N’Keal Harry: Trade me right F%$&ing now 

by | Jul 7, 2021 | NFL | 2 comments

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In a statement released by his agent, Jamal Tooson, Patriots 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry has formally requested a trade from the New England Patriots. 

For the past several months, I have been working in cooperation with the Patriots behind the scenes to put a plan in place to allow N’Keal to thrive in New England. Through two seasons, he has 86 targets, which obviously hasn’t met the expectations the Patriots and N’Keal had when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college. Following numerous conversations with the Patriots, I believe it’s time for a fresh start and best for both parties if N’Keal moves on before the start of training camp. That is why I have informed the Patriots today I am formally requesting a trade on behalf of my client,” N’Keal Harry‘s agent, Jamal Tooson

The Patriots selected Harry with the last pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, a move that was both lauded as WR was a need at the time and questioned as to who was remaining on the board. (This writer wanted Debo Samuel). The Injury bug hit Harry early and often his rookie year, with him missing most of OTAs and training camp. This led to a disconnect with Tom Brady and he never got on track with the future hall of fame quarterback.

N’Keal never got it going

Harry played in just seven games his rookie year, catching a mere 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Last season he again missed time in camp due to injury and made a meager 33 receptions for 309 and another pair of scores. 

After last year’s 7-9 woe is me season the hoodie blew up the early free agency period adding Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne to the receiver room. But he wasn’t done adding pass catchers, inking TE’s Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry to multi-year deals. Not to mention the emergence of UDFA Jakobi Meyers. Harry and his agent saw the writing on the wall. His agent, Tooson, added to his statement:

N’Keal understands a key ingredient to production is opportunity. He will continue to work hard to develop and refine his craft after missing a large portion of his rookie year to injury. His draft-day expectations for his NFL career have not changed. We are confident success is just around the corner for him and will aggressively pursue it.

You can read between his lines and see, the opportunities here in New England may be few and far between for a man who has struggled with both the playbook and finding separation at the NFL level. 

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