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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 24: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots runs a route during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 24, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steven Senne-Pool/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Cam Newton has taken a liking to Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry, to the point that he has his own nickname for the sophomore wideout. And it remains a bit of a mystery as to its origins.


Newton did explain the nickname after letting it slip early in a video conference with reporters. It is, in fact, based on the iconic Pillsbury Doughboy character from the pastry commercials. But for people who may live to crap on the Patriots – and, for whatever reason, almost want Harry to fail – the nickname could be taken in the direction of softness.

N'Keal Harry earned the nickname 'Doughboy' from Cam Newton, under mysterious circumstances. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

N’Keal Harry earned the nickname ‘Doughboy’ from Cam Newton, under mysterious circumstances. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Not the case. Anyone who would believe that is an insane person. But anyway it’s still not totally clear what “Doughboy” means for Harry.

“It comes from the character Pillsbury Doughboy. That a specific brand that used for caking, and rest is history,” Newton said. “So instead of calling him Pillsbury Doughboy just cut it off at ‘Doughboy.’

“It’s more or less about him and his off-the-field, you know, prowess, rather than on on the field. None of my nicknames ever come from on the field, by the way. Just FYI.”

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For someone with a filthy mind, such as the person currently writing these words, well … you could use your imagination. But the “dough” in question could be in reference to being “money.” It sure sounds like Harry has been that since returning to training camp this week, making a number of impressive catches in drills based on reporters in attendance.

Hopefully “Doughboy” sticks as a nickname for N’Keal Harry, and in a good way. Just like Chase Winovich ought to be known as “Milkman.”

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at