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Transcript: N'Keal Harry Media Availability 5/9

(On if he’s ever been to New England)

“The only times I’ve been up here was for my top-30 visits and the day after the draft, so this is my third time up here. I’m loving what I see, it’s beautiful up here so I’m just excited to get up here for good.”

(On getting used to the idea that he’s an NFL player)

“It definitely took a couple of days. It was so surreal to me. It didn’t feel real when it first happened, so it took a couple of days. But now it’s sunk in at this point.”

(On what it means to him to become a New England Patriot)

“It means the world to me. This is a great organization. I feel like I couldn’t have been put in a better situation. I’m learning from the best of the best and I’m just excited to get to work and soak in as much information as possible.”

(On being compared to Josh Gordon and how much he’s watched him)

“I’ve tried to look at a lot of different receivers because I feel like I can take a lot from a lot of different NFL receivers so I’ve watched him over the years. He’s a great player and someone I’ll continue to strive to be like.”

(On being one of Tom Brady’s receivers)

“It’s great, just playing with somebody of his caliber. But coming in, I’m excited to catch from everybody – Danny [Etling], Jarrett [Stidham]. I’m just looking forward to getting to work with everybody.”

(On being compared to other NFL receivers)

“It’s definitely a blessing to be compared to those types of players. But I still have to prove myself. I haven’t done anything in the NFL yet so it’s my job to put in the work and to perform and to live up to the expectations.”

(On Tom Brady being hard on his receivers)

“That’s something I’m looking forward to. I’m the type of player that wants to get better, I want to get coached hard, so I’m looking forward to that.”

(On the importance of his size as a receiver)

“It’s definitely important but I try not to lean on that too much. I try to still be finesse at times, so you can’t rely on your body at all times. I need to work more on my technique and there are things I need to work on moving forward.”

(On playing with his “cleats in the grass” and what that means)

“For me, it definitely means playing with physicality. I play extremely hard and I’m a big receiver, so just playing with my cleats in the grass is definitely being a gritty, tough player and just playing hard at all times and giving my full effort.”

(On learning from the Arizona State coaching staff)

“Both coaching staffs I had benefited me, from Coach [Todd] Graham’s coaching staff to Coach Herm [Edwards]’s coaching staff, they both helped me grow a lot. Just having both of those coaches, I was extremely blessed. Arizona State is a place that will always be in my heart.”

(On what he learned about himself from learning a new offense at Arizona State)

“Just how to be a professional, how to put in the time, how to study. When you’re going through a transition like that and you have to learn a bunch of new plays, it’s really just about the time that you put in and the effort you put in. For me, it just taught me how to be a pro and how to handle myself in situations like that.”

(On what stood out about New England during his visit)

“The way they did things. Like I said earlier, it’s a great organization. They’ve obviously won a lot of Super Bowls and there’s a reason for that. So when I came here for the visit, I just felt like there was something different. There was a different approach and a different mentality.”

(On the difference standing out in his visit)

“I just feel like we’re all held to a higher standard, everybody in the building. That’s what I need, that’s what everybody needs to progress and to advance. So I’m looking forward to it.”

(On what he’s learned about the organization since being drafted)

“I’ve really enjoyed the people around the organization. I feel like it’s a very family-oriented organization, especially with the fans and everything. So it’s been a great experience for me so far.”

(On speaking with Christian Sam about getting acclimated in New England)

“Yes, I spoke with him a little bit. He’s just telling me to do what I’ve been doing, just make sure I come in ready to go and ready to get to work.”

(On what he wants to do with his NFL contract)

“Give back in any way that I can. Definitely help my family, help some people on the island. I feel like with this platform I’ve been given, it’s my duty to do something good with it. God has blessed me to be in this position. So it would be a disservice if I didn’t give back and if I didn’t show appreciation, so that’s my biggest goal.”

(On if he wants to do anything specific for Saint Vincent)

“Not anything specific. I’m still trying to figure it out but I definitely want to help. I feel like there’s a lot of talent on the island and it doesn’t get seen. So whatever I can do to help, I’m more than willing to do that. I haven’t really explored it too much because there’s been so much going on but that’s definitely something I want to look into.”

(On what he has to do to have success in his rookie season)

“For me, just come in and listen to everything everybody is saying. Be coachable and just keep the mindset I’ve had throughout the years. I’m an extremely hard worker and I feel like if I just keep doing what I’m doing and just take it to a different level, I feel like I’ll be OK.”

(On the importance of his grandmother in his life)

“She’s been everything. There’s no way I would have been in this position if my grandmother wasn’t a part of my life. She’s been a great role model. That’s where I get my work ethic from, just seeing how hard she works, seeing her come from a different country and having to start over. I really do know there’s no way I would be in this position without that woman.”

(On what he’s done since being drafted to prepare)

“These past couple weeks, my biggest things have been making sure I stay in shape and just making sure I’m studying a lot, watching a lot of film. I want to be the type of player that comes in and can be accountable from day one.”

(On his takeaways from the Patriots playbook)

“Like I said earlier, with this transition, it’s all the work you put in, the time you put in, the effort you put in. So that’s what I’ve been doing the past couple of weeks and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

(On his mindset when he lost cell reception when the Patriots were trying to call)

“I wasn’t losing my mind but I was definitely nervous. There was a part of me that was like, ‘OK, they can’t get ahold of me, I hope they don’t go on to the next person.’ That was a bit of the fear I was having, but it ended up working out.”

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