The New England Patriots appear to be just about done with wide receiver N’Keal Harry. The former Arizona State star and first-round pick is still not able to crack the starting lineup, letting veterans like Nelson Agholor and young players like Jakobi Meyers leapfrog him.
Harry has just two catches for 19 yards this season, as he has shown zero chemistry with Mac Jones as the quarterback.
This has only strengthened the argument for Bill Belichick to take the L and get rid of Harry in exchange for some draft capital.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell has cooked up a very interesting trade proposal, as he mentioned the Jacksonville Jaguars as a potential trade partner. Trent Baalke and Urban Meyer could test drive a new weapon for Trevor Lawrence, and the Patriots could add an impact pass rusher on his rookie deal.
In Barnwell’s hypothetical swap, Harry would head to Jacksonville along with some draft picks in exchange for a package headlined by pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, who was picked 20th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
This move seems like it could give both teams a shot in the arm.
Patriots Rumors: Could this Pats-Jaguars trade get N’Keal Harry to Jacksonville?
While DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Marvin Jones are a fine receiver combination, it’s imperative that the Jags get Lawrence as many weapons as possible. Harry had some brief flashes last year, and he’ll get enough snaps in Duval County to potentially prove his worth to this new organization.
Chaisson hasn’t had a ton of production in the pros so far, recording just two sacks and 34 tackles while playing around half of the defensive snaps for Jaguars DC Joe Cullen this season. Despite that, Chaisson’s speed and ability to bend the edge (displayed at LSU) mean that he could break out if put in a situation like that in New England.
While trading two first-round picks after less than two seasons seems odd, the trade of former No. 9 overall pick CJ Henderson proved that Baalke is willing to undo any potential misfires Dave Caldwell made.
This could lead to a Chaisson trade, which would give the Patriots another young pass rusher to take pressure off of Matt Judon and a young defensive lineman to complement Christian Barmore.
A fresh start is best for both Harry and the Patriots given what he has been through over the last few seasons.
If this trade happens, New England will get a potential long-term defensive asset, while Harry would end up in a situation where he could get plenty of targets from Lawrence.