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Rookie N'Keal Harry following Julian Edelman's lead early in Patriots career

Rookie N'Keal Harry following Julian Edelman's lead early in Patriots career

FOXBORO -- It didn't take long for New England Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry to stand out Thursday at OTAs.

The Arizona State product, who the Patriots selected No. 32 overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, made five receptions during 11-on-11 drills at Gillette Stadium. He also hauled in multiple touchdown catches.

Harry is learning from all kinds of people as he gets acclimated to a new city, a new team and a new offense. One of the teammates he's leaning on is Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who also participated in Thursday's OTAs.

"Just following his lead," Harry said of Edelman. "Just seeing the types of things he does, seeing the way he prepares before practice, after practice. Those are going to be the biggest things. He's helped me a lot so far."

Edelman is an excellent route runner, and some of that has begun to rub off on Harry.

"Most definitely," Harry said. "I've seen myself improve on route-running already within the first three days, so I'm just going to keep listening to him and keep that same approach and that same mindset coming into practice every day."

Harry and Edelman were among the Patriots wideouts who practiced fielding punts, and while that part of the game is not new for the rookie, the unpredictable New England weather conditions make the job a little more difficult than it was at Arizona State.

"It’s definitely different than a place like Arizona just because it’s windy," Harry said. "But that’s just something that’s going to take repetition and take practice. I’m going to have to work on it every day.”

Harry's size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds), strength and ability to make tough catches in traffic could see him line up in a few different spots in the Patriots offense this season, and he's ready for all the roles the coaching staff could ask him to fill in 2019.

"I just want to do whatever I can to be successful and to help the team win," Harry said. "Whatever coach asks of me, I'll do it, whether that's on the inside, whether that's in the slot. If they want to put me in the backfield, it doesn't matter. I'll do whatever I need to do."

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NFL Rumors: Patriots have spoken with WR Terrelle Pryor

NFL Rumors: Patriots have spoken with WR Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor is ready to attempt an NFL comeback, and the New England Patriots apparently have expressed some interest in giving him a shot.

The 31-year-old quarterback-turned-wide receiver last played in 2018 when he spent two games with the Buffalo Bills and six with the New York Jets. Last November, he suffered serious injuries to his shoulder and chest in a stabbing incident that put his career in jeopardy.

With that scary event behind him, Pryor has resumed working to get back onto the field and he says he has been in contact with five NFL teams -- namely the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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"Those two are very intriguing," Pryor told TMZ Sports. "Especially Cam [Newton]. I've been a big fan of him throughout the years ... And, obviously, Big Ben [Roethlisberger], that's my hometown of Pittsburgh, so that's just two teams that I really want to play for."

"I can still play," Pryor added. "And, I can still make plays and dominate. I know that."

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It's been a while since Pryor has been a productive receiver. His most notable season came in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns, when he hauled in 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.

It wouldn't hurt the Patriots to bring in Pryor on the cheap, especially since they recently created major cap space. New England's wide receiver depth chart is a bit thin heading into training camp with Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry, Marqise Lee, Damiere Byrd, and Jakobi Meyers currently on the squad among others who will compete for roles on the 53-man roster.

Ex-Panthers player says Cam Newton with Bill Belichick is 'terrifying'

Ex-Panthers player says Cam Newton with Bill Belichick is 'terrifying'

A healthy Cam Newton at quarterback is an exciting thought for New England Patriots fans, but a "terrifying" one for players across the league.

Newton clearly has a chip on his shoulder as he returns from an injury-plagued 2019 to compete for the Patriots' starting job. The 2015 NFL MVP already has posted multiple hype videos and social media posts emphasizing his motivation as he begins his new chapter.

If Newton indeed is at full strength in 2020, that could spell trouble for the rest of the league. New York Jets guard Greg Van Roten, who spent five years with Newton on the Carolina Panthers, explained on SiriusXM NFL Radio why Newton joining forces with head coach Bill Belichick could be a serious problem for opponents.

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"It's definitely terrifying to think if Cam Newton's healthy and he's in Belichick's offense, you know, in my division, it could be a long year for the other teams, because he's a game-changer," Van Roten said. "He came into the league, you know, he's a league MVP, brought a team to the Super Bowl – he's just built differently than a lot of quarterbacks. And he's a headache to game plan for.

"So when he's healthy, you can stop the run from him, but then you gotta defend the pass. If you can stop the pass, well then you've got to account for the run. So, it's basically, pick one thing and he'll do the other. And then you couple him with Belichick, who only cares about winning and Cam really wants to prove himself, so it's definitely a recipe for disaster for the rest of the league if they can figure it out."

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Newton still will have plenty to prove once training camp comes around, but the three-time Pro Bowler has wasted no time getting up to speed with the Patriots offense. Last week, Newton posted a photo of himself studying the Pats' playbook and also spent some time working out with second-year wide receiver N'Keal Harry.

With a motivated Newton ready to learn under arguably the greatest head coach of all time, it's easy to see why opposing teams are petrified of what the duo can accomplish together.