New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 17: Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammates David Andrews #60 and Justin Bethel #29 after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • One of the biggest highlights of this year’s NFL Top-100 list was Patriots quarterback Mac Jones making the list as a rookie. Jones was voted by his peers the 85th-best player in football, which caused quite the outcry from fans of other teams around the league.

    Despite the Patriots being a playoff team, Jones was one of only two players to make the NFL Top-100 list from the team this year. He was joined by Matthew Judon, who was ranked 52nd.

    However, the Patriots nearly had two other players on the list. As part of the series finale Sunday night, the NFL also shared the players who ‘missed the cut’ and finished ranked 110-101 in the voting. Running back Damien Harris came in at 103rd, and center David Andrews quite literally just missed the cut after being voted the 101st best player in the league.

  • Harris was the staple of the Patriots’ rushing attack last season. In 15 games he ran for 929 yards (at 4.6 yards per carry) which ranked 10th in the NFL. 27.2 percent of those carries resulted in first downs, the second-highest rate among the top 10 rushers. His 15 rushing touchdowns ranked second in the league.

    Andrews anchored an offensive line that allowed the third-fewest sacks in the NFL (28) while rushing for the eighth-most yards per game (126.5). He served as a team captain in 2021, his fifth time doing so in six NFL seasons (he missed the entirety of the 2019 season due to a medical issue).

    Harris and Andrews may have been the only players listed on the bubble, but it would be interesting to see where a handful of other Patriots players ended up in the voting. Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, and safeties Devin McCourty and Kyle Dugger all had impressive seasons as well.

  • Damien Harris 2021 game log

     
    Rush Rush Rush Rush Rece Rece Rece Rece
    Date G# Week Opp Result Att Yds Y/A TD Tgt Rec Yds TD
    2021-09-12 1 1 MIA L 16-17 23 100 4.35 0 3 2 17 0
    2021-09-19 2 2 @ NYJ W 25-6 16 62 3.88 1 1 1 2 0
    2021-09-26 3 3 NOR L 13-28 6 14 2.33 0 2 2 -3 0
    2021-10-03 4 4 TAM L 17-19 4 -4 -1.00 0 2 2 30 0
    2021-10-10 5 5 @ HOU W 25-22 14 58 4.14 1 0 0 0 0
    2021-10-17 6 6 DAL L 29-35 18 101 5.61 1 1 1 7 0
    2021-10-24 7 7 NYJ W 54-13 14 106 7.57 2 2 2 7 0
    2021-10-31 8 8 @ LAC W 27-24 23 80 3.48 1 1 0 0 0
    2021-11-07 9 9 @ CAR W 24-6 15 30 2.00 1 1 1 3 0
    2021-11-14 10 10 CLE W 45-7 Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac
    2021-11-18 11 11 @ ATL W 25-0 10 56 5.60 0 1 1 9 0
    2021-11-28 12 12 TEN W 36-13 11 40 3.64 1 1 1 12 0
    2021-12-06 13 13 @ BUF W 14-10 10 111 11.10 1 0 0 0 0
    2021-12-18 14 15 @ IND L 17-27 Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac Inac
    2021-12-26 15 16 BUF L 21-33 18 103 5.72 3 1 0 0 0
    2022-01-02 16 17 JAX W 50-10 9 35 3.89 2 1 1 12 0
    2022-01-09 17 18 @ MIA L 24-33 11 37 3.36 1 4 4 36 0
    15 Games 9-6-0 202 929 4.60 15 21 18 132 0
    Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 8/29/2022.
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