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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – As Damien Harris lined up in his usual position in the New England Patriots backfield on Tuesday, he felt a rush of adrenaline.

“It’s just fun to have the opportunity to come here with this team. Having all of our guys back just makes it all the more exciting,” the 5-foot-4, 213-pound running back said after the Patriots’ first practice session at their mandatory mini-camp.

“Every time you touch the ball you want to get good results, so you have to practice good habits, practice good fundamentals and let the rest do the rest. But, like I said, it’s a really exciting time right now that all of our guys are back and coming out of here for the first time as a collective team, as a collective entity. So I’m really happy to be out here and it’s been a good day.”

Generally, when Harris touched the ball last season, good things happened when he rushed for a career-high 929 yards with 202 carries (averaging 4.6 yards per attempt) and notched 15 touchdowns while appearing in 15 regular-season games .

Harris and rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson (133 carries for 606 yards and five TDs) made a one-two that led a Patriots rushing game that ranked eighth in the NFL in 2021

A third-round pick from Alabama in the 2019 draft and in his fourth season with the team, Harris will be part of a Patriots offense that is undergoing major changes.

Josh McDaniels, the Patriots’ longtime offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has left after leaving earlier this offseason to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

While a new offensive coordinator has not yet been announced, those are head coach Bill Belichick, former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (officially listed by the Patriots as a senior football advisor), and former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (listed as an offensive assistant). ). from the team) all were observed taking practical approaches at the organized team activities before the start of the mini camp on Tuesday.

With the changes in the coaching staff, the terminology the team uses on offense has also changed. According to Harris, adapting to change is simply part of the job.

“Every year things change and you have new players, new coaches, sometimes new plans, and every day I come in with the mentality of just learning and improving and doing whatever I can,” Harris said. “Whatever changes, whatever optimizations have to be made, that’s up to the coaches. You make those decisions.

“As a player, my job is to come in with that mentality, ready to learn to adapt, to deal with whatever they throw at us, so they make whatever adjustments they make. Whatever the game plan, whatever they’re asking us to do out here during these OTA (and minicamp) drills, that’s what we have to do.”

For Harris, it’s all a continuation of a learning process.

“You never know everything, so it doesn’t matter if the schemes stay the same or change, because you always have to learn day by day, so it’s just the mentality,” he said. “Regardless of whether things change or stay the same, my job is to come here and do my best and be willing to learn, be willing to adapt, just willing to come here and do my job make.”

With day one behind him, Harris said the team’s goal is to keep improving over the next few days of minicamp, which is scheduled to end on Thursday.

“Keep stacking them, keep stacking the days, improve every single day,” he said. “Coming out with the right mentality, the mentality to get better and improve and do whatever it takes to be better footballers individually and a better team.”

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