Recently, on July 6th, reports started coming out that Patriots young receiver N’Keal Harry’s agent, requested a trade from the New England Patriots. It doesn’t come as a surprise due to the lack of targets that he has been getting and in the off-season, the Patriots signed wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor.
On top of that, the Patriots have their leading receiver from last season returning, Jakobi Myers. That would knock him down in the depth chart to probably at least the fourth option at the position. Being a first-round draft pick, N’Keal Harry feels like he should have a much bigger role with more targets.
Let’s take a look at some teams that could be in the market for N’Keal Harry’s services:
Career So Far
The Patriots selected N’Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. So far in his career, N’Keal Harry hasn’t lived up to where he was drafted. In his rookie season in 2019, Harry had 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. However, he did get placed on injured reserve in 2019 after suffering an ankle injury that would sideline him for nine games. In year two, he played in 14 games, catching 33 passes, for a total of 309 yards and two touchdowns.
Three Trade Destinations
1. Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team has been reportedly “monitoring N’Keal Harry’s situation” since May. N’Keal Harry could easily come into Washington and compete for the third receiver position. Washington already has their number one receiver in Terry McLauren, and they signed Curtis Samuel in free agency who will most likely become the 2nd option. I think the Washington Football Team could get Harry for a 5th or 6th round draft pick.
2. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have a huge void to fill. After trading Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans, they find themselves without a true number two receiver. Calvin Ridley will become the team’s number one receiver, and I expect Kyle Pitts to get a ton of targets from the tight end position.
N’Keal Harry could easily become the team’s number two receiver if he ends up with the Falcons. It would also help the Falcons because they gave up a lot of size trading Julio Jones. They could get some of that size back with N’Keal Harry.
3. Houston Texans
If I were the Houston Texans GM, adding N’Keal Harry would be a no-brainer for me. With Will Fuller leaving in free agency, the team’s top three receivers right now are Brandin Cooks, Randell Cobb, and Keke Coutee. All of which measures under six feet in height.
If you add N’Keal Harry, I think he could come in and definitely compete for the third-string job and maybe even the second-string job. He would also give you some much-needed height at the position.
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons
What Ends up Happening?
Ultimately, I think N’Keal Harry won’t be returning to the Patriots. The relationship seems too fractured and the Patriots don’t want to give him a bigger role. If the Patriots are unable to trade Harry, I expect them to release him. If and when he ends up with a new team, I think you will see a much different N’Keal Harry because he will be in a new situation with a team who could use him as a number two or number three receiver. He still has the potential to be a number one receiver in this league if he can stay healthy and get with the right coaching staff who can unlock his full potential.