Duron Harmon

Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon is a massive "Game of Thrones" fan, but what did the Patriots safety think of the series finale?

The answer to that question will have to wait until Harmon's recap this Sunday, which he previewed with a hilarious Instagram post showing him dressed as one of the show's main characters, Jon Snow.

See for yourself below:

That's dedication.

Prior to last week's series finale, Harmon gave his prediction on how the show would end. Since his prediction didn't come true, it'll be interesting to see what he thought of the series' polarizing ending.

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Duron Harmon weighs in on Patriots XL wide receiver crew

Duron Harmon weighs in on Patriots XL wide receiver crew

FOXBORO – We’ve blabbed plenty in the past week about the Patriots importing size at the wide receiver position.

What we haven’t gotten is a DB’s point of view on the influx of big guys and what it might afford the Patriots offense.

Duron Harmon gave us that on Thursday.

“They're not just tall, but they're big, strong,” said the Patriots seventh-year safety. “Going against receivers like that, it makes it a lot tougher on you. With their catch radius, they're able to use their body to get open a little bit more.

“You've got to be more physical with them, but you can't get into too (much) of a physical match, because at the end of the day they might end up overpowering you,” he added.

I don’t want to get to the point where it seems like the Patriots have been running nothing but Lilliputians out there for two decades. This is a team that trotted out Rob Gronkowski, Cordarelle Patterson and Josh Gordon for several games last year. But the common denominator to the pass-catchers they’ve brought in is size. And that will be on display during camp.

“You might have to go back and forth with how you're playing them,” said Harmon. “Hopefully they bring some of that mismatch to our offense and do a good job scoring some points.”  

The side benefit of having these varied receivers? The Patriots defenders will get a crash course in dealing with it all summer long.

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Duron Harmon: Jamie Collins' 2016 trade was 'eye-opening experience'

Duron Harmon: Jamie Collins' 2016 trade was 'eye-opening experience'

FOXBORO – In Bill Belichick’s first decade with the Patriots, jaw-dropping personnel decisions – additions and subtractions both – became routine.

I’m talking about those from-the-rafters moves like shipping out Lawyer Milloy or Richard Seymour or bringing aboard Corey Dillon or Randy Moss.

But this decade it was a little quieter. Until Halloween of 2016. That’s when Jamie Collins was traded to the Cleveland Browns. Duron Harmon said Thursday the move was an NFL epiphany for him.

“He was a Pro Bowler and a second-team All-Pro the year before,” Harmon said after one of the Patriots' OTA workouts. "Any time that happens you’re shocked because it’s your friend. I think that was probably one of the first real eye-opening experiences where I realized this is a business. We came in together, we’re great friends and he’s here one moment and the next moment he’s all the way in Cleveland."

The Collins trade illustrated how time in a Patriots uniform can be fleeting. But what happened post-trade was the real lesson. Individually, Patriots players could hate the deal down to a man. But as a team, they pocketed the indignation and went about proving Belichick right even if they thought he was wrong. They improved.

Now Collins is back and Harmon – a close friend – is happy for that.

“Me and Jamie came in together (in the 2013 draft class),” said Harmon.  “We’re friends. When he went to Cleveland we stayed in contact and we kept talking. The relationship didn’t break. We all know, he’s a tremendous football player. Athletic ability through the roof and he’s just about to come in here, do what he do and earn his spot wherever it is. Play hard and help us try to win football games.”

Even if the trade to Cleveland felt like an exile, Collins did get the payday he hoped for: a four-year, $50 million deal that he realized $27 million of. As Harmon tells it, there is no hesitancy on Collins' part about coming back.

“He’s excited to be back, so that’s always good when the excitement is there,” he said. “I’m really just looking forward to seeing him out there again, seeing him with us, building that chemistry and doing everything we can to make sure we got the best defense come the first game.”

With Collins in the mix, the Patriots are better now than they were on Tuesday. Everybody's a little bit older. But they're also a little bit wiser.

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