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Deonte Harris proved he needs a larger role with the Saints in 2021

Deonte Harris proved he needs a larger role within the New Orleans offense heading into next season.

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Deonte Harris had a breakout rookie season in 2019, and that is putting it lightly. The undrafted free agent made the Pro Bowl as a kick return specialist, and after his spectacular debut, the thoughts and eyes turned towards what he could be for the franchise. His speed, talent and character all embodied exactly what the New Orleans Saints were after. As such, it came as no surprise when talk about the expansion of his role arose this past offseason.

Harris is a talented player, and what New Orleans lacked in a deep threat they saw in Harris. The start of the 2020 season saw Harris’ role immediately expanded. He was quickly integrated into the offense as a receiver and his speed was not only utilized, but quickly became his calling card. Unfortunately for the player, he dealt with a neck injury that kept him from reaching his full potential and ideal role within the offense and special teams.

However when he did play, he was a play maker and a game changer. Harris racked up 237 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in just nine games. Not bad for a player who was a return specialist just the previous season. If anything, Harris proved in his injury-shortened 2020 season that he has the potential to be a special player on offense, not just on special teams. In a season where the team could look a lot different due to cuts and trades, having a guy with the talent and drive like Harris could be a huge boost.

Undoubtedly, Harris will want to return to his production of that in his rookie season come next year. He has the talent and potential to be able to do so, and it would not surprise many on Airline if Deonte Harris finally unlocked and realized his full potential next season. He could be the dark horse candidate for the potential success of the franchise next season.


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