Brandon Beane continued his free agent purchases with the AFC East on Monday.
Just hours after it was announced that the Buffalo Bills had signed former WR Miami Dolphins Trent Sherfield, it was announced that the team had agreed to a one-year contract with former New England Patriots quarterback Damien Harris.
Last week, Bills general manager Brandon Bean said the team wants to sign a bigger roster. Harris, 214 pounds with bruises on his back, fits the bill for exactly what the team was looking for in addition to James Cook.
Harris, 26, moved to Buffalo after spending the first four seasons of his career in New England. The Patriots originally selected Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Heel saw only four tugs as a rookie before his role expanded with the Patriots. His best season came in 2021 when he rushed for 929 yards and threw 15 touchdowns on 202 carries (4.6 YPC). In his three-plus seasons in New England, Harris rushed for 2,094 yards and threw for 20 touchdowns. He doesn’t pose much of a threat to catch the ball, but Buffalo has options in Cook and Nyheim Hines.
The veteran back was something of a thorn in Buffalo’s side in his career. Harris played against the team four times in his career and ran for over 100 yards in three contests. He also scored five rushing touchdowns in that span.
The biggest blow to Harris is his resilience. He has missed time every season since he started full-time in the NFL. Harris appeared in 10 games in 2020, 15 games in 2021 and just 11 games in 2022. While this will need to be monitored in Buffalo, the Bills won’t need Harris to carry the load in Buffalo. James Cook showed he deserved more of a role in the Bills offense as a rookie when he rushed for 502 yards and two touchdowns for just 89 carries (5.7 YPC). With Cook taking on a bigger role in 2023, Harris’ touches may be limited to keep him fresh throughout the year.
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