N'Keal Harry
N’Keal Harry wasn’t very good as a rookie. He’s trying to fix his footwork so he can take a leap in year 2. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

Can N’Keal Harry take a year 2 leap to become a better pro? The Patriots need him to because Harry was maybe the only disappointing highly regarded wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft. Not that it was super surprising to me because I didn’t like Harry coming out of the draft. Humble brag aside, Harry decided he needed to make some changes this offseason.

One of the reasons I didn’t love N’Keal Harry is because he didn’t separate. I never saw a quick high level athlete. The former Arizona State wide receiver is trying to become one. Credit to him:

“N’Keal told me, he goes, ‘All my life, I’ve been told to stay low, stay low, stay low.’ But the lower you get, the heavier you get,” Whitfield told NFL Media’s Mike Giardi in a recent interview.

“That’s a science. Anybody can do a squat right now with no barbell on their back, have a little squat and then jump. The lower they get, the heavier they get. They can’t move. I’m breaking him out of that mold.”

“He gets really wide, so I’m keeping him working with his base narrow and a little bit higher, just like a boxer,” Whitfield said.

“This is the prime example I give him: You can’t box with no footwork. You got to bob and weave and move out of the way. They’re nimble. They’re light. I got to get him to that, because he’ll get wide. He’ll stomp. He’ll move his feet, but it’s so heavy that it’s not going anywhere. He’s not moving the defensive back vertical.”

Time will tell if there’s a method to his madness. Personally, this doesn’t sound like great advice. High and narrow sounds like the opposite of what you want but I haven’t seen the video footage so I can’t judge it. The only thing we do know is the Patriots need him.