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Jags Cut Cornerback Mike Harris Sunday
Mike Harris was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played largely as a nickleback and provided reliable coverage.
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However, Harris’ stature and resulting play style is not a good fit in the defensive system that Head Coach Gus Bradley wants to run, as per ESPN.com’s Michael DiRocco. “Bradley wants bigger corners with length, and the 5-foot-10, 188-pound Harris doesn’t measure up.”
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Harris could be a good fit for the system another team will run — the New York Jets.
Reaching for the low-hanging fruit here, Harris is in the body mold of much-despised cornerback Kyle Wilson. Both stand at 5’10” and are just two pounds apart (based on listed weights). It is a role that Wilson has been best suited in, while showing a dwarfed ceiling while playing in other set-ups.
Perhaps Mike Harris has more to offer to the Jets than Wilson, and the only way to find out is to get into the waiver lottery and hope to have the highest-ranking claim. Regardless if Wilson’s experience at the weak position is enough to keep him on the roster, Harris should still possess enough ability to not only make the team, but provide competition in multiple packages.
There’s no one way to accurately judge a corner, but FWIW, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ranked the top 100 players at the position in 2013; Harris ranked in at 33. Miller noted Harris can play well at the line of scrimmage in an attacking scheme (see:Rex Ryan), but obviously doesn’t have the physical build of a normal press corner. He also says that Harris can affect the run game — both by coming off the edge and making tackles, in the limited opportunities he has had to do so.
Harris wouldn’t look like Antonio Cromartie did in green and white, in appearance or play. But Rex Ryan is adaptive, and I believe that the long bodies aren’t necessarily what he’s after anymore. Ryan has one of the best defensive lines in the league, so the plan of attack is now less focused on islands (see:Revis) and more focused on disrupting the play at the line of scrimmage.
Behind the line could be smaller corners with good sideline-to-sideline speed, with a hard-hitting last wall of defense, like rookie Calvin Pryor and veteran Dawan Landry.
Bottom line John (Idzik), if you’re listening to our suggestion: get that waiver claim to the the NFL offices.