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Patriots Daily: Harry Switches to Tight End; Falcons Claim Stueber



New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and his son, team president Jonathan Kraft, right, pose with first-round draft pick wide receiver N'Keal Harry, center, while introducing Harry at an NFL football news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The New England Patriots selected Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry in the first round (No. 32 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. Harry struggled to produce for the Patriots. Across three seasons he appeared in 33 games. He amassed 57 receptions for 598 yards and scored four touchdowns.

The Patriots traded Harry to the Chicago Bears on July 12, 2022. New England received a 2024 seventh-round pick, which they used to select Florida State tight end Jaheim Bell. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Harry had excellent size for a wide receiver. Unfortunately, he has yet to have excellent production in the NFL.

Harry caught seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in 2022 for the Bears. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings before the 2023 season. Although he appeared in nine games, it was mostly as a special team player. Harry recorded no offensive statistics. Minnesota reportedly has decided to give Harry a fresh start in 2024, converting the wide receiver to a new role as a tight end.

Converting Harry to a tight end has been suggested as far back as his time in New England. He is a good blocker for a wide receiver, though that does not necessarily translate to being able to block in the trenches. And he still needs to be able to catch the football as a tight end, something he has not shown an ability to do in the NFL.

Hopefully, for N’Keal Harry’s sake, his blocking ability translates to tight end and he can provide production in mismatches with his size. It might be his last opportunity to stick in the National Football League. Stay tuned.

Stueber Lands in Atlanta

A day after being waived by the New England Patriots, Andrew Stueber has a new home. The offensive lineman was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons. The 2022 seventh-round pick will attempt to revive his NFL career in the NFC South. Although he was activated multiple times from the practice squad last season, Stueber has yet to play his first snap in an NFL game. The Michigan alum could now do so for the Falcons.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

N’Keal Harry was the second wide receiver selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. But his 714 career receiving yards are far below the leaders from his draft class. A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, and Terry McLaurin, all taken after Harry, have each amassed over 5,000 receiving yards in the NFL to date. Former Patriot Jakobi Meyers, an undrafted free agent, is seventh from the 2019 wide receiver class with 3,565 career receiving yards to date.

Post of the Day

A post from Reel Analytics showcasing the speed of the tight end drafted with the pick the New England Patriots obtained for N’Keal Harry, Jaheim Bell:

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