As a WR, he reminds me a bit of Matt Jones. Not saying he’s quite as big, or quite as fast. Just visually, from the stands . . . he takes long strides and uses his body well to shield the ball from DB’s. And appears to have good hands.
I think we will see more of him as the weeks go by.
And, realize that I’m probably the president of the Matt Jones fan club (w/regard to his on-the-field playmaking). It was I who posted here, before his sophomore season, that (in my estimation), Matt was THE best playmaker to ever play football for Arkansas that I had ever seen (Clyde Scott was before my time). And I stand behind that comment today (note: “best playmaker” does not mean “best football player”). Also note that saying someone “reminds” you of another player does not, in any way, speak to their respective level of talent. Matt was a singular, superior talent. I’m just hoping that Harrell makes a positive contribution for this year’s team.
That said, it (the comparison of Harrell to Matt) was just an quick impression made based on seeing him for a couple of plays, on TV, yesterday. He’s a big, white WR who seemed to use his body well to shield defenders from the ball. He has good (not elite, like Matt) speed and a long stride (reminiscent of Jones) when he’s galloping downfield. Most here think of Matt as a QB, because that’s what he was here 98% of the time. I also remember him from his NFL days, because I got NFL Sunday Ticket solely to watch every one of his games as a WR in Jacksonville. There does appear to be a similar look, to my eye - even if they are very different players.
Clay has seen Harrell a lot more than I have, so I’ll defer to his judgement. As I said, it was just a fleeting impression based on very limited observation. Maybe there’s nothing at all to it. Kind of like when you walk past someone and they briefly catch your eye, and you think it’s someone you know . . . but then, you turn around, catch up with them, and when you take a good look at them, you wonder why you ever thought there was a resemblance.
I guess if he turns out to be a productive, situational receiver for us, that will be good enough.
I think the QBs all trust Harrell. That’s the best news. He missed a lot of camp with a hamstring injury, but he’s done well over the summer and in the practices that he’s been able to make it through. He’s not terribly slow. He’s just not electric. He understands how to sit down in zones and the quarterbacks will find him. I think he’ll be in the top three in receptions when it’s all over. He’s going to play.
Sorry if I sounded a little harsh. I just hate to compare anyone to Matt Jones. There is only one Matt.
I will never compare anyone to Quinn Grovey, Darren McFadden, Dan Hampton, Wayne Harris, Loyd Phillips or Lance Alworth. There are only one of those dudes.
Perhaps Chase Harrell occupies a space somewhere between Robert Farrell and Matt Jones. Farrell could have been timed with an hour glass, but he sure knew how to use his size to go get that football. Harrell is definitely faster than Farrell , but not quite the electrifying athlete that Matt was.