3. Kevin Harris
Apparently, the Patriots think they’re set at running back after signing Ezekiel Elliott, because they got rid of all their other RBs aside from him and starter Rhamondre Stevenson. Pierre Strong Jr., Ty Montgomery, J.J. Taylor and Harris were all either cut or traded prior to Tuesday’s deadline. Does Belichick not realize that running back is arguably the most physically punishing position in the sport?
The Harris move is surprising to me, as it would have made a lot of sense to slot him in at RB3 and have him learn from the two guys in front of him. Harris was a sixth-round pick last year and made a decent impression as a rookie, turning 18 carries into 52 yards and a touchdown.
Harris is only 22 and still has room to grow, so it’s weird to see New England give up on him so quickly. The team needs some sort of depth behind Stevenson and Elliott, and Harris appeared to be a good option.
The Patriots need an RB3 at some point, but Belichick didn’t seem to like any of his internal options. Harris will probably end up on the practice squad and may still get another chance later this year, but it would’ve been nice to give him a vote of confidence.
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