David Harris still waiting patiently Dan Leberfeld
You could make the argument that David Harris deserves a new contract ahead of everyone else. He’s still on his rookie second round deal, even though he has emerged as one of the better inside linebackers in the NFL.
“He’s tough (and) dependable,’ said Rex Ryan about Harris. “He makes game-changing plays, whether he’s blitzing the quarterback, whether he’s in man coverage (or) zone coverage. There’s not one coverage you can’t play with him. That’s what is rare about him.
“Sometimes you have guys that are great at stopping the run and maybe (some zone pass defense), a true MIKE linebacker. This guy can also run with the vertical receiver. He can play man coverage on backs. He can do everything. That’s what our system needs. We need linebackers that can do it all. It’s rare that you find any team that can keep two linebackers on the field in passing situations like we’re able to do, so that really helps us as a team. Those two are quite a tandem back there.”