Kristian Wilkerson had an immediate impact on the New England Patriots when he made his first NFL start.
The 24-year-old wide receiver was raised from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He took the place of third-year spreader N’Keal Harry, who was a healthy zero for the Week 17 game.
These WRs were written after Harry in 2019
Wilkerson, who was not drafted in 2020, made his presence felt in the first half with three catches for 22 yards and his first career TD.
With this touchdown, Wilkerson had more catches in a game (three) than Harry had all season (two). NFL Twitter couldn’t help but point out the obvious improvement in the Pats’ offense that resulted from Wilkerson’s choice over the 2019 first-round pick.
Wilkerson returned to the end zone in the Patriots’ opening practice in the second half.
Harry simply didn’t succeed for the Patriots, and his struggles may have reached a tipping point with last week’s key fall to the Buffalo Bills. If Wilkerson continues to prove himself a valuable weapon to rookie quarterback Mac Jones, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him take Harry’s place on the playoff list.
The Patriots will end their regular season next Sunday in Miami.