4 Patriots who don’t deserve another season in 2022
By Jerry Trotta
1. N’Keal Harry
Patriots Nation has tried giving N’Keal Harry the benefit of the doubt, but players, let alone former first-round picks, only get so many chances to prove themselves in the NFL before their time runs out and teams give up on their potential.
That’s precisely the case with Harry, who’s managed just 57 catches for less than 600 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons. For anyone curious, that’s an average of 1.8 receptions for 18.1 yards per game.
On top of being non-existent as a receiver, Harry has struggled with injuries early in his career. The former college star has played 33 (18 starts) of a possible 49 regular season games. While most of those absences can be attributed to injury, at least a handful of them were the result of him being a healthy scratch.
In Week 17 vs Jacksonville, Harry was benched in favor of second-year pro and practice squad stash Kristian Wilkerson. In a clear sign the Patriots need to end the Harry era, Wilkerson posted four catches for 42 yards and two TDs.
While Harry has developed into a solid run blocker, that won’t be enough to save his bacon. The bottom line is he’s failed to establish chemistry with three different quarterbacks (Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Mac Jones) all the while becoming a part-time player on one of the worst WR corps in the league.