Vikings continue a pattern with the signing of N’Keal Harry
The Minnesota Vikings added to a crowded wide receiver room with the signing of N’Keal Harry Sunday afternoon, ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news.
The Vikings have signed WR N’Keal Harry.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 6, 2023
Harry, the last pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, hasn’t entirely lived up to the billing in the NFL. In his first three seasons with the New England Patriots, Harry appeared in 33 games, catching 55 balls on a 55.3 catch percentage for 598 yards and four touchdowns. Last season with the Chicago Bears, Harry started in just seven games, hauling in seven passes for 116 yards and a score coming against the Dallas Cowboys. With his move to the Vikings he becomes the biggest receiver on the roster standing a 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.
Here’s N’Keal Harry’s only score in the last two seasons which was against the Cowboys last October. pic.twitter.com/NQevJ5pbVy
— Jaden Lewis (@Jaden_Lewis29) August 6, 2023
A common theme
The signing of Harry shows a trend in moves made by General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah these last two off-seasons. The Vikings front office has shown that they aren’t afraid to go after former high draft picks that didn’t meet expectations. Last season, the team traded a pair of seventh-round picks for Jalen Reagor, who the Eagles took with 21st overall pick in the 2021 draft, and Ross Blacklock, the 40th overall pick in the 2020 draft.
While T.J Hockenson is an exception to not living up to the hype as he is one of the premiere tight ends in the NFL, the front office shuffled a second round pick to the Lions. Duke Shelley and Khyiris Tonga went onto play significant snaps for Minnesota after their former teams cut bait with them.
Harry could just be a training camp and preseason depth piece for the Vikings as the team has experienced the injury bug at the position. Trishton Jackson injured his leg last week while Jalen Nailor hasn’t practiced since day two of training camp according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. But, with an offensive minded head coach in Kevin O’Connell and a GM that has shown interest in reclamation projects, it will be interesting to see what the exact plan is for Harry.