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Monday, 30 June 2014 20:05

Patriots DB Duron Harmon: A hidden gem?

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New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, has all kinds of new weapons to use in his secondary this season. With the addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the secondary is poised to have some stability for the first time in many years. Outside of these key additions there may be an “X” factor moving forward, Duron Harmon. This second year defensive back is now set to have a breakout year in 2014. 

After two seasons with the Patriots, safety, Steve Gregory, was released before the start of free agency. Just like that, Duron Harmon had a leap in the depth chart.

Starting three of the 15 games he played last season, Harmon has a good chance, come September, to be playing alongside fellow Rutger product Devin McCourty.

“Right now I’m just looking forward to getting better, just trying to work on communication,” Harmon informed patriots.com “work on different things. Just trying to get better. This is an important offseason for me and I know getting better is the key.”

 

With two key interceptions last year and 30 tackles under his belt, one would figure that Harmon could thrive under this now upgraded secondary. Still in a Patriot like fashion, Harmon is staying grounded, taking it day by day. Not wanting to consider himself a starter just yet:

“Nah, I wouldn’t say that. There are no starters right now, my mentality is just trying to get better each and every day and just try to put myself in position to make plays when I’m out there on the field.”

 

Having to build a relationship and work with a talent such as, Darrelle Revis, can only be a positive for the second year defensive back. Harmon indicated that during the offseason, he has devoted a lot of attention to man-to-man coverage, just trying to focus on improving his overall skills in pass coverage.

Having a sound tandem of Harmon and McCourty, paired with Browner and Revis, might just be that winning recipe that the Patriots have desired for the past several seasons.

Did you miss todays Patriots Beat podcast? Well no worries, both Jeff Kane and Bob Snowdon, talk about the whole team in general. Please take some time and gain some knowledge, or if you already know what their talking about, call into them next weekend and tell them what you think. Please take a listen. Trust me it's well worth it.