Source: Bills give ex-Pats RB Harris a 1-year deal

BUFFALO, N.Y.– On the exact same day the Bills saw their top rush the previous 4 periods leave for the Houston Texans, Buffalo got to contract with previous New England Patriots running back Damien Harris on a 1 year bargain, a resource informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Simply hrs previously, the Texans as well as Devin Singletary accepted a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million, Schefter reported. Singletary has actually led Buffalo in hurrying given that being picked in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL draft (choice No. 74). His substitute, Harris, was composed by the Patriots 14 choices later on, at No. 87.

Harris, that transformed 26 in February, was replaced by Rhamondre Stevenson as the Patriots’ No. 1 running back in 2022. He was likewise restricted by an upper leg injury that sidelined him for 6 video games.

Consequently, he played simply 22% of the offending breaks, contrasted to 66% for Stevenson. That was a large adjustment from 2021, when Harris played 36% of the offending breaks as well as Stevenson amounted to 25%.

The 5-foot-11, 213-pound Harris has actually played in 38 regular-season video games (34 beginnings), completing 449 hurries for 2,094 lawns– balancing 4.7 lawns per bring– as well as 20 goals. He included 40 functions for 281 lawns.

Harris revealed his need to go back to the Patriots after the group’s season-ending loss to Buffalo.

” If they wish to have me, I would certainly like to be back,” Harris stated. “Yet at the end of the day, I recognize this is a service. The company is mosting likely to do what they really feel is ideal for them as well as I need to do what I really feel is ideal for me.”

Rather, Harris will certainly sign up with a Buffalo running backs space that consists of 2022 second-round choice James Cook as well as Nyheim Hines, obtained finally period’s profession target date, along with expert Duke Johnson.

Expenses basic supervisor Brandon Beane recognized recently that the group would love to include dimension at the setting– Hines as well as Prepare both consider much less than 200 extra pounds– as well as a person that has various capabilities than what the various other 2 deal.

” We’ll remain to include there as well as search for various capability,” Beane stated Thursday. “Entirely conscious we have actually obtained a number of individuals that are about 200[pounds] Yeah, we’ll most likely include someone that’s a little much heavier than that eventually in between currently as well as training school.”

Beane has had an up-close examine the years at what Harris can do, as the previous Patriot hurried for over 100 lawns in 3 of his 5 job video games versus Buffalo, with 5 goals (consisting of 3 in one video game versus the Expenses in December 2021).

Harris has actually likewise stumbled just 3 times in his job contrasted to 10 for Singletary.

With Harris, the Expenses obtain a back that can add in short-yardage circumstances.

The Expenses have actually utilized 3 Day 2 draft tease running backs in the previous 4 years. Just Prepare remains on the lineup.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss added to this record.


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