In his weekly mailbag article, Doug Kyed of The Athletic said the New England Patriots need to target WR N'Keal Harry deeper down the field or do a better job of getting him open in space. "I want to see what Harry can do catching a slant with room to run," wrote Kyed. "I think he has potential on back-shoulder fades. The Patriots need to find a way to get Harry to average more than 4.8 career yards per target. They’re better off running every play than throwing to Harry taking into account the inherent risk of passing the ball."
"You can’t have a receiver averaging fewer than 5 yards per target. You either need that player to start catching a higher percentage of passes or he needs to be targeted deeper. Those are the options moving forward with Harry."
Harry has an opportunity to be the go-to receiver for Cam Newton. The passing game was not needed Week 1 because of the Patriots' success on the ground paired with Julian Edelman being Julian Edelman. The Seahawks are a much different and better defense than Miami, so a coming out party Sunday would be a boon for Harry.
Lions rookie WR Quintez Cephus is likely headed for a second straight start when the Detroit Lions head to Green Bay to face the Packers, according to Kyle Meinke of mLive.com. Kenny Golladay (hamstring) has not returned to practice this week, opening the opportunity for Cephus.
"He did a great job," said Lions QB Matthew Stafford. "He’s a guy that came in Day 1 and was asked to do a lot, and he never skipped a beat."
"(He) Kind of hopped in there when it was his turn to get in there," Stafford continued. "Went out there and executed plays, so I know as a player out there, I have a lot of confidence in him, I know our coaching staff does as well. He’s just a guy who continues to work hard and learn and try to prove himself.”
Cephus has earned the trust of Stafford and the coaching staff, and he was rewarded with 10 targets this past Sunday. It is safe to say that he won't see 10 more against the Packers this Sunday, but the Lions will get the ball to whomever gets the offense going without Golladay. Cephus is on the WR4 radar as long as Golladay is out.
Jets rookie RB La'Mical Perine (ankle) logged his first limited practice Thursday, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post. “He has big play written all over him,” Jets QB Sam Darnold said. “So, if he’s healthy, we’re looking to get him involved and seeing what he can do with the ball in his hands.”
Perine has much more upside than the veteran Frank Gore, but it would be wise to avoid high expectations and workload expectations against the 49ers this week.