GM Ryan Poles made his thoughts on Harry clear. He had high hopes that a fresh start in Chicago could help him reach his potential, and for the small price of a seventh round pick, it was a risk worth taking.
Harry has the rare physical tools that can make him a could-be game changer when used appropriately. His combination of size and speed in college gave Bill Belichick and the Patriots enough reason to use a first round pick on him in the 2019 NFL Draft.
In Chicago, Harry will have an opportunity to compete for a major roll in a Bears receiving room that desperately needs someone to step up:
In all honesty I’m all for the N’Keal Harry trade. You don’t find 6’4, 220 lb wide receivers with that kind of college production in the 7th.— Joseph Herff (@JosephHerffNFL) July 12, 2022
Bears now got him and Equanimeous St. Brown competing for the big ‘X’ wide receiver. Hopefully one develops 😅pic.twitter.com/xb3KeGgtoK
The hope is that Harry comes to Chicago embracing change and motivated to unlock his potential. All signs so far point to that being the case.
“I got a real chip on my shoulder,” Harry said at training camp. “I’m looking to come in and do anything I can to help this team win. I feel like I fit very well within the offense, so, you know, I’m ready to go, man.”
Harry isn’t the only one who believes he could fit right in with the Bears. New Bears offensive coordinator, Luke Getsy, has a plan for a new offensive system that should better utilize Fields and the Bears offensive weapons.
According to Getsy, Harry has already been impressive in camp:
Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said of new receiver N'Keal Harry: "He came in here with a purpose. … I'm very impressed with how he's approached this thing."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) July 28, 2022
2022 is a huge year for the Bears and the young players on the roster who hope to have an NFL future.
With more salary cap space becoming available next offseason, this upcoming season is crucial for player assessment and determining who has as future roll on the Bears roster moving froward. There’s always a chance Harry takes the step towards his true first-round potential.
With so much focus pointing towards second-year QB Justin Fields, it will also be essential that the receiving core takes a step and allows him to truly develop appropriately.
If Harry is legit, it would certainly make things easier on Fields.
With preseason games around the corner, it will exciting to watch what role Harry fills in the Bears offense and how Luke Getsy schemes around his new players.
For now, all we can hope is that fire follows the smoke from training camp.
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