TE Demetrius Harris - Cleveland Browns
|6-7, 230||Born: 2-29-1991||College: UW-Milwaukee||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: vs Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Good matchup. The Browns passing offense remains one of the most disappointing units of 2019, as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham just have not figured out how to work together this year. Beckham was held to just 29 yards last week with just three receptions. Beckham is now questionable with a groin injury, and if he is unable to go, the Browns receiving group is incredibly thin. The Browns have an underlying issue which is that Baker Mayfield has been atrocious cycling through his reads this year, but at the same time the receiving options outside of Landry and Beckham have been horrendous at getting open putting a lot of pressure on Landry and Beckham. This makes the job of the quarterback incredibly tough when he defense knows they only need to take away your first and second read. The offensive line has not helped the situation as Mayfield was sacked five times last week and has now been sacked 32 times this year. The good news is that the Browns will get left tackle Greg Robinson back after he missed last week with a concussion, but he is just average at best and the main issue is the right side of the line with Chris Hubbard and Wyatt Teller at right guard. The Bengals are a passing defense continue to be one of the worst in the NFL this season. While they have only allowed one 300-yard passer on the year, this is mostly due to the Bengals having faced the fewest passing attempts in the NFL this year as teams have not needed to throw in blowout situations. When teams do throw, they carve through this defense as they have allowed the most yards-per-attempt on the season at 8.5. The problem is that outside of Darqueze Dennard in the slot, the Bengals have some of the worst combinations of corners and safeties as William Jackson and B.W. Webb both are liabilities at corner. Another issue is the overall lack of pass rush generated by the Bengals as they have just 20 sacks on the year which is the third-fewest in the NFL this season which gives opposing quarterbacks more time to pick on the weak corners and safeties of the Bengals.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Demetrius Harris's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Harris made just two catches in the game, an eight-yard catch in the second quarter and a 12-yarder in the fourth. He also drew a red zone target in the fourth quarter near the Miami goal line. He failed to make the diving catch but drew a personal foul penalty on the play which set the Browns up for a field goal.
2019 Week 10 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Harris made just two catches in the game but both were big plays for his team. They also both came on the same drive in the first quarter. He hauled in a 12-yard sliding catch on third-and-10 and then followed that up with a 16-yard catch and run on fourth-and-one to keep the drive going. Harris will see more playing time while Ricky Seals-Jones is out but he is not a major part of the Cleveland passing attack.
2019 Week 9 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Harris was busy in the first half, catching two passes, a 12-yarder in the first quarter and a four-yard gain in the second. He also came close to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter as Baker Mayfield found him at the back of the end zone. Unfortunately, he was too deep in the end zone and ran out of room when he landed. Harris came back to catch a nine-yard pass in the third quarter. Fellow tight end Ricky Seals-Jones took a direct hit on the knee during the second quarter and did not return. If Seals-Jones winds up missing time, it would benefit Harris.
2019 Week 8 vs NE (3 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Harris had his best game as a Brown in Week 8 against the Patriots. He caught the team's lone touchdown, a 21-yard strike from Baker Mayfield in the second quarter. Harris got open near the end zone and was able to twist his body to cross the goal line before his defender was able to get a hit on him. In the third quarter, Harris got a step on his defender down the left sideline. Mayfield saw him but his pass was underthrown, hitting Harris' defender in the back of the helmet. The tight end's other catch was a 12-yard gain down the middle of the field. Harris and Ricky Seals-Jones have been alternating solid fantasy performances, making it difficult to guess who will have a big game in any given week.
2019 Week 5 vs SF (2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Harris was quiet in this one, but at least he was targeted after not recording a stat in Week 4. His only catch came behind the line of scrimmage and went for no gain. Later, he drew an end zone target but a defender tipped away the ball on what would have been a challenging, over-the-shoulder grab.
2019 Week 3 vs LAR (2 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
Harris saw just two targets but both came in the end zone. He got wide open in the back of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Baker Mayfield went back to him in the end zone in the fourth quarter but Harris couldn't come down with the ball. He leapt up and got his hands on the high pass but was unable to secure the catch. It wouldn't have been an easy grab but the ball did look catchable. It is clear that the Browns want to use Harris' big frame when they get in close to the goal line.
2019 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Harris caught just one pass, a four-yarder during the first quarter. He presumably would become a bigger part of the offense if the concussed David Njoku is unable to play against the Rams in Week 3 but the Browns didn't use him much even after Njoku left in Week 2.
Latest NewsBrowns | Wednesday practice report for Browns (Wed Dec 4, 03:39 PM) - Cleveland Browns OT Chris Hubbard (knee), CB Robert Jackson (knee) and C JC Tretter (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. TE Stephen Carlson (ankle), TE Demetrius Harris (shoulder), WR KhaDarel Hodge (Achilles), S Eric Murray (knee), OG Wyatt Teller (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee) and CB Greedy Williams (shoulder) were limited during practice. RB Dontrell Hilliard (knee), OT Greg Robinson (concussion), DE Chad Thomas (chest, ribs) and LB Mack Wilson (chest, ribs) fully participated in practice. link to story Browns | Cleveland's Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 02:54 PM) - Cleveland Browns S Eric Murray (knee) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. OT Greg Robinson (concussion) also did not practice all week but is listed as questionable. DE Olivier Vernon (knee) was a limited participant in practice all week, while WR KhaDarel Hodge (Achilles) practiced in full for a second straight day Friday, Nov. 29; both players are also listed as questionable. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (groin) and LB Joe Schobert (groin) were limited in practice all week but have been removed from the injury report. TE Pharaoh Brown (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday but is expected to play. TE Demetrius Harris (neck), RB Dontrell Hilliard (knee) and WR Jarvis Landry (hip) practiced in full all week and also no longer appear on the injury report. Our View: Robinson is likely to be out and Justin McCray would replace him in a spot the Steelers pass rush is sure to pick on this week.
link to story Browns | Thursday injuries for Cleveland (Thu Nov 28, 06:56 PM) - Cleveland Browns DB Eric Murray (knee) and OT Greg Robinson (concussion) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 28. LB Joe Schobert (groin) and DE Olivier Vernon (knee) were limited. TE Demetrius Harris (neck), RB Dontrell Hilliard (knee) and WR Kadarel Hodge (Achilles) practiced in full. link to story Browns | Wednesday practice report for Browns (Wed Nov 27, 03:46 PM) - Cleveland Browns S Eric Murray (knee) and OT Greg Robinson (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 27. LB Joe Schobert (groin) and DE Olivier Vernon (knee) were limited during practice. TE Demetrius Harris (neck) and RB Dontrell Hilliard (knee) fully participated in practice. link to story
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