With the announcement of the schedule this past Tuesday, the opening game for the New York Giants became a little more meaningful for free agent signing Dwayne Harris. The former Dallas Cowboy, who signed a five-year contract with the Giants in March, will return to his old home prior to even playing a meaningful snap in his new one. Harris’ return to Dallas not only comes immediately, but it will also be played under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football.
The Giants certainly saw something in Harris that the Cowboys and other teams did not, offering Harris the team’s most lucrative contract, featuring 7.1 million in guaranteed money. Tom Coughlin and company would love nothing more than to see their investment pay immediate dividends, and the occasion would be fitting for Harris. If Harris himself has a chip on his shoulder after leaving the Cowboys however, he isn’t saying it.
"I don’t think I have anything to prove,” Harris said. "I think what I have done in this league speaks for itself. I go out and play hard every play. I go out and do my job and I think that shows on the field.”
Harris’ own thoughts are one thing, but Giants fans will be expecting more from Harris than simply what he gave Dallas. With just 33 receptions over his four seasons with the Cowboys, Harris made his mark mostly as a special teamer and blocker. The money the Giants put forth to add these skills on their own seemed steep, but Harris alleviated a few concerns when he explained why the Giants were the best fit for him.
“[The Giants] do look at me as a receiver and the things I can do on the offensive end. The things I did in Dallas limited me because I was doing a lot of special team work and then outside of that I was blocking for DeMarco Murray,” Harris said of his role in Dallas. "I was one of the guys who was on the field all the time except when the defense was on the field. Being able to come here and show people I can play receiver and the things I can do when I have the ball in my hands is going to be fun for me.”
Whether it is fair or not, fans will be expecting Harris to make plays on offense he has not often made on the NFL level thus far. To endear himself to Giants fans, it certainly would not hurt to show his former teammates how much they should miss him once September 13 rolls around.