Josh McDaniels on 'next step' N'Keal Harry needs to make

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N'Keal Harry has now played 16 games -- a full season -- and his career numbers haven't exactly been worthy of a first-round selection.

Harry has 36 catches for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, D.K. Metcalf, who was selected roughly 30 picks after Harry, has more yards in his last four games (359).

Speaking via conference call Tuesday, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked about Harry and his overall development after 16 games.

“I think N’Keal has done some things — certainly some positive things that have helped us during the course of the games that he’s played,” he said. “And I think, like most young players who’ve had to miss time throughout the early part of their careers, he’s got plenty of things that he can improve on and that he needs to improve on.

“The name of the game for young guys is to learn how to play and how to do their job at this level, and then to be able to be consistently dependable doing it against good competition under pressure is the next step for guys in this league.”

Harry has played in three games since missing two games with a concussion and he hasn't recorded a catch in two of the three.