Belichick sings David Harris' praises as Patriots look to fill Hightower void


The early returns on the David Harris signing were pretty much nonexistent. How quickly the question can change from “what happened to that guy?” to “what can they get out of this guy?”

The former Jet was scratched in two of the Patriots’ first six games. He totaled just seven defensive snaps through Week 6. A second-team All Pro once upon a time in New York, Harris was of little use to the Pats before playing 19 snaps against the Falcons last week. 


Now that Dont’a Hightower is out for the season, the 33-year-old can expect more work. As Phil Perry put it this week, Harris may very well be the break-glass-in-case-of-emergency-option. 

Asked about Harris Friday, Bill Belichick intimated that the lack of early contributions was not for lack of trying. 

“You get about the same from him every week. He works hard,” Belichick said. “He’s very professional. He’s always engaged and always in tune with what you’re doing. He doesn’t miss anything. You don’t have to tell him the same thing multiple times. He hears it, tries to do it. He might make a mistake like we all do, but then [he] corrects it and understands it. 

“He’s a football guy. He’s got a lot of experience; he’s very into the game. He understands situations, understands I would say all of the things that we're doing or that we ask him to do. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s as professional as anybody in that locker room.”

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