RB DuJuan Harris - Free Agent

5-7, 197Born: 9-3-1988College: TroyDrafted: ---

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2016 Week 7 vs TB (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Harris came in on the 49ers' third drive and immediately made an impact, rushing for 31 yards on four consecutive plays. His longest run of the game, an 18-yard gain, came during this sequence. As most of Chip Kelly's running plays involve zone reads, this rare toss sweep to the left seemed to catch Tampa Bay's defense off-guard. The running lane was massive, which is why Harris went untouched for the first 15 yards. His other long gain, a 14-yard catch-and-run on 3rd-and-11 was the exact opposite, producing the single-best individual play of the game. Kaepernick dumped the ball off (of course). Harris had two would-be tacklers between him and the first-down marker nine yards away. He juked them both in close proximity, and then juked another that arrived immediately thereafter, somehow getting to the sticks (and beyond) despite being dead to rights when he caught the ball.

2016 Week 9 vs NO (10 / 59 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 83 / 1 rec)

Let's ignore Harris' fumble that finally put the 49ers out of their misery. (It was the result of a great strip by Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro.) On his other notable plays, Harris executed his assignments well. On notable runs, he gained 23 yards on two inside-zone plays. There was also a toss sweep for 19 yards in which Harris read his blocks well. On notable receptions, Harris picked up 19 yards on a screen pass, the last 5 of which came after running over B.J. Webb with authority. Harris' touchdown was another notable reception, except it required far less individual skill. Specifically, Harris' receiving touchdown was the result of a broken Saints coverage that found him wide open, ultimately resulting in 42 of 47 yards going untouched.

2016 Week 10 vs ARI (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris was relegated to being the clear backup, but he enough snaps to comment on his performance. To wit, his best run of the game was an eight-yard scamper on read-option when Cardinals outside linebacker stayed outside, thereby allowing for a massive hole up the middle. Otherwise, accounting for the fact that San Francisco's run scheme was (seemingly) thwarted by Arizona's preparation, Harris missed out on a couple of huge gains due to picking the wrong lane on a zone-blocked run, thereby leaving at least 20 rushing yards on the field.

2016 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris needs open running lanes in order to be effective. There weren't any when his number was called.

2015 Week 14 vs BAL (18 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DuJuan Harris was largely unimpressive in relief of Thomas Rawls season-ending ankle injury managing just 2.3 yards per carry and losing a fumble in the red zone. He finished the game with 42 yards on 18 carries. He did not register a reception in the passing game as that work went to veteran Fred Jackson. His longest run of the day was for just six yards. Harris is a noticeable drop from Rawls for the Seahawks on a talent perspective. Rawls gashed the Ravens for 47 yards on the first drive where Harris managed just 42 yards the entire game in relief though the Ravens rush defense ranks 11th in the NFL

2015 Week 16 vs DET (11 / 73 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Harris didn't start, but he ended up with more carries than Jarred Hayne, almost all of which came during the first half. The box score says he averaged 6.6 yards per carry, but 58 of his 73 rushing yards came on only three carries. Two of them, which went for 22 and 25 yards, respectively, looked identical, with a wide-open lane opening up off left tackle in a shotgun formation. Any running back in the league would have gained big yardage with the play design, call, and execution that good. Harris' 11-yard second quarter run was more his own doing. With the 49ers again in a shotgun formation, linebacker Josh Bynes got immediate penetration at the point of attack, but the combination of Erik Pears' kick-out block and Harris' jump cut got him back to the line, where he then ran away from two diving tackle attempts at the second level.

2015 Week 17 vs LA (16 / 67 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 86 / 0 rec)

As a runner, Harris had the same kind of boom-bust game he had last week, perhaps even more so: Of his 61 rushing yards, 47 came on one carry. And the similarities don't end there. As was the case against Detroit in Week 16, Harris' longest run came on an inside handoff out of a shotgun formation, with San Francisco's offensive line parting the Red (and Gold) Sea. To wit, he wasn't even touched this time until he had gained 45 of the 47 yards. As a receiver, Harris largely assumed the role of "dump-off target extraordinaire" that Jarred Hayne filled last week. That said, and this may come as a shock, but his longest receiving gain (31 yards) came on a screen pass where -- wait for it -- he wasn't touched until 25 yards after the catch.

2014 Week 1 vs SEA (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris only got one carry as he mostly worked special teams. On his single run, late in the fourth quarter with the game decided, Harris showed good speed hitting the hole, but was not quick enough to accelerate once he got clear nor avoid defenders at the second level.

2014 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Harris saw just on catch on a dump pass by Rodgers while the team was driving at the end of the first half. He did a good job of turning upfield and fighting for an extra couple of yards. He had a few more snaps than James Starks (eight to Starks' four) but the only reason he got a target was he happened to be on the field when Rodgers needed to dump the ball off in an emergency. It's hard to read anything into the pecking order of the backfield otherwise.

2014 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris got in a little work in the third quarter, but didn't impress. He saw the same swarming defense which held back both Eddie Lacy and James Starks, but also got in his own way a couple of times by hesitating and dancing behind the line.

2014 Week 7 vs CAR (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Once the win was secured, Harris came in for a pair of carries. On the first he stumbled in the backfield and was taken down before he could fully recover. On the second, Harris ran inside and directly into a big group of players clogging the line, which stopped him from gaining any yards.

2014 Week 8 vs NO (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Well behind both James Starks and starter Eddie Lacy, Harris got mop-up duty in the fourth when the game was pretty much over. Harris has shown some ability in the past, but we're not seeing it now and probably won't unless the injury bug gets loose in the backfield.

