FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with tight end Clay Harbor, as reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, and now let's go a little deeper and detail what the team is getting in the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Harbor:
Background: Harbor entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 after playing in college at Missouri State. He spent the first three seasons of his career in Philadelphia (2010-2012) before playing the last three in Jacksonville (2013-2015). The Eagles had waived Harbor prior to the start of the 2013 season and the Jaguars claimed him on waivers. He's played in 83 career regular-season games (36 starts) and totaled 111 receptions for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns.
Hybrid player: Last year, Bill Belichick compared Harbor's usage to the way Oakland utilized fullback Marcel Reece, a connection that makes sense considering that Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson was previously with the Raiders.
Coming off sports hernia surgery: Harbor reportedly underwent surgery for a sports hernia in January. Two months later, he felt good about his progress.
Workout stat: Harbor's 30 repetitions on the bench press were tops among players at his position entering the NFL. As a sophomore at Missouri State, where he was a three-time All-America selection, he had switched positions from wide receiver to tight end. His 45 receptions in his first season as a tight end established a Missouri State record.
View from Jacksonville: "Harbor’s role decreased significantly after the Jaguars signed Julius Thomas last March. Thomas missed the first four games of the season with a broken bone in his hand and Harbor caught seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown during that stretch (all coming against New England and Indianapolis), but he caught just seven passes for 75 yards in 11 other games (he was inactive once). The Jaguars did use him as a fullback at times, too, because they didn’t have one on the roster, but Harbor is more of a move tight end than an inline tight end. ... Harbor did solid work as the Jaguars’ No. 2 tight end in 2013 and 2014, catching 50 passes for 581 yards and three touchdowns in those two seasons. He started 15 of the 29 games in which he played in 2013-14." -- ESPN.com NFL Nation reporter Mike DiRocco