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|The Patriots used the 87th pick of the 2019 NFL draft to select running back Damien Harris from the University of Alabama, a 5'10", 216 tailback who posted 876 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in a timeshare with Josh Jacobs.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Alabama head coach Nick Saban have a close relationship and share information about players and schemes, leading us to believe that the Patriots took Harris for a reason and the team will utilize him this year.
The question, is, how much will Harris eat into the workload of Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead? The unknown production level for Harris makes him a draft and stash player this season, but an injury to Michel could make him a massive value for owners willing to take the plunge.
| Rex Burkhead expected to miss Week 6|
Sony Michel, James White and Brandon Bolden top NE RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 10, 2:29 pm
|Per @AdamSchefter, Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is not expected to play tonight. This is the second straight game Burkhead will miss. Sony Michel, James White and Brandon Bolden are the top RBs, with rookie Damien Harris hoping to break through on game-day roster. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Burkhead out, Sony Michel and James White should handle the bulk of running back duties in a weathery game in New England. Michel had 16 carries and 3 receptions against the Raiders in a similar game script last week against the Redskins.
|James White out for Week 3|
Personal reasons, birth of child
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 22, 8:30 am
|Patriots’ RB James White is out today vs. Jets, per sources. White’s wife is expected to give birth. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With White leaving the team to be with his wife in the hospital, the Patriots will be down to Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and perhaps rookie Damien Harris who has been Inactive the first two weeks. Burkhead becomes a viable Flex option in PPR leagues.