WR Chris Harper - San Francisco 49ers
|6-1, 229||Born: 9-10-1989||College: Kansas State||Drafted: Round 4|
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2016 Week 17 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Harper had the unenvious task of alternating offensive series with Aaron Burbridge and running most of his routes on those series against Richard Sherman. To wit, all 3 of his receptions (and targets) came on plays where Sherman was in Cover-3 zone rather than Cover-1 man coverage.
2016 Week 16 vs LA (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Harper's one and only target came just over a minute into the game. The play looked like a fake bubble screen designed to get Rod Streater open deep. The Rams didn't fall for it, and so what started as a decoy route turned into Kaepernick's dumpoff option when no one else was able to get open. Harper caught the ball, but got tackled immediately.
2016 Week 15 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Harper's snaps came as a result of Quinton Patton's injury on the first play of the second quarter. Coincidentally, all three of Harper's targets came in the second quarter. His first "target" gained 6 yards on a play clearly designed for Patton: After an earlier jet sweep by Patton, this play was a dump-off after a fake jet sweep by Harper. His other two targets came later in the second quarter, both of which involved sitting down in a zone. The first -- another fake jet sweep -- resulted in a minimal gain due to the Falcons' underneath coverage. The second of Harper's targets came during a two-minute drill wherein the Falcons were indifferent to yardage. He was wide open and Colin Kaepernick delivered an accurate pass to him.
2016 Week 14 vs NYJ (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Believe it or not, all four of Harper's incomplete targets were uncatchable. The first two were Colin Kaepernick sack-avoiding throwaways. The next two came on San Francisco's final drive of regulation, but one was considerably wide of the target and the other was thrown several yards over Harper's head. With that benefit of the doubt given, Harper failed to help himself, and more importantly the team, on his lone catch, which came on his final target. On their first and only drive of overtime, the 49ers had 3rd-and-8 at the Jets' 45-yard line. Harper beat the man-to-man coverage of Juston Burris on his slant route, and Kaepernick led him perfectly in stride. But instead of catching the chest-high pass with his hands and running into the vast open space created by Chip Kelly's play design, he awkwardly attempted to catch the ball with his body. Rather than a probable game-winning touchdown, Harper's contortion made him lose his balance and fall forward for only 8 yards, thereby setting up a 4th-and-2 situation in which San Francisco was ultimately unsuccessful.
2016 Week 13 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Harper's targets came on consecutive plays midway through the fourth quarter with San Francisco down 24-6. The first was on a shallow crossing route that kept crossing and crossing because Blaine Gabbert extended the play by escaping the pocket and rolling to his left. The pass was knocked away by inside linebacker Michael Kwiatkowski. On the next play, Kwiatkowski was in coverage when Harper made a nice catch on a throw that was early and low given his pivot route. The mistimed, inaccurate throw occured presumably because the 49ers' powers-that-be chose to prepare for a game played in wind and snow by vacationing at Disney World.
2016 Week 11 vs NE (2 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Harper was part of a two-man platoon replacing the injured Torrey Smith. His first catch was due to play design, as he ran uncovered on a quick slant out of a three-man bunch right formation. His second catch was due to a highlight-worthy individual effort. In garbage time, a pass play broke down on 3rd-and-10. Harper was (legally) chucked off his route by Malcolm Butler twice within five yards, but stuck with it, eventually breaking open in the middle of the field as Colin Kaepernick rolled away from pressure. The throw was a high (and ill-advised) floater. Harper's leap had about as much hangtime as the ball did, thereby enabling him to make a fingertip catch just beyond Butler's outstretched hand.
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