N’Keal Harry requests a trade

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Earlier on Tuesday, Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry was named as a player in danger of not making the roster by Mike Reiss of ESPN.

As it turns out, Harry would like to play elsewhere in 2020.

Harry’s agent, Jamal Tooson, formally requested a trade on Tuesday, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

“For the past several months, I have been working in cooperation with the Patriots behind the scenes to put a plan in place to allow N’Keal to thrive in New England,” Tooson said in a statement. “Through two seasons, he has 86 targets, which obviously hasn’t met the expectations the Patriots and N’Keal had when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college. Following numerous conversations with the Patriots, I believe it’s time for a fresh start and best for both parties if N’Keal moves on before the start of training camp. That’s why I have informed the Patriots today I am formally requesting a trade on behalf of my client.

“N’Keal understands a key ingredient to production is opportunity. He will continue to work hard to develop and refine his craft after missing a large portion of his rookie year to injury. His draft-day expectations for his NFL career have not changed. We are confident success is just around the corner for him and will aggressively pursue it.”

Harry has 45 receptions for 414 yards with four touchdowns in two seasons since he was selected at No. 32 overall in 2019 out of Arizona State. The Patriots added several weapons in free agency to improve their passing attack, including receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, plus tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Harry already received limited opportunities with the Patriots, and those are likely to be further reduced.

Harry carries a base salary of $1.4 million in 2021 and $1.9 million in 2022.

107 responses to “N’Keal Harry requests a trade

  1. Only reason he isn’t living up to expectations is that he does not have a quarterback. Cam is not the answer in NE…

  2. Go get him, Brad Holmes! Detroit needs all the help it can get at WR, and we seem to have a thing for guys with chips on their shoulder.

    I haven’t seen much of Harry (has anyone?) but surely there is plenty of quality football ahead of him. Still gotta wonder why BB hasn’t unlocked it, though…

  3. Maybe we can trade him back to college for some pom poms or something useful.

  4. Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. 1st round bust with two underwhelming seasons

  5. Yeah, a request for a trade because the previously injured player is not getting enough targets… That’s going to go over real good with Belichick. Of course, Belichick might be working on getting rid of him anyway.

  6. Obviously saw Mac and Cam throwing. No QB, and as a head coach, Bill hasn’t won anything without Brady. I’d be begging for a way out.

  7. As bad as he has been, I come see someone like the Colts giving him a chance if he was cut.

  8. He will probably get cut. I’m sure a few teams will take a shot. Vikings could check him out.

  9. Didn’t come into the best situation but I’m sure there is no better opportunity than last year. No receivers and you still can’t get looks. Jakobi did well.

  10. “Through two seasons, he has 86 targets, which obviously hasn’t met the expectations the Patriots and N’Keal had when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college.

    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Easily stopped at the point of attack in the pros. Your college stats don’t mean a thing now. Get over it and get better.

  11. “As it turns out, Harry would like to play elsewhere in 2020.”

    He’ll need a time machine for that.

  12. Im embarrassed that I compared him to Anquan Boldin coming out of college. This guy couldn’t hold Anquan’s jockstrap! Bye!

  13. BB won’t like this going public. Which ever scout suggested this kid needs to be reassigned.

    Chad Jackson 2.0

    At least Jakobi Meyers is a stud in fhe making. Now they just need a QB to emerge.

  14. I read somewhere people were bitching about Brady not working well with him. Brady had Deion Branch and David Givens as rookies and they played pretty well. Better than Harry has. He’ll be lucky to be traded and if he is it’s probably not going to be to a team with a QB situation that is much better than New Englands…

  15. Harry was known to frequently quit on plays and routes and was force fed the ball at ASU his last two years. More than half of his total TDs in his last year came in two games. He was a good WR with good talent and good size. Let’s not pretend he was Ja’Marr Chase from two years ago, who actually was virtually unstoppable and a dominant downfield threat.

  16. “unstoppable at the point of attack in college”

    That says it all – NFL isn’t college & the PAC-14 is the weakest Power 5 by far.

    I’m willing to trade an 8th rd pick for him or maybe Laquon Treadwell

  17. Just release him they would probably have to trade a 7th with him to get a future 7th. I think New England misused him but he has also been very poor when on the field. Now that NE has brought in a lot of WR to compete, instead of competing he wants out. Give him what he wants but just release him. It is not very likely he is going to be higher on another NFL though.

  18. sneakers19 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    Only reason he isn’t living up to expectations is that he does not have a quarterback. Cam is not the answer in NE…
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Cam isn’t the answer, BUT Brady was there in 19.

  19. If we can get a 7th, please take it BB. Look forward to seeing this Dominant Downfield Threat continue murdering the league elsewhere

  20. He can’t get off the line quickly, can’t get separation, and runs inconsistent routes. He is one hell of a blocker though. What more can you expect from a 1st round pick that BB overruled his scouts and drafted.

