FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots longtime running backs coach Ivan Fears insisted all last season that 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris had a bright future despite regularly being inactive.

Fears laid it out: Because the Patriots were so deep at running back with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden, there were never any serious injuries, and Harris didn’t have a significant role on special teams, he simply needed to be patient and his time would come.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots longtime running backs coach Ivan Fears insisted all last season that 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris had a bright future despite regularly being inactive.

Fears laid it out: Because the Patriots were so deep at running back with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden, there were never any serious injuries, and Harris didn’t have a significant role on special teams, he simply needed to be patient and his time would come.

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