N’Keal Harry begins the next stage of his career on Tuesday. The Patriots’ 2019 first round pick was traded to the Chicago Bears earlier this month, and this week reports to his first camp away from New England.
Because the trade happened during the NFL’s ‘quiet’ season in July, neither team had reacted to the trade outside of an official release. On Tuesday, Bears GM Ryan Poles held his first press conference of the summer, and was asked about acquiring Harry.
“I think he has a really good skill set. He has great physical traits. And I think he has something to prove, for sure,” Poles said of the 24-year-old wide receiver. “He has the chance to improve this football team.”
Although Harry failed to catch on in New England, he could have a chance to make an impact with the Bears. Chicago has 13 receivers on its roster, but only two of those players have started more than 20 career NFL games. Meanwhile, five have less than two years of NFL experience on their resume.
On top of the lack of experience and a truly defined No. 1 following the departure of Allen Robinson, most of the group is on the smaller side for the position. That could further open the door for Harry, who stands 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.
It’s not unrealistic to expect Harry to end up making the Bears’ initial roster, despite the fact the team only gave up a seventh-round pick to get him. If he does stick, he could end up with a chance to face his old team – the Patriots host the Bears for Monday Night Football in Week 7.