The competition within the New England Patriots’ wide receiver lines is pretty big and Maurice Harris is so far succeeding in leaving his mark.
The 26-year-old who joined the Pats during the offseason has shown solid training camp performances and also made a nice touchdown grab at the Patriots’ thumping of the Detroit Lions in Week 1 of the preseason.
Now, he’s going after Tennessee Titans defensive backs.
The Patriots and Titans’ joint practices began Wednesday and Harris made an impressive grab during the portion of practice open to filming. Harris’ cut burned Titans cornerback LeShaun Sims, allowing the wideout to create some separation. Then, Pats quarterback Jarrett Stidham led Harris a bit too much with the pass, but he caught up to it and reeled it in with one hand to complete the play.
Take a look.
Harris ultimately left Wednesday’s practice early due to an undisclosed injury, but made sure he’s had an impact before leaving.
Harris’ likelihood to make the roster was clear after he showed an incredible skill during minicamp in June. But still, he had to contend with Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry, Philip Dorsett and the possibility of Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas. Aside from the rookie Harry, those receivers have already proven themselves capable of great things in this league.
Now with training camp ongoing, Harris is the most-talked about receiver. NFL Network’s Gregg Rosenthal wrote a piece on Harris and the noise that he’s making:
“Maurice Harris, wide receiver, New England Patriots: File the following under sentences I never expected to write: Maurice Harris has been talked up as the best receiver in New England’s camp by nearly every Patriots beat writer, with Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal saying it’s by a “good margin.” That doesn’t bode well for the strength of the group as a whole, but it’s not too early to expect Harris, the undrafted former Redskins receiver, to have a role on Sundays in the autumn.”