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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#74.73
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$Signed a four-year, $3.63 million contract with the Patriots in June of 2019.
Scripted out of playoff loss
RBNew England Patriots
January 15, 2022
Harris rushed the ball nine times for 30 yards in Saturday's 47-17 loss to Buffalo. He added one reception for seven yards.
ANALYSIS
In line with the rest of the Patriots' offense, Harris struggled to produce in New England's blowout loss to Buffalo in the wild-card round. He handled the majority of the work out of the backfield while the game was competitive, though the team was forced to largely abandon the run game after falling behind 27-0 by halftime. Even in his limited opportunity, Harris struggled to only 3.3 yards per carry despite a long 14-yard gain early in the third quarter. Harris ended the regular season with a career-high 929 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he should enter the 2022 campaign as New England's primary rusher once again.
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Advanced NFL Stats
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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
12.9%
 
Positive Run %
84.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
51.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
7.4%
 
Touches Per Game
14.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
56.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.1%
 
% Team Targets
4.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
85.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.8
 
% Targeted On Route
17.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.11
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Snap %
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40935%
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1826%
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3956%
605%
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2021 Damien Harris Split Stats
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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
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Damien Harris
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14 days ago
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14 days ago
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DraftKings NFL: Wild-Card Saturday Breakdown
14 days ago
Ryan Belongia breaks down the Saturday wild-card contests as Mac Jones doesn't project well in what should be a run-heavy Patriots attack.
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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Suiting up Saturday
RBNew England Patriots
January 15, 2022
Harris (hamstring) is listed as active for Saturday night's game against the Bills.
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Listed as questionable
RBNew England Patriots
Hamstring
January 13, 2022
Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's playoff game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Remains limited at practice
RBNew England Patriots
Hamstring
January 12, 2022
Harris (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
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Limited on practice estimate
RBNew England Patriots
Hamstring
January 11, 2022
Harris (hamstring) was estimated as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice report.
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Finds end zone in loss
RBNew England Patriots
January 9, 2022
Harris carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught all four of his targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins.
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