  21. touchback6 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    HA nobody would give anything for this guy.

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    Remember when you said he was the best receiver taken in that draft?

  22. Big bust by the Hoodie, but he will cut him and move on. Smart move for the team.

  23. He had that one great catch against the Titans a few years ago that was nullified, for some reason, but Bill B was out of challenges. Don’t remember much else from him, though. Of course, the quarterbacks have been godawful.

  24. My guess is he goes somewhere else and does fine. The playbook messes up a lot of players. He seemed to be hesitating and questioning himself too much. Good luck, N’Keal!

  25. How can a guy who hasn’t done squat on the field want more playing time? Yeah, cause all teams can’t wait to get a crappy player into the starting lineup. I have zero against this kid, but he’s had some opportunities and made zero out of them. He plays scared, he plays small, and he plays slow. Pats will be lucky to get much for him. My guess is after this stunt, Bill holds onto him as long as he can and then cuts him.

  26. He’s a good example of how watching college highlights carefully can tell you a lot about how his NFL career will go. One of his biggest college highlights was a play against Arizona where he took a 3-yard pass and turned it into a long TD thanks to 4 missed tackles and his outrunning everybody else. Problem is NFL players don’t miss tackles and are much harder to outrun, meaning that same play in the NFL ends as a 3-yard completion.

  27. It’s laughable that any agent would reference how great their client was in college and expect similar results in the NFL when the level of competition in college is a joke compared to the NFL.

  28. A first rounder for this guy! Draft picks like this have forced the Pats to go on a FA spending spree in an attempt to be competitive this season. The draft is the backbone for player procurement. Belichick and Pats paying price for prior failed drafts.

  29. He simply doesn’t have the burst or the moves to separate from NFL DB’s. It doesn’t help that he is made of glass either.

  30. NE would be lucky to get a 6th or 7th round pick. Every team knows that he is likely going to be cut.

  31. Perhaps BB can package up N’Keal, Wynn and Stidham and get a 4th or a 5th out of someone

  32. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    touchback6 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    HA nobody would give anything for this guy.

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    Remember when you said he was the best receiver taken in that draft?

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    I remember when he said he would leave and not come back if the Pats failed to with the AFCE

  33. The irony is if he was putting up Meyers’ numbers we would still consider him a bust, but Meyers wasn’t drafted.

    And this does remind me of Chad Jackson; BB sucks at drafting WRs high. Jackson hurts even more because the Pats traded up for him with a 2nd and a 3rd. GB turned the lower 2nd into Greg Jennings and got a Guard for the 3rd who started for three years.

  34. “As it turns out, Harry would like to play elsewhere in 2020.”

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    Didn’t he already play for New England in 2020?

  35. Lol doesn’t work that way you’re under contract and the team will decide you’re fate.

  36. What a waste of yet another Patriots WR pick. It’s definitely not Belichick’s strong suit.

  37. “when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college.”

    Who is this dominant downfield threat and what does that have to do with Harry?

  38. He’s gone. No one PUBLICLY requests a trade in New England and survives. I am sure his agent knew this and made the announcement to force the Pats to jettison him BEFORE training camp, lest he be be stuck with NE up to Aug 31 (cut to 53 from 80). They don’t sit on disgruntled, me-first players, but might punish him by KEEPING him until Aug 31.
    Then again, Belichick has been pleasant and upbeat lately; maybe its a newer and nicer Bill?

  39. theeagleeye says:
    July 6, 2021 at 3:57 pm
    Personnel department was waving the red flags, Belichick ignored them.

    6 1 Rate This

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    And you know this how exactly?

  40. Have to hand it to the guy, demands trade. Great sense of humor. Stand up comedy should be his next gig.

  41. He’s only demanding a trade now, so that he has time to get into a full training camp with another team.

    He knows good and well he would have never made the week 1 roster. They spent a ton of money on his replacements in the offseason.

  42. Why would anyone give up even a seventh round pick for this guy? He might have shown seventh round talent, but a seventh rounder isn’t slated to make 1.4 million this year and 1.9 million next year.

    Maybe they can package him with picks, but if not, either he’s cut or he stays. No one has anything to offer for him straight up.

  43. “virtually unstoppable?” This ain’t college and the guy is constantly hurt!

  44. And the Patriots are open to whatever offers they can get for this bum.

  45. Bill Belichick, world class coach. Bill Belichick, world class dumpster fires as a GM.

  46. GoodellMustGo says:
    July 6, 2021 at 4:16 pm
    “when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college.”

    Who is this dominant downfield threat and what does that have to do with Harry?

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    His name is DK Metcalf SBs BB passed him over to draft N’Keal Harry

  47. Back in 2019 when Brady was on the sideline telling his receivers they need to be faster, need to get separation, get open, etc. He was probably just talking to N’keal.

