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New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry, a former first-round pick, asks to trade

Already in danger of not making the New England Patriots’ roster after two subpar seasons, wide receiver N’Keal Harry wants to be traded. 

Harry’s agent said in a news release Tuesday that he is “formally requesting a trade on behalf of my client.”

Harry, who played at Arizona State, hasn’t lived up to expectations after New England used a first-round pick (No. 32 overall) on him in 2019.

In two seasons, he has recorded just 45 catches on 81 targets for 414 yards and four touchdowns. 

Making matters worse for both Harry and the Patriots is that 2019 draft classmate DK Metcalf — selected in the second round by Seattle — has made an immediate impact, and last season alone racked up 83 catches for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Meanwhile, A.J. Brown, taken in the second round of the 2019 draft,  has also shined, recording a combined 122 receptions for 2,126 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first two seasons with Tennessee. 

Harry seemingly believes his lack of production stems at least partially from limited opportunities. In a statement released to the NFL Network, Harry’s agent, Jamal Tooson, explained the wide receiver’s thinking.

“For the past several months, I have been working in cooperation with the Patriots behind the scenes to put a plan in place to allow N’Keal to thrive in New England,” Tooson said in the statement. “Through two seasons, he has 86 targets, which obviously hasn’t met the expectations the Patriots and N’Keal had when they drafted a dominant downfield threat who was virtually unstoppable at the point of attack in college.

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