Josh McDaniels: I need to do better job getting ball to N’Keal Harry in space

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Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry only played two offensive snaps against the Chiefs last Sunday and he caught the only pass thrown his way on one of the most talked about plays of the game.

Harry caught a short pass from Tom Brady and was ruled out of bounds while diving into the end zone for a 12-yard gain. Replays showed Harry never stepped out before getting into the end zone, but the Patriots were unable to challenge the ruling on the field after losing one of their two previous challenges.

Harry made that play in space and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday that he needs to find “more ways to use the things” that Harry does well.

“He’s a big guy; he’s not easy to get to the ground,” McDaniels said on a conference call. “Certainly, when you have players like that, it comes back to how can you get him the football in those situations understanding that there’s a level of diminishing returns if you try to keep doing the same things over and over again . . . So yeah, he definitely had a great individual effort. We know he’s big and not easy to tackle, and like I said, I need to do a better job of finding ways to get him in space, get him the ball and letting him have an opportunity to do those things.”

Any and all ways to make plays should be welcomed by the Patriots offense, although Harry’s overall playing time suggests figuring out the best fit is still a work in progress in New England.

13 responses to “Josh McDaniels: I need to do better job getting ball to N’Keal Harry in space

  1. Pats WRs this year:

    1. Julian Edelman
    2. Antonio Brown (frankly glad he’s gone, but talent is undeniable)
    3. Josh Gordon (wish him well)
    4. Demaryius Thomas (traded when AB was still a viable option)
    5. Mohammed Sanu (late season acquisition)
    6. Phillip Dorsett
    7. N’Keal Harry (was injured so only a couple games experience)
    8. Jakobi Meyers (rookie, converted QB)

    How many teams need to give 7th and 8th string receivers significant playing time?

  2. Every wide receiver and tight end personnel move they made this year has been a dud so far. It started with the failure to sign Adam Humphries and Gronk’s retirement and snowballed from there.

    Harry may be good someday, but it’s hard for any rookie to catch up after missing 10 weeks. Jakobi Meyers is a nice story but not there yet. Edelman can’t do it all. Jacob Hollister has outplayed any of New England’s TEs in Seattle this season. Josh Gordon would have helped this month. DT flamed out, AB took away precious cap space, and Mohamed Sanu hasn’t shown up yet.

  3. Yes, yes you do.

    You have been horrible along with Brady in gameplanning and calling, incorporating some players not named Edelman or James White.

    Even the lack of use of Sanu or forced targets to him when the play isn’t there at that time, has been bad.

    Something has to change and break.

    Hint to Joshy: Pull out all the plays that call for 2 back sets, which you barley used once on Sunday, throwing to all RBs in those sets, and running with the 2 RBs in those sets.

    So, all you have is 2 WRs, 1 TE and two RBs on 1st and 2nd down. On 3rds, bring in Dorsett, whose catch/target % is amazing.

    Thank you and you’re welcome.

    Hint: Playcalling can help or hurt your O Line.

  4. HagemeisterPark says:
    December 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Or – have Loophole Bill send a film crew to the Saints game and film Michael Thomas at work. When all else fails – cheat.

    Ah, the old cheating excuse. Lame. How’s your team been doing the last 20 years or so?

  5. billymutt says:
    December 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm
    “How’s your team been doing the last 20 years or so?”

    Thank Tom Brady for that 20 years. It’s a quarterback-driven league. Remember, BB was 41-55 prior to Tom Brady.

  6. BB the GM, JM the OC and DS the OLC clearly own the NE offensive problems this season. This is not even close to a TB12 demise season. Just for kicks though, imagine how much impact AB (and perhaps even more importantly Drew Rosenhaus) has had on the entire AFC this year:

    Oakland is 6-7 without AB, and injuries are a significant part of that. Imagine AB had shut his mouth, showed up for practice, and played half the season before being suspended or had settled the lawsuit when he could have without any publicity. Even if it only makes a difference in 2 games, the Raiders might be 8-5 at this point and in the thick of the AFC West.

    At possibly 8-5, Steelers, Titans and Texans would all be competing with the Raiders (and possibly Chiefs) for the wildcard spots making at least two of those teams more vulnerable.

    With AB still on the Raiders roster or suspended, NE would still have Josh Gordon, Demarius Thomas, and enough cap space at the trade deadline to trade for a real TE.

    In the last ten years, there has not been a single rookie receiver that has been able to transition immediately from any college offense into the Patriots offense (except Edelman, who was a college QB). Veteran WRs are much more successful transitioning into NE schemes. The schemes are just to complex for any rookie to digest. At this point in the season, Harry and Meyers are only proving what was already known to be true.

    While Harry and Meyers would still be on the roster, two extra WRs with familiarity in such a system would likely be the two spots TB12 needs on Sunday. A second TE is just more to think about. People can speculate on whether NE loses to KC or Houston in that situation.

    So when AB writes 9 grievances that are all about himself getting paid, and then tries to apologize because he wants to “play the game that he loves”, maybe there is more to think about. Rosenhaus is yet to publicly apologize for his little lawsuit misrepresentation either. But then again, how does anyone apologize for such a clear debacle with ramifications across the entire AFC?

    Definitely not blaming AB for all of NE’s offensive meltdown because it was a NE decision to sign him too (and NE has done a very poor job recovering), but ABs lawsuit and that few days in Aug-Sept are still affecting the entire season in the AFC…..(and the NFL). Clearly it hasn’t been the season BB and JM anticipated (and had prepared for up to August 31). Possibly one of the biggest impact decisions of BB the GMs career, and JM still hasn’t been able to find even third gear.

  7. I believe that Brady just needs to trust his young WR to make a play. On 4th down with the game on the line Brady was going to Edelman no matter what and that was just not the right call. Mayers was open at the 2yard line and it obvious that he was going to be open if you follow the play. But Brady just didn’t trust him enough to throw him the ball. It was an easy first down and possibly a TD. I love Brady but he really needs to trust his WR and let them make plays.

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