  48. Maybe if he learned how to run a proper route and have his head and hands in the right place at the right time, he’d get more looks. No sense throwing to him over and over when everything dings off his helmet or he’s not turned to the right side. He sucks, plain and simple.

  49. I’m a bit shocked to see him request a trade, because the word has always been the people inside the building are higher on him than all of the fans. Maybe they really aren’t that high on him… He may just need a change of scenery, but he’s got a lot of things to work on. He looked (marginally) better with Cam Newton.

    He’s definitely not lived up to expectations. He was a strong guy in college, but he gets abused in the NFL by smaller guys. He really needs to get better at route running and using leverage. And catching. He just doesn’t have the burst to separate like most do at the NFL level. Some guys have to be “catch in traffic” guys, though. He just doesn’t do that right now. Maybe his next team can get it out of him.

    It’s better to get a 2 for $5 coupon at Arby’s than get nothing for him.

  50. He is one of the many, many failed 1st round drafted receivers. He had athletic talent that made him look great in college, that talent is erased in NFL where 5 yards easily get open in college becomes a 1/2 yard is considered open in the NFL and the receiver has to fight for the ball; most cannot make that adjustment (this is also why so many highly drafted QB’s fail too).

  51. He was told to request a trade. But most GMs know he will be cut anyway and then available at the minimum.

  52. sidelinecameraman says:
    July 6, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    I read somewhere people were bitching about Brady not working well with him. Brady had Deion Branch and David Givens as rookies and they played pretty well. Better than Harry has. He’ll be lucky to be traded and if he is it’s probably not going to be to a team with a QB situation that is much better than New Englands…
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    Another rookie who had success with Brady was Malcolm Mitchell who caught 6 clutch passes in the SB comeback versus Atlanta. He tore up his knee and his career was over but if you learn the playbook and can get separation, Brady will throw to you. Harry can’t get separation and there were times when he wasn’t on the same page as everybody else.. BY going public, he decreased his trade value which won’t go voer well w Belichick…

  53. Betting if the Pats are willing to accept a ham sandwich or a box of Pop Tarts, they’ll have plenty of trade partners.

  54. In order to be productive you have to play. Being hurt all the time and not being able to learn the playbook may have just a little to do with his plight.
    I would love to see him stay in NE and bench sit and stew for a year or two. Set an example for other potential game bricks, you dont do the work you dont play.

  55. nfldivas says:
    July 6, 2021 at 5:49 pm
    He is one of the many, many failed 1st round drafted receivers. He had athletic talent that made him look great in college, that talent is erased in NFL where 5 yards easily get open in college becomes a 1/2 yard is considered open in the NFL and the receiver has to fight for the ball; most cannot make that adjustment (this is also why so many highly drafted QB’s fail too).
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    Ya all he had to do was run down the field and outrun the coverage. No game book for that. Asking him to do a multitude of other things was mentally too much

  56. hpats2011 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 3:40 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    touchback6 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    HA nobody would give anything for this guy.

    ———-

    Remember when you said he was the best receiver taken in that draft?

    ——

    I remember when he said he would leave and not come back if the Pats failed to with the AFCE

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    Amen to that brother

  57. Not mentioned in the numerous above posts,does anyone in the know universe see BB working with an agent about playing time, etc… ever? Good Orbach, BB is who he is and I’m confident he couldn’t give a crap about an agent nobody has heard of except the agent’s mother.

  58. My agents requests that the guy in the college highlights show up in Foxboro instead of whoever the imposter is. No YAC. This guy goes down way too easily when he does make a catch. He’s had opportunities but hasn’t seized them.

  59. My ever-lasting image of Harry is one play:

    Harry running a crossing route, nobody open in Brady’s normal <2.5 seconds release time. He points for Harry to turn and run upfield but Harry instead gives up and stops at the sideline. Brady has nowhere to go and has to throw the ball to the WIDE OPEN spot that he pointed to just upfield of Harry.

    After the game Harry said he thought Brady was pointing to someone else.

  60. The Eagles could use some size at Wr and I think Accega-Whiteside and K’Neal straight up might be the best for both organizations and both players.

  61. He’s on the team until they can get a nice 3rd round compensatory pick for him

  62. This whole scenario speaks not about K’Neal, but rather circumstances within the NE organization… The team record last year speaks for itself. Time will reveal the Truth. Good luck Harry.

  63. Go watch the tape of this guy at Arizona State, and watch every play and write down what you see. Shut off your phone. Turn down the volume, and just let the tape do the talking. You’ll scratch your head and wonder why on earth New England drafted this guy. Don’t they watch tape? This one was quite obvious. He doesn’t put out any effort. He has a nice highlight tape, but he doesn’t like football. He won’t block, although he has the ability to be a great blocker. I’ll bet you can find a good block on his highlight tape. Talent plus great effort equals an NFL player. Talent without any effort equals a guy asking to be traded. I really can’t blame the kid. Talk to your personnel department. What are they looking at, or are they even looking? Throw those darn highlight tapes away.

