Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry makes three catches in NFL debut

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By Matt Dolloff,

At long last, Patriots rookie receiver N'Keal Harry finally got his feet wet for the first time in the NFL on Sunday against the Eagles. Harry played 32 offensive snaps and caught three of his four targets for 18 yards.

Harry actually started the game as mainly a run-blocking receiver for the Patriots. Four of his first five snaps in the first half were runs. It's notable considering that three of those plays came in a two-receiver package. It spoke to the team's confidence in Harry to contribute in that area right away.

The rookie's first career catch went for 11 yards and a first down, breaking for an in-cut with more than enough separation to absorb the football into his chest and move the chains.

"It was great to finally be out there and see what it's like," said Harry after the game. "Got a lot to work on, but I'm excited moving forward."

With Harry officially in the mix at receiver, his arrival could come at an important time for the receiving corps after the injury bug bit on Sunday. Phillip Dorsett had to leave the game in the third quarter with a head injury, putting his status for the next game in doubt. Mohamed Sanu also appeared to tweak his lower body and saw limited snaps in the second half as he rotated more with Harry and Jakobi Meyers, but he finished the game.

Overall, a positive debut for Harry. He obviously didn't light the world on fire, but his size certainly stood out. Hopefully he continues to get open and Tom Brady continues to look the rookie's way, because the offense could use all the playmaking it can get right now.

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