James Harrison’s strong performance gets high praise from Bill Belichick

Nancy Lane | Boston Herald

High production equals high praise.

In just three weeks of becoming a New England Patriot and two weeks of play time, outside linebacker, James Harrison, has put forth strong efforts and performances in both of his games.

The 39-year-old, former Pittsburgh Steeler adds strength at the end of the line of scrimmage, as well as pass-rushing opportunities and much more.

In the Patriots’ AFC Divisional victory over the Tennessee Titans, Harrison played 30 of 67 defensive snaps; while he played 27 of 50 snaps in the regular season finale against the New York Jets. That equals a total of 57 of 126 defensive snaps for 45.2 percent, while racking up eight tackles and two sacks. Meanwhile, in 14 games with the Steelers this season, he only played in 40 snaps total.

Harrison came into New England to make a statement and has made it very well known. Even head coach Bill Belichick noticed his efforts and offered high praise for the veteran, acknowledging his dependability and agressiveness.

“He’s been good to work with,” Belichick said. “As we know, he’s a very experienced player. Some of our terminology is different, but he understands basic football concepts very well, and what his responsibility is, and how to play that responsibility.”

“He’s very professional. He wants to do well. He studies. He asks questions. I’ve enjoyed working with him.”

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