Going into training camp, the Chicago Bears have a lot of problems at wide out. Ryan Poles, the general manager, was hesitant to commit substantial resources to the position through free agency or the draught. It was evident after witnessing what the team had at OTAs and minicamps that it wasn’t enough. They required more. So the organisation chose to take a calculated gamble by trading for former New England Patriots first-round pick N’Keal Harry.
This is a smart move by the Chicago Bears.
Will it work out? There is no way to know. The key here is they paid a cheap price while Harry is still young. He is only 24 years old. The guy went in the 1st round for a reason. Some compared him to Allen Robinson coming out of Arizona State. What he lacks in overall speed he makes up for in body control, long arms, and strong hands. Give him an opportunity to go get the ball; he was likely to come down with it.
According to Ian Rapoport, the move costs the Bears a 7th round pick in 2024. Pretty much chump change by draft standards. The Patriots have long flirted with the idea of moving on from Harry. The wide receiver himself has sought an exit since the start of last season. Nothing came together until now. He is probably thrilled for a fresh opportunity elsewhere. Harry made 57 catches for 598 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons.
Unfortunately, he never seemed to fit in with the Patriots’ offense. Their system is notorious for requiring precise route running. That was never his strength. He is more of an imposing possession receiver and an excellent run blocker. That is something the Chicago Bears wanted to target a lot this off-season. Luke Getsy’s wide-zone system demands receivers who can be in on the action. Harry is a perfect fit.
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