PHILADELPHIA — N’Keal Harry made his long awaited NFL debut Sunday in Philadelphia, and he actually played much more than anticipated.
After just seven snaps in the first half, Harry finished with 32 because of Phillip Dorsett leaving the game in the third quarter with a head injury. The rookie took over for Dorsett as the No. 3 receiver.
“It showed that he was ready to handle it,” fellow rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers said. “He was preparing all this time mentally, he hasn’t just been on vacation.”
Harry finished with three catches on four targets for 18 yards.
It wasn’t a game-changing debut by any means, but it certainly was something to build on.
“It was great just to finally be out there and see what it’s like,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to work on, but I’m excited moving forward.”
Added Harry: “Just routine plays that I’m supposed to make. Plays that I expect myself to make. But I’ve got a lot to work on and a lot to focus on moving forward.”
It’s likely Harry’s role is increased over the coming weeks, especially if Dorsett is forced to miss any time. Given the red-zone struggles, perhaps he could see more targets inside the 20-yard line.
Still, Sunday was all about his debut and likely a night he will never forget.
“I was very excited for him, especially seeing him have his first catch,” Meyers said. “I was happy to be here to watch it. It was an exciting time.”