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Dolphins DE Charles Harris knows it’s critical off season

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The expectations on a former number 1 pick are always going to be a little more than just any player on the roster. However, for Dolphins defensive end Charles Harris, he hasn’t come close to living up to what Miami hoped for two years ago. And now, with a new coaching staff in place, Harris realizes he has to improve and start making an impact, now.

Earlier this week at OTAs new coach Brian Flores talked positiviely about the former outstanding Missouri defensive end that has yet to come close to living up to his NFL potential:

“He’s working hard,” Flores said of Harris’ offseason. “He’s doing everything we ask. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

After being taken as the 22nd overall pick in 2017, Harris has a grand total of three sacks and seven tackles for loss in 27 games over the last two seasons. Woefully unproductive at an impact position like pass rusher.

Now, you can obviously chalk some of his struggles of the last two years up on the Dolphins, as a whole lagging defensively. Still, it’s not as if star veterans like Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake previously in the defensive meeting room and out on the field with him that Harris didn’t have help in trying to get better week to week.

And, as Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post wrote earlier this week: Harris seems to be picking up the 3-4 scheme of new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and Flores are installing. And, that Graham wants his defenders to think and approach their play differently,

”‘I play like this or I heard we have to do it like this.’ He’s (Graham) like ‘no, be a football player.’ If anything, he’s probably broke the chains, broke the shackles and was just like, ‘play ball.’”

So, it’s early in the new process, but it seems Harris is at least, understanding what it’s going to take to finally start making the impact the GM Chris Grier and the new coaching staff are looking for.

And, he better, because a third season that begins and worse, continues with, little to no impact will likely spell the end for Harris in South Florida.

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