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NFL Notebook: Why has Patriots WR N’Keal Harry lagged behind the rest of his draft class?

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

If you watched Tuesday night football between the Bills and Titans, you might have noticed Tennessee receiver A.J. Brown catching seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

If you took in the Sunday night tilt between Seattle and Minnesota, Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf had six receptions for 93 yards — including a 39-yarder — and two touchdowns.

That same weekend, Darius Slayton of the Giants had eight catches for 129 yards. And Ravens receiver Marquise Brown had six catches for 77 yards and a score.

What do they all have in common? They were all members of the 2019 NFL Draft class at receiver with N'Keal Harry, whom the Patriots took 32nd overall and second at the position.

Oh, by the way, Steelers second-round rookie Chase Claypool had seven catches for 110 yards and three scores last weekend.

Harry's per-game average this season through four games: 3.0 catches, 41.5 yards and he's scored one touchdown.

There's no question Harry is lagging behind the rest of his draft class, and he might get lapped by a few rookies this season.

The question is, why? And is there still hope for him to be an impact performer?