N’Keal Harry gets praised following 8-catch game: ‘He’s grown up a lot this year’

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While the Patriots fell 35-30 to the Seahawks Sunday night in Seattle, there were several positives to take from the game.

One of those was N’Keal Harry, who finished with eight catches on 12 targets for 72 yards. Both of those were career-highs.

In seven games last year, Harry had 12 catches and in two games this year he has 13.

“He made a lot of plays out there and we’re going to need that from him,” Julian Edelman said afterwards. “He definitely showed he can go out and make plays consistently — tough plays, hard plays, took some bang-bang shots. I’m so proud of him for going out and playing like that. We’ve all wanted him to come out and play. He’s been getting better and better each week. That was a great performance by him.”

Edelman believes he can be even better than he’s been in these two games.

“If he keeps on working, I think he’s going to be a really good football player,” he said. “He’s got to keep on keeping. You’ve got to keep working, continually try to improve each week. He’s grown up a lot this year I feel becoming a professional. Going in, getting his work in, playing multiple positions. He’s doing well in the run game. He’s doing well in the pass game.”

Harry also was praised by quarterback Cam Newton, who has seemed to have taken Harry under his wing this season.

“[He] has grown in front of everyone’s eyes,” he said. “For him to gain confidence in himself, I think that’s a start. And I think that’s what he’s doing. I think today’s game was a great indication of that and what he could potentially be. Yet through it all, he still has to keep building to become the best version of himself.”

Through two games, Harry certainly has taken a step forward following a tough rookie season.