N'Keal Harry set the record straight on his trainer's recent controversial comments.
Harry's trainer, Rischad Whitfield, was quoted in a recent story by Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire stating Cam Newton was partly to blame for Harry's lack of production. Whitfield has since claimed he was misquoted.
Regardless, Harry wants to make it clear he was not the one behind those quotes. The New England Patriots wide receiver said Thursday he had a chat with his quarterback to clear the air.
“Yeah, I just let (Newton) know, I just made sure he knew that whatever was said — I don’t know what was said — but nothing came from me,” Harry told reporters. “Rischad hasn’t said anything like that to me. It doesn’t sound to me like something — that exact statement is something he would say. I don’t know if it was taken out of context or what happened, but I don’t know. That conversation never came from me and it was never anything that I was even aware of until I saw it on social media.”
The second-year wideout went on to praise Newton for his leadership this season.
“He's been great,” Harry added. “I said it earlier in the season. He’s really gone out of his way and really made a conscious effort to make sure that he’s doing everything he can to help me and just kind of mentoring me throughout this whole season. He’s been a huge help to me up to this point.”
Through 11 games this year, Harry has 29 receptions for 277 yards and two touchdowns. While those aren't exactly eye-popping numbers, it's worth noting the 23-year-old has shown some real progress over the last couple of weeks.
He'll look to build on that progress Sunday when the Patriots visit the Miami Dolphins for a Week 15 matchup.