Patriots put N’Keal Harry on IR, bring back Demaryius Thomas

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The Patriots won’t have first-round pick N'Keal Harry on the field for the first half of the regular season, but they will have Demaryius Thomas back as a receiving option for Tom Brady.

Thomas was released as the team dropped to 53 players on Saturday, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he is re-signing with the team on Monday. Thomas will be taking the place of Harry, who is headed to injured reserve due to an ankle injury that bothered him for much of the summer.

Thomas spent his offseason rehabbing last year’s torn Achilles, but returned to play in New England’s final preseason game. He caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in that contest, which made it look like a good bet that he’d be playing for someone in 2019 even if the Patriots didn’t have designs on bringing him back.

Thomas joins Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewzki on the active roster at wideout in New England.

44 responses to “Patriots put N’Keal Harry on IR, bring back Demaryius Thomas

  1. I knew they’d bring Thomas back, it was just roster maneuvering moves. I have a feeling he’s about to have a big comeback year.

    And bummer for Harry, but at least the Pats have great depth at WR. Good to let him heal up properly and come back after mid-season in full health. And Jakobi Meyers has looked like the more impressive rookie, I’m excited to see what he can do.

  2. Redshirt year might not be a bad idea but will be available after week 6 if there are injuries not exactly what you hope for in a first-round pick. Thomas is on a 1 year deal and hopefully he can be productive. Plus 2 promising undrafted rookie wrs one who can return kicks and the other a possible replacement from Edelman. Now if we have found a semi reliable TE this could be one of the best Offenses Brady has had with a productive RB group to boot.

  3. I had a strong feeling that Harry was going to be the guy that they would IR that would allow them to bring back DT
    I was hoping I was wrong but I guess Harry’s injury is a nagging one so the extended rest & rehab was needed…. I do like the fact that if needed, he will be fresh & a relative unknown to other teams to have to try to defend the last 1/2 of the season& allow the Pats offense to be that much more unpredictable…….
    & let’s also be a bit realistic here, I PRAY Josh Gordon keeps it together all season for so many reasons, but mostly for his own personal success….. if, GOD FORBID, does mess up, at least we’ll have a similar style player available to take his place if needed down the road….. let’s all just hope that’s not the situation that allows Harry to return to the line up & it’s not because someone got hurt either!!!
    WELCOME BACK DT…..& LETSSSS GOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  4. This was worked out last week. A way to get Harry on IR without losing him for the season. Seems like a way to skirt the rules.

    Expect the NFL to close this door.

  5. Harry has had trouble picking up the offense, is big bodied, a can’t separate guy,,,… will he be yet another BB WR bust? Deebo Samual was a much better fit for the Pats,.. if he could only stay off twitter.. he might have been the guy.

  6. jchemengr says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    This was worked out last week. A way to get Harry on IR without losing him for the season. Seems like a way to skirt the rules.

    Expect the NFL to close this door.

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    If it is a door that all teams utilize why does it have to be closed? Just asking.

  7. “This was worked out last week. A way to get Harry on IR without losing him for the season. Seems like a way to skirt the rules.”

    Double facepalm.

    All 32 NFL teams have the right to designate a couple of players to the IR for return after week 8. That’s one of the NFL rules. Furthermore that every one of these transactions has to be approved by the league in the first place.

    This is the insanity of the Pats haters. Somehow they think its “cheating” when the Pats follow the rules SMH

  8. jchemengr says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    This was worked out last week. A way to get Harry on IR without losing him for the season. Seems like a way to skirt the rules.

    Expect the NFL to close this door.
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    It is the rules. Other teams do it also. It’s common practice around the league.

  9. Everyone bashing harry he looked great before he got hurt. this was a great way to keep them both on the roster. just more master management by the best coach and gm to ever do it.

  10. This is just pure good planning by BB. Harry “could” have been a starter – but he really wasn’t needed. He will benefit both physically, and in knowledge of the system by sitting for a spell. Pats are going to have JE, and JG start – DT in a 3 WR set, and Dorsett as a backup. No need to have Harry thrown to the wolves, especially when he’s a little gimpy, and the Pats have the luxury of him being able to sit. This shoud be good news to Pats fans.

  11. vicnocal says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    If u told me two years ago that Tom Brady would have both Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas at WR, I’d say that is unfair to the league.

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    Don’t you still say it now anyways?

  12. Apart from Edelman, DT is the only proven WR on the roster. He broke records with Tebow so sky is the limit for him playing with Brady.

  13. The Patriots risked Thomas walking and signing elsewhere. Most teams couldn’t take that risk. Belichick can because guys want to play for him and he is willing to take the risk in return for the reward.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    [Thomas] broke records with Tebow so sky is the limit for him playing with Brady.
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    Well, Tebow to Thomas vs. the Steelers was the longest overtime TD pass of all-time (and may still be), so your post is not entirely ridiculous for a change, but still damn close.

  15. dburr10085 says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    This is just pure good planning by BB. Harry “could” have been a starter – but he really wasn’t needed. … This shoud be good news to Pats fans.

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    So, what you’re saying is that the Pats used a first round pick on a guy that isn’t needed? To everyone else, there’s a term for that — “wasted pick.” Usually people aren’t calling that good news.

