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Here's how Patriots rookie N'Keal Harry remains engaged despite limited playing time

Here's how Patriots rookie N'Keal Harry remains engaged despite limited playing time

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry left the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions with an injury and hasn't played since, so he's been forced to find other ways to stay engaged and learn.

“He’s been doing everything we’ve asked him to in the classroom and progressing every day," Patriots wide receivers coach Joe Judge said Monday at Gillette Stadium. "He can only improve on what he can work on. Right now, as far as my exposure with him, he’s coming to work every day with a clear head. He’s very motivated, and he’s staying very engaged mentally with everything we’re doing.”

NBC Sports Boston's Patriots insider Phil Perry observed Harry was moving gingerly during the portion of Monday's practice available to the media. Not being able to take full reps, whether they come in a game or practice, is far from an ideal situation for a rookie trying to get command of a complex offense.

“That’s just the nature of it. And that’s for everyone — rookies, veterans, doesn’t really matter. You miss out this time of the season, it’s tough," Judge said. "There’s a natural setback, but you’ve to mentally fight to stay engaged. You’ve got to get the mental reps, as we say. And physically, when you get back, you have to push as hard as you can to catch up.”

Judge does like how focused Harry is in meetings, specifically with the questions he's asking.

“I just think it’s little things day-to-day," Judge said. "Sitting in the meeting room, the little insightful questions he’s asking, ‘Why did someone make an adjustment here?’ Could he do the same thing within his role? He’s kind of trying to look deeply into the details and that’s been a positive. There’s still a lot of big picture things all of these rookies have to capture in terms of the overall offense. But really, the difference in the young guys and older guys is the details, and that’s what he’s trying to get caught up on right now.”

It's unknown if Harry will play Thursday when the Patriots host the New York Giants in their preseason finale. Harry could use the reps, but it would behoove the team not to throw him into a game setting if he's not fully ready from a physical standpoint. 

The Patriots spent a first-round pick -- the only one Bill Belichick has ever used one on a wide receiver in New England -- in the 2019 NFL Draft to bring Harry into the fold, so clearly they admire the skills he can bring to the offense. Earlier in the offseason, it looked like Harry could be a key player in the passing attack right from the start of the regular season.  But his inability to stay healthy and get preseason reps, combined with veteran wideouts Josh Gordon (suspension), Julian Edelman (injury) and Demaryius Thomas (injury) all recently returning to practice, could result in Harry receiving a little more time to work back to 100 percent. These veterans coming back lessens the need for Harry to be ready to go Week 1.

It's definitely a situation worth monitoring, though. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could have one of the most talented offenses of his 20-year career if Harry and the rest of the wide receiver group is able to stay healthy and contribute.

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Chiefs gear accidentally sent to Newark ahead of game with Patriots

Chiefs gear accidentally sent to Newark ahead of game with Patriots

The Kansas City Chiefs are getting ready for their biggest game of the season against the New England Patriots.

And while they prepare, they are dealing with a rather unconventional and comical problem.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs accidentally left an equipment container behind after their Saturday flight into town. The equipment, which includes some footballs, shoulder pads, and helmet, ended up in Newark, New Jersey.

Now, the Chiefs are scrambling to get their equipment back before the start of the team's 4:25 p.m. game against the Patriots. Per Schefter, it will arrive about an hour before the contest. But if it doesn't, the team would reportedly have to forfeit.

The Chiefs' left-behind equipment is expected to arrive between 3 and 3:30 p.m. ET, in time for Sunday's kickoff. If the Chiefs didn't have the equipment by the time the game started they would have to forfeit, per a source.

We'll certainly keep an eye on this development as the day continues. For now, it shouldn't impact the game -- save for some players having to get into uniform a bit later than usual -- but it certainly is a humorous note ahead of the Patriots-Chiefs game.

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Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

The New England Patriots don't like being counted out. And Julian Edelman is letting everyone know it ahead of their Sunday afternoon matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edelman took to Twitter on Sunday to release a hype video ahead of the Chiefs game. This week, the clip was mostly an amalgamation of various clips of analysts that are counting the Patriots out after their loss to the Texans.

Here's a look at the video.

Included among the thoughts about the Patriots:

"Tom Brady is no longer elite." 

"The offense just has no weapons whatsoever."

"It's the end of the dynasty."

Safe to say, Edelman didn't take kindly to these. And he will use them as bulletin board material along with the rest of the Patriots.

And we all know what the Patriots do with bulletin board material.

The Patriots and Chiefs will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Coverage for the game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Patriots Pregame Live.

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