When veteran linebacker David Harris signed with the New England Patriots this offseason, he was likely expecting to play a slightly bigger role than he has to this point. Through three games, Harris has tallied just one combined tackle, while playing extremely limited snaps.
This is shocking from a player who’s racked up 1,088 career tackles, with 35 sacks. In each of the five previous years with the New York Jets, he had at least 95 tackles, so it’s apparent that he can still play at a high level.
But, although Harris is spending more time watching from the sidelines than actually playing, he’s taking it like a true professional. As Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported, Harris spoke about the shortage of playing time, simply stating that “we’re winning right now, and that’s all you can ask for.”
That team-first type of mentality is big with the Patriots, and there’s certainly a chance that Harris could have his number called a bit more as he faces his former team on Sunday. The Patriots defense could unquestionably use some reliable faces, as they’re tied for the second-most points allowed per game this season (28.4), and have given up an average of 124.2 rushing yards and 323 passing yards per game.
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