Can Deonte Harris add Explosive Receiving Value Similar to Tyreek Hill? (1 Viewer)

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There was one player who blew me away in the beginning of the season and continued to blow me away as he matured during the season. Even in the beginning of the season when he made some mental mistakes on returning or not returning kicks, Deonte Harris blew me away. Every time he was on the field, I would just start smiling and my adrenaline level would jump through the roof.

He's the same size and near the same speed as Tyreek. He seems to have excellent ball catching skills. And he will be a part of the scheme of the best offensive coordinator in the league. He's just explosive and disruptive in open field.

Can Harris be as good or near as good as Tyreek Hill?
 

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Great thread, Swimmer. :9:

That .gif shows that the pass was actually UNDERTHROWN. Deonte' has some jets!

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The pass vs the Vikings was badly under thrown by Taysom Hill. Harris had to make a great catch on what should have been a walk-in TD. I give Taysom credit for hitting him at all after not being in any thing close to a “rhythm” at QB... and it was better to underthrow Harris there vs overthrow him.
 
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Maybe close in speed but hill is 5’10 solid and Harris 5’6 on a good day .

We can look in that area of comparable players I think though
 

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I would just like to add that Steve Smith was originally drafted as a return man, not WR. He begged to get a shot at WR and the rest was history
 
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I think he can be useful, but he'll need to be used sparingly and as number 3 receiver. He just looks too small. KC plays hill in the slot sometimes. If DH played slot and caught a pass over the middle he would get destroyed by linebackers. I hope I'm wrong
 

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Not as fast as Tyreek, but just as shifty. His catch radius is small, he will have to get open, which he seems to be capable of.
 

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I go to someone's Birthday Party and I miss a swimmer thread. I knew I should of stayed home. You give Taysom and Deonte increased role in this offense there will be lots of positive results. Taysom in the playoffs proved you could give him plenty of touches and still be productive. More importantly he kept the ball secure.
 

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Harris is such a great return specialist, and he has such excellent short-area quickness, explosion, and vision, that I think he could be deadly on screens.
A big reason why Pierre Thomas was so awesome at screens was because he was an outstanding kick returner. He didn’t do it very much as a pro (maybe because he lacked great long speed) but PT23 is the all time record holder for kick returns in University of Illinois history... he broke the long standing record set by Red Grange (the galloping ghost). PT23’s ability to see the field, and blocks and lanes developing in front of him, that he was able to translate that skill into the screen game.
Deonte Harris has that same skill set... only he’s much quicker and fast than Pierre Thomas was (minus Pierre Thomas’s underrated power and toughness).
 

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I look at Harris as someone who can be a vital part of the offense but Payton has to be sneaky with his game plan for it to work. But I do agree he needs to get more touches. Not going to as good as Hill but if Harris can contribute somewhat in the offense, then I am happy.
 

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To the topic of this thread. Harris' career will likely look a lot like #84 Michael Lewis.
Well maybe. But Lewis didn't get to play in a great offense with Payton game planning for him. With Harris...this is his opportunity. But that's up to Harris if he is able to take it to the next level. But I will say that route against the Vikings to fool them was nice.
 

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Short can be an advantage. At 5'6" he can literally hide behind his line and blockers. When it comes to blocking get low. The lower center of gravity has more power, quicker reflexes. He just won't win many jump balls
 

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Man.. that route was a thing of beauty.

It's not like Rhodes fell asleep at the wheel either, he was playing Cover 4 zone and was bailing out.. he just bit hard on the outside move, head nod and then Deonte cut hard back inside...

you can tell the potential to be a good route runner is there.

Remember now, Tyreek Hill was thought of as a gimmick gadget player, and pure returner his Rookie year in 2016. He dedicated himself to his craft and really learned the position over the off-season and blew up in 2017.

If Payton has a plan for Deonte to be a bigger part of the offense going forward there's no reason he can't be the occasional big play threat. He would probably have to add a few pounds of muscle to his frame though...
With his height, we have to have someone that can deliver the ball over the shoulder, in stride and on time. As blown as that coverage was, Rhodes was just a fraction of a second too late to break that up. #22 (Safety?) almost gets there on time too.

An under / late thrown pass turns that into a jump ball with defenders and I wonder how many of those he'd end up coming down with. It's been a long time since I've any of our QBs deliver a deep shot to a WR in stride.
 
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Man.. that route was a thing of beauty.

It's not like Rhodes fell asleep at the wheel either, he was playing Cover 4 zone and was bailing out.. he just bit hard on the outside move, head nod and then Deonte cut hard back inside...

you can tell the potential to be a good route runner is there.

Remember now, Tyreek Hill was thought of as a gimmick gadget player, and pure returner his Rookie year in 2016. He dedicated himself to his craft and really learned the position over the off-season and blew up in 2017.

If Payton has a plan for Deonte to be a bigger part of the offense going forward there's no reason he can't be the occasional big play threat. He would probably have to add a few pounds of muscle to his frame though...
Steve Smith was once a special teams gadget. Turned out to be a monster. Always wanted to see him and Brees on the same squad
 

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There was one player who blew me away in the beginning of the season and continued to blow me away as he matured during the season. Even in the beginning of the season when he made some mental mistakes on returning or not returning kicks, Deonte Harris blew me away. Every time he was on the field, I would just start smiling and my adrenaline level would jump through the roof.

He's the same size and near the same speed as Tyreek. He seems to have excellent ball catching skills. And he will be a part of the scheme of the best offensive coordinator in the league. He's just explosive and disruptive in open field.

Can Harris be as good or near as good as Tyreek Hill?
In a word , Yes
 

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