News: 4 days agoHarris rushed six times for 19 yards and caught his lone target for 14 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos.
Spin: Harris got six carries to Rex Burkhead's five and James White's four, but Cam Newton (10 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown) outproduced the three running backs combined on the ground. Game script dictated a larger role for White, who finished with eight catches as the Patriots spent the entire game playing from behind. A more favorable game script should produce a larger role for Harris in Week 7 against the 49ers, but White and Burkhead will remain on hand to siphon off touches, even with Sony Michel (quad/illness) still out of the picture.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Harris enters his second NFL season as part of a crowded New England backfield that includes Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. A third-round pick last offseason, Harris was limited to five snaps during his rookie campaign. He lacks top-end speed (4.57 40-yard dash) but has decent size (5-foot-10, 216 pounds) and is a powerful, downhill runner with exceptional ball security (zero fumbles in 2018). He's also a good pass-catcher and blocker, which supplies him with three-down upside in the pros. Harris is buried in New England, but one injury could vault him into a big role. He's an end-of-bench stash at best.