Damien Harris
No. 22 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1997-02-11) February 11, 1997 (age 26)
Richmond, Kentucky, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Madison Southern
(Berea, Kentucky)
College:Alabama (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:2,188
Rushing average:4.6
Rushing touchdowns:21
Receptions:42
Receiving yards:297
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Damien Harris (born February 11, 1997) is an American football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years

Harris attended Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky. During his high school football career, he rushed for 6,748 yards with 122 touchdowns.[1] He was rated by the Rivals.com recruiting network as a five-star recruit. Harris was ranked as the top running back and the eighth best overall player in his class. Harris committed to the University of Alabama to play college football under head coach Nick Saban.[2][3]

College career

Harris was a backup to Derrick Henry as a true freshman at Alabama in 2015. He played in 12 games and rushed for 157 yards on 46 carries. With Henry leaving for the NFL, Harris became Alabama's starting running back in 2016, beating out Bo Scarbrough.[4] In his first career start against USC in the season opener, he rushed for 138 yards on nine carries.[5] In the third game, against Ole Miss, Harris carried 16 times for 144 yards, including a 67-yard run in which he out-muscled two defenders.[6] A sprained knee against Kent State on September 24 caused him to sit out the rest of the game,[7] but he returned the following week against Kentucky. Against Arkansas on October 8, Harris had 122 yards rushing, 60 yards receiving, and a touchdown reception.[8] Harris had his fourth 100-yard game of the season against Texas A&M, rushing for 125 yards on 18 carries.[9] He graduated in December 2018.[10]

Statistics

Season Team GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2015 Alabama 10 46 157 3.4 41 1 4 13 3.3 8 0
2016 Alabama 15 145 1,040 7.2 73 2 14 99 7.1 56 2
2017 Alabama 14 135 1,000 7.4 75 11 12 91 7.6 17 0
2018 Alabama 15 150 876 5.8 73 9 22 204 9.3 52 0
Career 54 477 3,070 6.4 75 23 52 407 7.8 56 2

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+18 in
(1.78 m)
216 lb
(98 kg)
30+34 in
(0.78 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.57 s 1.56 s 2.71 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11]

New England Patriots

2019 season

Harris was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round with the 87th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.[12] He made his professional debut in the team's Week 7 33–0 victory over the New York Jets, rushing for 12 yards on four carries.[13] It would be his only carries for the season as he was a healthy scratch for most of his rookie season.[14]

2020 season

On September 7, 2020, Harris was placed on injured reserve with a broken finger.[15] He was activated on October 5, 2020.[16] In Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 17 carries for 100 rushing yards in the 26–10 loss.[17] In Week 8, against the Buffalo Bills, he had 16 carries for 102 rushing yards and his first career rushing touchdown in the 24–21 loss.[18] In Week 10, Harris rushed the ball 22 times for 121 yards, both career highs, helping lead the Patriots to a 23–17 upset victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.[19] He was placed back on injured reserve on January 2, 2021.[20] He finished the season as the Patriot's leading rusher with 691 yards and two touchdowns through 10 games.[21]

2021 season

Harris was the team's primary starter for the 2021 season. He started the first nine games of the season, though a concussion sustained in Week 9 kept him out of the Week 10 game against the Cleveland Browns.[22] He returned as the starter for Week 11. He had 100+ yard performances in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins, Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys, and Week 7 against the New York Jets. He was mostly ineffectual, however, during the Week 3 and 4 losses against the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively, being held to only 10 total yards rushing combined between the two games. Starting in Week 8, he began to split carries with backup Rhamondre Stevenson.[23] He finished the season with a career-high 929 rushing yards and was second in the league with 15 rushing touchdowns.[24]

2022 season

Harris entered the 2022 season as the Patriots starting running back, with Rhamondre Stevenson close behind him. A hamstring injury suffered in Week 5 slowed down his production and allowed Stevenson to overtake him as the lead back, but still split carries with the second-year player. He suffered a thigh injury in Week 12 and missed the next four games. He finished the season with 462 rushing yards and three touchdowns.[25]

Buffalo Bills

On March 21, 2023, Harris signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.[26] Harris scored his first touchdown as a Bill during a 38–10 Buffalo win against the Las Vegas Raiders in week 2.[27] During week 6 against the New York Giants, Harris was injured after he collided with Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke on what would be his only carry of the game. He was taken off the field via ambulance and was later diagnosed with a neck sprain.[28] He was placed on injured reserve on October 20.[29]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 NE 2 0 4 12 3.0 13 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2020 NE 10 10 137 691 5.0 41 2 5 52 10.4 15 0 1 0
2021 NE 15 15 202 929 4.6 64 15 18 132 7.3 21 0 2 2
2022 NE 11 9 106 462 4.4 30 3 17 97 5.7 15 0 0 0
2023 BUF 6 0 23 94 4.1 11 1 2 16 8.0 13 0 0 0
Career 44 34 472 2,188 4.6 64 21 42 297 7.1 21 0 3 2

Postseason

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 NE 1 1 9 30 3.3 14 0 1 7 7.0 7 0 0 0
2023 BUF 0 0 Did not play due to injury
Career 1 1 9 30 3.3 14 0 1 7 7.0 7 0 0 0

References

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