Washington's already questionable depth at receiver is now looking even worse after critical news dropped Tuesday.
Kelvin Harmon, who was set to take on at least a decent role and possibly much more in his second season with the team, tore his ACL while training for 2020, according to Ian Rapoport.
After that story broke, the wideout sent out this series of tweets:
Harmon's positive outlook on the situation is encouraging and will be useful as he looks to come back from the injury. That being said, this is really unfortunate for both the player and the position he was ready to contribute to.
Harmon's 2019 stats — 30 catches for 365 yards — won't wow anyone, but 23 of those grabs came after Dwayne Haskins took over as the full-time starter. Those two displayed a real connection, and it was going to be fun to watch that develop further this year.
Just last month, in fact, Terry McLaurin spoke to how he had noticed some true improvement from the former sixth-round selection during their offseason workouts together.
"Kelvin is moving really well," McLaurin said. "He has a great burst in the way he’s running his routes. His feet are clean, he’s always had really good hands. When we’re connecting on deep balls, usually everybody kind of expects me, being the fast guy, that I’m going to hit on them all and things like that, but Kelvin’s timing has been great and he and Dwayne are really building that chemistry."
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As for the offense overall, some analysts had labeled it the weakest collection of targets in the NFL, and Harmon's absence obviously won't help that. Ron Rivera is now down someone who could've been a reliable, tough presence to go alongside the likes of the dynamic McLaurin and Steven Sims.
With Harmon sidelined, guys such as rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden and Cody Latimer will have more chances come their way (though Latimer's future is unsteady, too, thanks to some potential legal trouble). Third-round choice Antonio Gibson, who's listed as a running back but made plays on the outside at Memphis, could take on some added responsibilities as well.
Serious injury news like this is always disappointing, but in the case of Harmon, it hits even harder. His career appeared to be on the upswing, plus the team as a whole was ready to count on him in 2020. The former is now delayed, however, while the latter won't come to fruition.
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