N’Keal Harry after his Patriots debut: ‘It was great to finally be out there’

N'Keal Harry will see the field on Sunday. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry caught three passes on four targets in his Patriots debut Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“It was great to finally be out there [and] see what it’s like,” Harry said after New England’s 17-10 victory. “Got a lot to work on, but I’m excited moving forward.”

Harry, selected 32nd overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, started the season on injured reserve with a lower-leg injury. After being activated to the 53-man roster, he was eligible to play in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens but was among the seven inactive players. The 21-year-old finally suited up Sunday, his first game action since the team’s preseason opener.


Harry’s first catch of the game came in the second quarter, gaining 11 yards and a first down. His second reception went for four yards and his third for three.

“[They’re] just routine plays that I’m supposed to make, plays that I expect myself to make,” Harry said. “I’ve got a lot to work on and a lot to focus on moving forward.”

After recording seven offensive snaps in the first half, Harry’s snap count more than tripled in the second, when receiver Phillip Dorsett was ruled out with a concussion. Harry was one of five options for quarterback Tom Brady at receiver, joining Dorsett, Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Jakobi Meyers.