N’Keal Harry working to ‘play a little bit faster’

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Even in the limited sample of his injury-shortened rookie season, it was clear that Patriots 2019 first-round pick had some work to do in terms of his speed and quickness in his route running.

In the midst of his first NFL offseason, Harry is indeed working on his fluidity and the speed with which he’s able to play the game.

According to a report from The Athletic (subscription), Harry is working with trainer Justin Allen, the younger brother of former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen, at All-En Sports Performance in Houston. Much of the work is focused on speed.

“Everybody knows he has a God-given body,” Allen told The Athletic. “He’s a physical freak, and he is a hard worker, very competitive. We’ve been working on fundamentals. I’ve been taking him back to what you were doing when you were first playing the sport as a kid — just those little details, basic fundamentals of getting in and out of your breaks, staying low, eliminating steps in and out of breaks, loosening up his hips, teaching him how to use his hips, be more fluid and move faster than he does. We’re trying to get him to play a little bit faster so he can give a little different look next year.”

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Missing the first half of the season injured reserve with an ankle injury, Harry saw action in just seven games with five starts as a rookie. He hauled in a paltry 12 passes for 105 yards with two touchdowns.

Though the 6-4, 225-pound target has clear ability to win contested catches in the NFL, his job would obviously be easier and his contributions more consistent if he can create more separation from opposing defensive backs.

He’s putting in the work to do so, and at least according to his trainer much progress is already being made.

“He’s a fast learner,” Allen told The Athletic. “You can see the corrections happening within his workouts. It takes repetition. The more we repped, the better he got. He is definitely learning fast.”