Damien Harris

Damien Harris

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After barely seeing the field as a rookie, Harris had his sophomore NFL campaign bookended by three-game absences due to finger and ankle injuries. For the 10 games in between, he was a solid addition to the New England backfield, posting three 100-yard rushing games and averaging five yards per carry in an offense that gave defenses little reason to worry about the passing game. Harris' best asset is his versatility. He's a patient runner with the power and balance to make his way through traffic, and while James White's presence gave him few opportunities to show it, Harris' college resume suggests he could handle third downs in a pinch. He doesn't have breakaway speed, meaning he needs volume to make an impact rather than being a threat to go the distance with every touch. With Sony Michel having been traded to the Rams, Harris has a chance to be the team's clear-cut option on running downs. Meanwhile, White remains entrenched as the team's top pass-catching/change-of-pace option, with power back Rhamondre Stevenson poised to serve as a complement/backup to Harris when it comes to early-down work, and 5-foot-6, 185-pound J.J. Taylor potentially mixing in as well. Though Stevenson impressed during the preseason, the Patriots have in the past tended to ease rookie backs into the mix, so with Michel -- who had been in line to see his share of touches in tandem with Harris -- out of the picture, added opportunities are now available for Harris in what could be a run-heavy attack helmed by rookie QB Mac Jones. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.63 million contract with the Patriots in June of 2019.
Not on Week 7 injury report
RBNew England Patriots
October 20, 2021
Harris wasn't listed on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Patriots listed 16 players on the report, so unless Harris is added to that group as the week progresses, the running back has seemingly moved past a rib issue that rendered him questionable approaching the team's Week 6 game against the Cowboys. Harris ended up suiting up in the Patriots' 35-29 overtime loss to Dallas, logging 18 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown while adding one catch for seven yards. He'll look to build off that productive effort this weekend against the 1-4 Jets, who have allowed an average of 123.4 rushing yards per game to date.
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How do Damien Harris' 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
13.6%
 
Positive Run %
82.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
3.7%
 
Touches Per Game
14.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
54.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.3%
 
% Team Targets
4.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
88.9%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.5
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Snap %
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7936%
828%
4822%
606%
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414%
3717%
182%
42%
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
82.4
 
Cornerbacks
84.6
 
Safeties
80.4
 
Linebackers
80.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Damien Harris' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Just like many Patriots rookies before him, Harris essentially spent his first season in the NFL as a redshirt, playing only two games and getting only four carries. That is by no means a signal he's a washout, however. James White was equally invisible in 2014 before emerging as one of the league's most valuable pass-catching backs. While Harris doesn't have White's hands or route-running prowess, the third-round pick out of Alabama does possess a skill set that could allow him to eventually thrive as a versatile option in Bill Belichick's offense if he gets the chance - a chance that might come as soon as this season if Sony Michel fails to make an impact once again in the lead role or struggles to stay healthy. It's possible that Tom Brady's departure could force the team to lean even more heavily on its ground game, opening up touches for Harris even if he isn't starting. The jury remains out on his potential upside, but he should at least begin to make his case this season once he recovers from a training camp finger injury.
Given the parade of talented backs that passed through Alabama the last few years, Harris' consistent production is impressive - he topped 1,000 scrimmage yards each of the last three seasons despite maxing out at 172 touches. He doesn't possess any one standout ability in the backfield, but instead profiles as the same kind of jack-of-all-trades that Rex Burkhead was intended to be for the Patriots. In addition to good vision and balance to find yards between the tackles and in traffic, Harris is an effective outlet receiver who gets extra points for his solid instincts as a pass protector. What he lacks is speed or a surprising burst that would allow him to escape NFL defenders on a regular basis. His spot on the depth chart in a talented New England backfield won't do him any favors to begin the season, but the rookie's snaps and touches should increase once he proves to Tom Brady and the coaching staff that he can be trusted to do his job in almost any situation.
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Hits century mark in OT loss
RBNew England Patriots
October 17, 2021
Harris carried the ball 18 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for seven yards in Sunday's 35-29 overtime loss to the Cowboys.
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Active versus Cowboys
RBNew England Patriots
October 17, 2021
Harris (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
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Likely to play Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
Ribs
October 17, 2021
Harris (ribs), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Team optimistic about status
RBNew England Patriots
Ribs
October 17, 2021
The Patriots have some optimism that Harris (ribs) -- who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys -- will suit up, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Questionable for Week 6 contest
RBNew England Patriots
Ribs
October 15, 2021
Harris (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys after practicing in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday.
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