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Dwayne Harris

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Dwayne Lenard Harris born September 16, 1987 is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the New York Giants of the National Football League NFL He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft He played college football at East Carolina


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 Dallas Cowboys
    • 32 New York Giants
    • 33 Career statistics
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early years

Harris played quarterback at Tucker High School in Tucker, Georgia He was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the southeast by Prep Star Magazine He was also a 4A All-State selection, leading Tucker to a 10-1 record his senior year

College career

In his redshirt freshman, he played in all 13 games and was named to the conference's all freshmen team as a punt returner East Carolina University won the 2007 Hawaii Bowl against Boise State on a team that also featured future NFL running back, Chris Johnson As a sophomore, he played in 10 games before injuring his foot playing against the University of Southern Mississippi Regardless of his injury, East Carolina University won the 2008 Conference USA Championship against the University of Tulsa

In his junior year, he was named to the Conference USA first-team and as the C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Year He played in all 14 games, including a victory against the University of Houston in the 2009 C-USA Championship and a loss to the University of Arkansas in the 2010 Liberty Bowl In his senior year, Harris played in all 13 games and won the C-USA MVP award The Pirates lost to the University of Maryland in the 2010 Military Bowl

He finished his college career with school records for receptions 268 and receiving yards 3,001 He was the first player in school history to top 100 receptions in a season 101 as a senior and the second player to gain over 6,000 career all-purpose yards 6,380 He is second in school history with 102 kickoff returns for 2,374 yards

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Harris was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round 176th overall of the 2011 NFL Draft In his first career pre-season appearance, he had a game to remember against the Denver Broncos, recording five receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns including a 76-yard touchdown reception, in just two quarters of work Unfortunately his first year was mostly a disappointment, with the Cowboys releasing him on October 18 and signing him to their practice squad He eventually was signed back to the active roster on December 14 As a rookie, he appeared in just seven games, returning 15 punts for 80 yards

In 2012, he had his first career punt return for a touchdown during a Week 10 game against the Philadelphia Eagles His 78-yard return broke a fourth-quarter tie and earned him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors His impact as a returner in special teams convinced the coaching staff to give him more opportunities at wide receiver Despite being active all season, it wasn’t until week 12 against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, that he started to produce as a receiver, catching four passes for 71 yards He finished second in the NFL in punt return average 161 yards

During the 2013 season, Harris started to be used as a gunner on special teams and in the opening game against the New York Giants, his three coverage tackles and his effort in forcing one of the Giants’ six turnovers, earned him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week He was again named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, after his Week 6 performance against the Washington Redskins He registered 222 total return yards which outgained the Cowboys’ offense by nine yards, including an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 90-yard kickoff return He also became the third player Chris Boniol and Billy Cundiff were the first in team history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week two times in a season Although he was injured in 3 of the last 4 games of the season, he tied for second on the team with 12 special teams tackles, finished ranked third in punt return average 128 and second in kick return average 306 in the NFL As a wide receiver he had nine receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner against the Minnesota Vikings

In 2014, he led the team with 18 special teams tackles, but all of his other stats dropped off from the previous year The team struggled in the return game and he was rarely targeted as the fourth wide receiver

Harris left as the franchise's All-time leader on kickoff returns with a 265-yard career average and a single-season 306-yard average in 2013 He finished tied for second with an 111-yard career punt return average He is considered to be one of the best special teams players in Dallas Cowboys history

New York Giants

On March 10, 2015, he signed a five-year, $17 million contract with the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent The deal included $71 million guaranteed with a $4 million signing bonus Although he was acquired to serve primarily as a return man on special teams, he passed Preston Parker on the depth chart as the slot wide receiver, before injuries to the receivers corp forced him to start six games during the season Against the Buffalo Bills he recorded five receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown In the next contest, he had a career-high six receptions for 72 yards in a win over the San Francisco 49ers He recorded six receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown, in a loss against the New England Patriots He was declared inactive for the last game with a shoulder injury, finishing with career-highs in receptions 36, receiving yards 396 and receiving touchdowns four

On October 25, he returned a fourth quarter kickoff 100 yards tied a team record for the deciding touchdown against his former team, as the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 27-20 For his efforts, he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week On December 6, he returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets, becoming the first player in franchise history to have a punt return, a kickoff return and a reception go for touchdowns in a single-season He finished third in the league with a 287-yard kick return average and seventh with a 100-yard punt return average

In 2016, at times he was taken off returns because of struggles with ball security and sometimes questionable decision-making He still finished fifth in the league in kick return average 242 yards and had a 59 yards punt return average He posted 7 special teams tackles He had one touchdown in his only reception of the season, that came in a week 12 win against the Cleveland Browns He was also named to his first Pro Bowl

On March 21, 2017, he restructured his contract after the Giants signed free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall

In Week 5 of the 2017 season, Harris suffered a foot fracture which required surgery, and was placed on injured reserve on October 9, 2017

Career statistics

Regular season
Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2011 Dallas Cowboys 7 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0
2012 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 17 222 131 36 1 0 0 00 0 0 1 0
2013 Dallas Cowboys 13 3 9 80 89 24T 2 1 6 60 6 0 2 1
2014 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 7 116 166 56 0 4 7 18 9 0 4 2
2015 New York Giants 15 6 36 396 110 38 4 2 12 60 11 0 3 0
2016 New York Giants 16 1 1 13 130 13T 1 0 0 00 0 0 3 1
2017 New York Giants 5 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0 00 0 0 0 0
Career 83 10 70 827 118 56 8 7 25 36 11 0 13 4


  1. ^ "Cowboys Corner: Dwayne Harris named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week" Cowboys Corner Fort Worth Star-Telegram Retrieved 19 November 2012 
  2. ^ "Roster Rundown: Harris Provides Punt Return Spark" DallasCowboyscom Dallas Cowboy s Retrieved 1 June 2013 
  3. ^ "Dwayne Harris wins NFC special teams honors" Pro Football Talk NBC Sports Retrieved 17 October 2013 
  4. ^ "Harris Takes Home NFC Special Teams Award For 2nd Time" DallasCowboyscom Dallas Cowboys Retrieved 17 October 2013 
  5. ^ "Early Doomsday Members Among Cowboys' Best 6th-Round Picks" Retrieved April 1, 2017 
  6. ^ Giants swipe Cowboys speedster with $17 million deal
  7. ^ Eisen, Michael March 11, 2015 "Giants sign RB Shane Vereen; announce Free Agent signings" Giantscom Retrieved March 12, 2015 
  8. ^ Pennington, Bill 2015-10-25 "Dwayne Harris's Kickoff Return Eases Worries of Giants Fans" The New York Times ISSN 0362-4331 Retrieved 2015-10-26 
  9. ^ "Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris restructures contract with Giants" Retrieved April 1, 2017 
  10. ^ Eisen, Michael October 9, 2017 "Odell Beckham Jr placed on IR; Giants announce roster moves" Giantscom 

External links

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