In his sixth NFL season, Dwayne Harris, a former sixth-round pick, made the Pro Bowl. The Giants receiver was one of New York’s top special team tacklers and averaged 24.2 yards per kickoff return.
When most people think of the Pro Bowl, they think of prolific quarterbacks, receivers and running backs. Well, the special teams guys matter, too – and not just the returners.
“It feels good to just get recognized for that, just because nobody sees it and it’s one of them things that goes unlooked,” Harris said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Most of the time, people going down making the tackles on a kickoff or punt, everybody is looking at the returner. Just the other side of it, it’s good to be recognized for that.”
Harris, an East Carolina product, was drafted by Dallas in 2011. He spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys before signing a five-year deal with the Giants in 2015.
This year, he’s helped New York (11-6) to a Wild Card berth. The Giants (11-6) will face the Packers (10-6) at Lambeau Field this Sunday.
Harris, by the way, is technically a receiver – he even had a touchdown catch this year – but he did not travel to Miami with his receiver teammates on Sunday.
“After that game we just had (a 19-10 win over Washington), I was a little beat up, a little tired,” said Harris, “so I didn’t make that trip.”
The Giants will definitely need Harris this Sunday. They lost at Green Bay, 23-16, on Oct. 9 in Week 5 but have since won nine of 11.
Sunday’s kickoff is slated for 4:40 p.m. ET.