  16. Belichick has taken his team to 3 of the last 4 super bowls, winning two, but the haters want to say Harry on short term IR is proof he’s a bad GM.

    For those of us with a reality check, 9 of the initial 53 man Patriots roster are rookies, including two UDFA.

  17. When Harry aggravated injury in preseason game, it looked to me like he was okay on initial tackle, but got up and kept running, hoping for no contact ruling, and got injured then on 2nd tackle – rookie mistake, trying too hard for a bit of extra yardage in preseason game, at least for someone sure to make team. But it works out okay.

  18. No one posting is qualified to criticize Belichick in how he assembles and manages a roster. His record is proven above all others and there are facts only he knows.

    In BB we trust.

  19. 7 chinese brothers says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    Another Bill Belichick Bust, 4-12…Ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha
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    With all of those bad picks I don’t know how he keeps his job. I guess the 6 rings bys him a little grace. Another ring this year just might keep him employed for two more.

  20. Angel Valle says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    Everyone bashing harry he looked great before he got hurt. this was a great way to keep them both on the roster. just more master management by the best coach and gm to ever do it.

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    Its neither a master stroke, pushing the rules, nor cheating as I see suggested by some here, its simply a common maneuver practiced by all teams every year as they finalize their rosters to go into the season. Its just this one instance is getting a lot more attention.

  21. Anything the Patriots do sends shockwaves thruout the NFL’s other 31 organizations….. as Pats fans we are well aware of the Jealousy & Envy….. have been for quite a while now…..
    Man it’s AWESOME to STILL be relevant & feared for nearly 2 decades…..AWESOME!!!!

  22. terripet says:
    September 2, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Another bust wr draft pick
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    Bill could draft 20 wide receiver “busts”- and he would still be the greatest GM in history because he drafted Thomas Edward Patrick Brady! It doesn’t get any better than that!

  23. So, what you’re saying is that the Pats used a first round pick on a guy that isn’t needed? To everyone else, there’s a term for that — “wasted pick.” Usually people aren’t calling that good news. Same thing was said about sony last year worked out great😁

  24. This is going to be fun to watch. While the rest of the league has gone small to play pass defense in a pinball league, the Patriots are going XL smashmouth – including at WR.

  25. So, what you’re saying is that the Pats used a first round pick on a guy that isn’t needed? To everyone else, there’s a term for that — “wasted pick.” Usually people aren’t calling that good news.
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    When Harry was selected, the WR positionwas completely different than it is now, so no, that NOT what was being said as at the time it was an excellent pick & high value for the 32nd pick….& it still is!!
    When Harry was selected, Josh Gordon was still suspended, DT was still rehabbing an Achilles injury, GRONK had retired, & neither Meyers nor Gunner were on the team….. combine that with Hogan & Patterson Both being lost to FA …..the Harry pick was BRILLIANT, not a WASTE OF A PICK as you suggested….

  26. DT wants to play for a team that only trailed for 7 minutes in home games the whole season, including the playoffs. Then there is that 7 Lombardi thing to shoot for also.

  27. Pardon me. I wrote the Patriots went to 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls, winning 2.

    True, but I forgot they went to 4 of the last 5, winning 3.

    The Patriots win so much it’s hard to keep track.

  28. This is the best crybaby post of the weekend. Sunday cannot get here soon enough.

    observantfan says:
    September 1, 2019 at 9:16 am
    Woods Hole barnacle you will be the first one crying in your little Patriot pillow when Tommy retires in the end of this farcical dominant run comes to an end. The Patriots will be right back to the door mats of the league that they were for the first 50 years of existence once Tommie shows that Belichick is the biggest phony ever. The biggest joke of a dominant run in the history of all sports. Nobody plays in a horrible division for 20 years without adjustments being made absolute joke

  29. “The Patriots will be right back to the door mats of the league that they were for the first 50 years of existence.”

    From 1960-2010 the Pats went to 6 SBs winning 3 of them. I am sure any team in the league wishes they were door mats like this.

    “The biggest joke of a dominant run in the history of all sports. Nobody plays in a horrible division for 20 years without adjustments being made absolute joke.”

    Winning % in Division is 76% over that time. A 75% win rate in the playoffs. However the Pats do drop only win 66% of the SBs in the last 9. If other teams were so good then why don’t the Pats have horrendous playoff record? Keep crying observing greatness.

  30. The Patriots offense is lot more complicated than most other teams, and rookies need time to pick it up. So while fans of other teams wonder why guys like Edelman are always open, they don’t realize those are all option routes which change based on what the defense is doing.

  31. “Bill could draft 20 wide receiver “busts”- and he would still be the greatest GM in history because he drafted Thomas Edward Patrick Brady!”

    That’s not true at all. What makes him the best NFL GM in history is that he has almost every season built a great roster to go around Brady. Its Bill’s cap model and that he rigidly follows his own rules regarding how each position is valued that lets him do so.

    Brady on his own with the kind of roster building most teams have would likely have 1 or 2 rings. Its Bill’s ability to build deep rosters that are deep enough to compete even with the inevitable injuries year after year that make him the greatest.

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