The New England Patriots have an absolute gem in Damien Harris, who’s without question one of the NFL’s most ferocious running backs.
A multi-time nominee on Good Morning Football’s famed “Angry Runs” segment, Harris has made a habit out of steamrolling would-be tacklers in his career.
From channeling his inner Marshawn Lynch on a touchdown scamper against the Jets, carrying Cowboys defenders 10 yards in Week 6 and somehow finding the end zone vs Buffalo despite being stonewalled at the five-yard line, Harris is slowly but surely getting recognition as an elite running back.
Of course, that can be attributed to Harris’ incredible lower-body strength. We’re unsure how much the 2019 third-round pick can squat in the weight room, but Kendrick Bourne is calling on his teammate to one-up Nick Chubb’s insane 675-pound (!) record that went viral on NFL Twitter this week.
Patriots WR Kendrick Bourne wants Damien Harris to beat Nick Chubb’s ridiculous personal squatting record
Listen, we’re all for Harris getting more respect around the league, but let’s exercise caution here, Bourne.
Fresh off a career year in which he logged 929 rushing yards on 4.6 yards per carry and 15 touchdowns, which trailed only Jonathan Taylor for the league lead, the last thing the Patriots need is Harris injuring himself trying to out-lift a rival.
Additionally, Chubb is a workout specimen. This isn’t the first time one of the Browns star’s squatting videos have taken the internet by storm. He’s been wowing fans with his superman strength since his college days at Georgia. There’s no shame in admitting defeat, or in this case, not posing a challenge.
In fitting fashion, Harris didn’t accept or reject Bourne’s request. In keeping with a theme of free agency — and the NFL offseason in general — the Patriots’ RB replied with the ever-popular eye emoji to keep fans honest.
As much as Harris would like to engage in a squat-off with Chubb, he’d be better off sitting this one out. That’s not to say we think he’d lose, but he’s entering the most important year of his career with his rookie deal expiring after 2022.
Like we noted earlier, Harris is already widely regarded as one of the league’s most powerful ball-carriers. Adding a few more plates to the squat rack isn’t going to change anything except his popularity on social media.
We love that Bourne thinks Harris can challenge Chubb’s personal record, but there’s no need for Harris to actually prove it. We’d rather another 15-touchdown season if you ask us.