Chris Harper’s rollercoaster first season out of college has just hit a high note.
On Tuesday, the New England Patriots announced that the former Cal wide receiver was signed to the 53-man roster for the second time this season. Harper was originally signed to the active roster after training camp and played in the opening game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10.
In the game, however, Harper did not catch a single pass and was released from the Patriots on Sept. 15. Two days later, the organization added him to its practice squad where he has remained for the past two months.
After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Harper was signed by the Patriots in May as a free agent. He began his tenure on the team with a solid preseason, catching 15 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown.
With the Patriots’ starting wide receiver Julian Edelman expecting to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a broken foot in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, the need for a receiver led to Harper making the roster.
Alaina Getzenberg covers football. Contact her at [email protected]