New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry told the media that he had yet to meet and talk with veteran quarterback Tom Brady. On Saturday (May 25), Harry finally fulfilled his dream of meeting and working out with the 41-year-old Brady, who is training on his own after deciding to skip the team’s voluntary offseason training activities (OTAs). Brady posted photos on his social media accounts of him training with Julian Edelman and Harry. Brady accompanied the photos with the caption “It’s a family affair.”

After the Patriots took Harry with the No.

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32 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Brady took to Twitter to welcome the former Arizona State standout, saying “Glad to have you N’Keal. Big things ahead, excited to work with you.” However, that was the only communication between Brady and Harry until Saturday, where the rookie wide receiver caught passes from the veteran quarterback. Harry also posted a photo of him catching a pass from Brady. The 6-foot-2 Harry is expected to help Brady’s accuracy in terms of tight passes as he is known to catch throws between defenders during his stint with the Sun Devils.

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The veteran quarterback skipped the team’s voluntary offseason training program because he wants to give more time to his family. However, Brady is training on his own since he wants to bulk up in preparation for the Patriots’ Super Bowl title defense. Earlier, Brady posted videos of his training with Edelman at Boston College and with receivers from UCLA.

Harry stood out during OTAs

According to WEEI, Harry stood out during the team’s OTA session on Thursday (May 23), especially during 11-on-11 workouts.

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Harry showed his ability to caught tight passes as he nabbed several contested throws. Harry also caught a short touchdown pass from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and had another score on a drag route. After the workout, Harry said OTAs has helped improved his route-running game.

Harry said he still has a long way to go in working on his craft, expressing gratitude to coaches for showing him different techniques to get open. “I’m just trying to apply that every day when I come out here,” said Harry. If he continues his strong showing, Harry could be in line to become the Patriots’ No. 2 wide receiver behind Edelman in the regular season.

Harry following Edelman’s lead

Harry also acknowledged Edelman’s example in helping him adapt to the new offense. According to Harry, he learns from the way Edelman prepares before and after practices. “Those are going to be the biggest things. He's helped me a lot so far,” said Harry, adding that he wants to emulate’s Edelman's route-running ability. “I'm just going to keep listening to him and keep that same approach and that same mindset coming into practice every day,” he added.

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