  64. There has been a big upgrade at the position this year which means he is looking at even tougher competition in camp this year than he has really seen before. And he has already had an undrafted player surpass him. He does not have the special teams value to bolster his case either. He was likely looking at a cut anyhow. But also thats why he is not going to get traded. Why should anyone give anything when they know he is going to be available for free in a few weeks anyhow.

  65. According to his agent Harry has 86 targets in his career and the article says he has 45 catches. Let’s do some simple math 45/86= Not a good percentage of passes thrown his way are caught.

  66. No way someone is dumb enough to take him just cut him. Could have had DK Metcalf or AJ Brown but Belichick the drafter strikes again.

  67. As for his ASU tape, ehh, it shows he is good at triple AAA but can’t play in the bigs, he is slow, can’t separate. His college plays were mostly guile, pro defensive backs check this guy with ease.

  68. Those claiming Belichick is just bad at drafting that position just don’t get the system. The Erherdt/Perkins system is very complex. Very good receivers elsewhere like Chad Johnson and Reggie Wayne couldn’t play in it, so even these guys like Metcalf and others who you think they should have picked might not have made it in New England either. It’s just not an easy system to grasp, and so you grab a guy and try to teach it to him. Whether he gets it in the end is a dice throw.

  69. realfootballfan says:
    July 6, 2021 at 8:29 pm
    Those claiming Belichick is just bad at drafting that position just don’t get the system. The Erherdt/Perkins system is very complex. Very good receivers elsewhere like Chad Johnson and Reggie Wayne couldn’t play in it, so even these guys like Metcalf and others who you think they should have picked might not have made it in New England either. It’s just not an easy system to grasp, and so you grab a guy and try to teach it to him. Whether he gets it in the end is a dice throw.
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    I think both of those guys(Johnson and wayne) being washed up and at the end of their careers had something to do with it.

  70. I think Harry can play. I just don’t think it’s gonna be as a starter. But a guy who comes in and can block really well and high point the ball pretty good should be able to get a job. The pats playbook is just to complex for some of these guys. Brady made all those guys look good. Without Brady BB and McDaniels just look lost. They should simplify and run the ball more.

  71. regarding the system being so complex and lets say half the talented receivers can’t pick it up …. well just kinda throwing it out there now that #12 has departed for warmer pastures, would it not be the time to make the system match and take advantage of the present and available talent instead of the round holes fitting into square pegs just because it looks better on paper instead of real life ???

  72. Tarde him to Green Bay for Rodgers. It would be fun to see Mr. Thin Skin play for BB. He’d wilt.

  73. BB is a first-ballot Hall of Fame coach, but a really quite middle-of-the-road GM when it’s all said and done.

  74. rugbyred says:
    July 6, 2021 at 3:05 pm
    sneakers19 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    Only reason he isn’t living up to expectations is that he does not have a quarterback. Cam is not the answer in NE…
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Cam isn’t the answer, BUT Brady was there in 19.

    —————————————————————————————

    N’Keal Harry hurt his ankle in the 2019 preseason and missed most of his rookie year. He didn’t get to play much with Brady

  75. New England set to be the new home mediocrity. Hope he goes to Jets and lights up the league.

  76. Lol that agent. I remember Harry in college and he was super lucky that NE is bad at evaluating WR’s. Harry didn’t belong anywhere near the top 3 rounds of the draft as he was just a gimmicky player with size. Say thank you to NE for the extra money and stay on roster as long as you can. That was quite the year at WR when he came out. It says a lot to miss on a WR in that draft.

  77. This guy was arguably the reach of all BB reaches. Only Jordan Richards was worse. Sure Chad Jackson was a mistake, but at least he had talent.

  78. touchback6 says:
    July 6, 2021 at 2:55 pm
    BB won’t like this going public. Which ever scout suggested this kid needs to be reassigned.

    Chad Jackson 2.0

    At least Jakobi Meyers is a stud in fhe making. Now they just need a QB to emerge.

    ==================

    BB went against the scouts and drafted him. Go ahead, reassign BB.

  79. [ N’Keal Harry] will be lucky to be traded and if he is it’s probably not going to be to a team with a QB situation that is much better than New Englands……

    There’s 27 teams with better QB situations better than New England’s.

  80. Belichick couldn’t find a receiver from an historically rich WR draft. The dude just can’t do high round drafting

  81. With his ill-advised demand for a trade, it’s a certainty that if there were an NFL franchise in Siberia, that is where Harry would be traded. As it stands, the Lions are a good bet.

  82. Wow. I’ve heard some ridiculous PR spin, but his agent is really busting out the jumbo fertilizer shovel on this one.

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