N’Keal Harry became the first receiver ever drafted by Bill Belichick in round 1 of the NFL draft but failed to live up to the hype in his first 2 seasons. And ESPN’s Adam Schefter wasn’t pleased to see how Harry asked for his trade.
On Tuesday, Harry’s agent, Jamal Tooson, revealed that the receiver has formally requested a trade. Here are the top 3 landing spots for the former first-rounder:
N’Keal Harry was picked before receivers like Deebo Samuel and D.K Metcalf but has not produced at the same level as some of his peers. In the 21 regular season games Harry has played in over his first two seasons in the league, the receiver has tallied just 45 receptions for 414 yards and four touchdowns.
After a major upgrade in offensive weapons this season, N’Keal Harry doesn’t see himself fitting into the Patriots system. Harry’s agent put out a statement for his trade request.
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Adam Schefter had harsh criticism for N’Keal Harry & His camp
Players wanting out of teams and going public is nothing special. But ESPN analyst didn’t think N’Keal Harry and his camp handled the situation well, especially since he played for New England. Adam Schefter, speaking on his podcast this week, said that Harry chose the wrong path if that is indeed the avenue he’d like to travel.
“Now, again, this, I don’t know was the wisest move that N’Keal Harry could have made. If he wants a trade, it would be very simple for him to go into the office of head coach Bill Belichick and privately tell him that he thinks it’s in the best interest of everybody to move on.”
“But he did it publicly. And my guess would be that if you want out of New England, the way to do that would not be through the media, that if you’re going to do it that way, you hurt your chances and put a bull’s-eye on yourself for the summer.”
“And so I don’t think N’Keal Harry is going to get traded any time soon. I do think he has basically invited more attention and scrutiny on himself. But I don’t think he’s done anything to further his cause of wanting out of New England.”
“Now I love a trade story as much as anybody, and if a player wants out, and they want to tell me about that, I’m always here and I’m always open to reporting it.”
“But the truth of the matter is, it’s usually better for the player to handle those issues privately with his organization, which is not what N’Keal Harry opted to do here. And now we’ll wait to see how that shakes out. I’m going to bet that the Patriots aren’t going to let anybody tell them what they are or aren’t going to do — that the Patriots are going to do exactly what they want to do.”
N’Keal Harry was the highest pick ever for a wide receiver in New England when the Pats drafted him in 2019. But his tenure has clearly not worked out for either side. It should be interesting to see where Harry plays in 2021