Redskins rookie wide receiver Maurice Harris turned 24 on Friday, but Kirk Cousins waited until Sunday to give him his birthday present.
When Harris, who went undrafted out of California, hauled in a first half pass from Cousins, it marked his first career NFL catch. He later added two more, including a nice 15-yarder on third down which required a tip-toeing act on the sideline, and finished the day with 28 yards.
It was an encouraging performance for a guy who was just added to the active roster on Oct. 21, and who was playing in just his third professional game.
"I was a little nervous," Harris said after Washington's 26-20 win. "I'm a little nervous before every game, but once you get a couple plays in and kind of get the flow going, it just kind of rolls from there."
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When asked if the transition from being a member of the practice squad to being a member of the active roster has been challenging for him, the 6-foot-3 wideout answered nonchalantly.
"Not really," he said. "Kirk's a great quarterback. I just feel [I need to] go in there, do my job, and just be on the right details and everything, and all the little things. I think everything else will kind of just take care of itself."
Harris, who is a cousin of Chargers star Keenan Allen, will compete for snaps with Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross moving forward, as long as DeSean Jackson is sidelined with a shoulder injury. His height is something those other two don't have, however, and neither Grant or Ross registered a catch against Minnesota.
While that competition likely drives him beneath the surface, he made it seem like it wasn't on his mind in the locker room. With seven weeks left in the season, No. 13 said he's focused solely on making the Burgundy and Gold better, no matter how much time he sees on the field.
"Whatever they ask, I'm gonna do it to the best of my abilities," Harris said. "Whatever I can do to help."
Aside from maybe holding onto his receiver gloves, Harris didn't plan on celebrating his memorable day any further. Being a college free agent, he certainly understands the importance of not getting complacent. And the upcoming matchup with the Packers will provide him another opportunity to impress his quarterback and coaches.
Look for him to again try and stand out for reasons other than his extra height.
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