Demone Harris
Harris at Caserma Ederle in 2019
No. 96 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 25)
Buffalo, New York
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School
College:Buffalo
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2020
Total tackles:4
Sacks:0.0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Demone Harris (born December 30, 1995) is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Harris played college football at Buffalo.

Early life and amateur career

Harris attended Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School in Buffalo where he focused on basketball and did not play football until his junior year.[1] Harris attended the University at Buffalo where he walked on to the football team and redshirted as a freshman.[2] As a redshirt junior in 2017, he was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy and named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team.[2][3]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Harris was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2018.[4] He was waived on September 1 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[5][6] He was promoted to the active roster on October 10[7] and made his NFL debut on October 14, playing four special teams snaps against the Atlanta Falcons.[8] He was waived on November 16 and re-signed to the practice squad.[9] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on December 31, 2018.[10]

On October 5, 2019, Harris was waived by the Buccaneers and re-signed to the practice squad.[11] He was released on October 15.[12]

Baltimore Ravens

On October 22, 2019, Harris was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad following an injury to Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee.[13]

Kansas City Chiefs

On November 21, 2019, Harris was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs off the Ravens practice squad.[14] Harris played his first game for the Chiefs on December 8 at Gillette Stadium and recorded his first career tackle in the same game against Rex Burkhead of the New England Patriots.[8][15] On February 2, 2020, Harris and the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV 31–20 against the San Francisco 49ers.[16] He was waived by the Chiefs on November 10,[17] and re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[18] Harris appeared in one game in the 2020 season, recording three tackles of Melvin Gordon in a blowout win over the Denver Broncos on October 25.[19][20]

On February 9, 2021, Harris re-signed with the Chiefs.[21] He was waived on August 31, 2021.[22] He was signed to the practice squad the following day.[23] He was elevated to the Chiefs' active roster via standard elevation on October 9, 2021.[24] As part of standard elevation rules, he automatically reverted back to the practice squad after the game. He was elevated again the following week also via standard elevation on October 16, 2021.[25]

References

  1. ^ Cichon, Steve (October 16, 2018). "#PrideInThePaw alive in the NFL trenches with Harris '13". Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Lenzi, Rachel (August 12, 2019). "Former UB linebacker Demone Harris aims to make Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster". The Buffalo News. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Five University at Buffalo football players earn All-MAC honors". The Buffalo News. November 29, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bucs Add 14 Undrafted Free Agents". Buccaneers.com. April 30, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Scott (September 1, 2018). "Robinson, Tandy Among Cuts as Bucs Get to 53". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Smith, Scott (September 2, 2018). "Bobo Wilson Returns on First Practice Squad". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Smith, Scott (October 10, 2018). "DE Demone Harris Promoted to Active Roster". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Demone Harris Career Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Scott (November 16, 2018). "Bucs Promote Godwin Igwebuike". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  10. ^ Smith, Scott (December 31, 2018). "Bucs Sign Eight to Reserve/Futures Contracts". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  11. ^ Smith, Scott (October 5, 2019). "Bucs Activate Ryan Smith". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  12. ^ Smith, Scott (October 15, 2019). "Bucs Fill Practice Squad Openings with Three Offensive Players". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  13. ^ "Former Timon and UB linebacker Demone Harris signs with Ravens". The Buffalo News. October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Conner, Matt (November 22, 2019). "Kansas City Chiefs sign Demone Harris, release Joey Ivie". Arrowhead Addict. Fansided. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  15. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – December 8th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Shook, Nick (February 2, 2020). "Chiefs rally once again to defeat 49ers, win SB LIV". NFL.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  17. ^ Goldman, Charles (November 10, 2020). "Chiefs make several transactions on Tuesday". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  18. ^ Goldman, Charles (November 12, 2020). "Chiefs sign DE Demone Harris to practice squad". USAToday.com. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  19. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – October 25th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  20. ^ "Demone Harris 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  21. ^ Thompson, Jaylon (February 9, 2021). "Kansas City Chiefs sign 10 players to reserve/future contracts". 247Sports. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  22. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves to Meet NFL-Mandated 53 Players". Chiefs.com. August 31, 2021.
  23. ^ "Chiefs sign 14 players to practice squad". Chiefs Wire. USA Today. September 2, 2021.
  24. ^ "Chiefs announce several roster moves on Saturday". USAToday.com.
  25. ^ "Chiefs announce lone roster move on Saturday". USAToday.com.