Despite leaving a lot to be desired over the last two seasons, he’s still incredibly young (23) and has the physical attributes (size, speed, hands, etc.) you would want in a receiver. We know there’s some Harry truthers scattered throughout the fan base, but the Patriots cannot afford to continue holding out hope that he’ll eventually turn the corner.