2014 Week 10 vs CHI (8 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris came into the game in the middle of the fourth quarter against a gassed and deflated Bears defense and had tremendous success in just a few carries. Harris showed a versatile skill set, flashing speed as he got to and around the corner, power as he ran through tackles and good vision as he saw the blocking and got through the hole quick. While Harris is firmly set as the third running back, it's clear he could do well if there were injuries ahead of him.

2012 Week 14 vs DET (7 / 31 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris had the first carry of the game on a toss to the right side that went for nine yards. Notably, Harris showed great acceleration to turn the corner before finishing the run with a punishing hit on a defensive back. Harris didn't come back in until the fourth quarter, when he slipped at the line of scrimmage before bouncing straigh back up and finishing the run with forward momentum. Harris wasn't getting many touches, but he was impressing on the few he did. That said, when he was given his next carry, he had very little to do before he found the endzone. Harris ran in a 14 yard score basically untouched over right guard.

2012 Week 15 vs CHI (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris didn't get a carry until the beginning of the second half but he picked right up where he left off last game with a big run up the middle which he broke for a large gain. Harris had a giant hole to run through, which he got through quickly before slipping a tackle and getting to the second level. It was a very nice 21 yard gain and shows he's pretty dangerous when he gets past trash at the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately he didn't get that wide a gap again and he's not going to beat backfield penetration all that often, so he had a lot more carries like the very next one, where he was stuffed at the line. He's got the raw skill and speed to be a real factor, though and it just will take some time before he's polished.

2012 Week 16 vs TEN (8 / 29 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Harris spelled Ryan Grant in the Packers' backfield in Week Sixteen, toting the rock eight times for twenty-nine yards and a score. The sophomore halfback easily found the end zone on an eight-yard touchdown run in which the Packers provided a wide berth for Harris to score. In limited action, Harris showed quickness and physicality are not really part of Ryan Grant's skill set, proving his value as a change-of-pace ball carrier. Harris's level of involvement in the Green Bay backfield obviously stems from Alex Green's availability post-concussion.

2012 Week 17 vs MIN (14 / 70 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Harris came in to start the third series when he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and stumbled forward for nine yards. Harris bounced off of a blocker at the line of scrimmage on his next carry and managed another nine yards. Harris took a handoff to the right and cut back across the field for a first down and 15 yard gain. The Packers went straight back to him on a toss but he was stopped after one yard. Because the Packers were running a hurry up offense in the second quarter, Harris was heavily involved and not coming off the field at all. Once the Packers made it to the redzone however, Ryan Grant came in. Harris gained five yards when he cut back a pitch to start the third quarter. Harris caught a screen pass to begin the Packers' second drive of the third quarter and carried it forward for 11 yards and a first down. He followed that up with a stretch play off right tackle, but was tackled from behind by a pursuing defender. The Packers stuck with him however and he took a draw play off right tackle for six yards straight after. On a sweep play to the left, Harris broke two tackles, but still only gained one yard as defenders swarmed to the football. Harris caught a five yard reception in the flat after play-action. With Rodgers putting the game on his arm, Harris became an afterthought, but exploded for a 12 yard gain when the defense was thinking pass on first and 10.

2012 Week 18 vs MIN (17 / 47 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

After his first carry was stopped intiially after a cutback was well read by the defense, Harris brought the first drive for the Packers' offense to a close with a drop over the middle. Harris opened the next drive with two hard runs that gained him a combined eight yards. He came out on third and short for Ryan Grant, but took a quick bubble screen out of the backfield for a 15 yard gain down the right sideline on second and nine. Harris was the Packers' whole offense early on. A four yard carry up the middle preceded a dump off over the middle for Harris to turn upfield into open space and another easy 15 yard gain. In the redzone, Harris opened the scoring with a nice cutback run to dive into the endzone over the middle of the field. Harris was initially marked short of the goalline, but after a challenge from Mike McCarthy he was given the score. Harris didn't have to work too hard to get to the goalline, but did fight his way into the endzone at the goalline. Harris started the next drive with a carry, but initially ran the wrong way before adjusting on the fly for an eight yard gain. Rodgers looked his way straight away after for a completion over the middle for a 7 yard gain and a first down. Harris opened the second half with two four yard gains up the middle. Harris caught a checkdown from Rodgers in the flat for four yards, before Rodgers hit him again over the middle for a 10 yard gain and a first down. After two receptions, Harris took a carry off of right tackle for a six yard gain. At this point the game was decided, but Harris stayed in the game to help run out the clock.

2012 Week 19 vs SF (11 / 53 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Harris was missed in the flat to star the game with a target, before his first two carries netted a combined nine yards. On third and one, Harris burrowed his way through the interior for a first down. Harris broke outside for a six yard gain on his next carry, before Rodgers hit James Jones for a 44 yard gain. From there, the Packers hurried up to the line and gave Harris the ball running up the middle. Harris sliced through the middle of the field and sidestepped a safety with ease for the touchdown. Harris was playing a similar role to he did against the Minnesota Vikings. He wasn't breaking off big gains or impacting defenders much, but he was consistently helping the Packers stay ahead of the down and distance with both receptions and rushes. Harris had little to do in the second half, as Randall Cobb was brought into the backfield and the 49ers, with a two score lead, swallowed much of the clock.

2011 Week 17 vs IND (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Harris played as the change of pace of back, and he showed some decent burst through the hole. According to the broadcast team the coaching staff is really high on Harris. He might be someone to monitor next year if he can win the second running back job.