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After injuring himself diving for a ball in the second preseason game, Harry has presented Belichick with a tough decision. Does the head coach name him to the 53-man roster, giving him the ability to place the receiver on short-term injured reserve? Is it even possible to trade Harry at this point? Does Belichick just cut his losses (literally) at this point? Harry made a number of dazzling catches in 1-on-1 drills in camp, but the talent didn’t show up the same way in competitive team drills or in game action. As a player who has barely contributed anything of substance entering year 3 and finds himself injured again, Harry is dangerously approaching “bust” territory.

The N’Keal Harry trade request saga keeps getting weirder. As we’re now finding out, the Patriots’ general manager may not have even been involved.

In case you forgot, Harry’s agent Jamal Tooson shared a strongly-worded trade request through NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo back in early July.

“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 wrote, continuing to say the Patriots have misused Harry during his two seasons in New England.

“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,” Tooson continued. “That is why I have informed the Patriots today I am formally requesting a trade on behalf of my client.”

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