In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Alabama presence on the New England Patriots’ roster grew with the additions of Mac Jones and Christian Barmore. They join Damien Harris, Dont’a Hightower and Anfernee Jennings as former members of Nick Saban’s squad playing for Bill Belichick.

Harris said he was excited to see more familiar faces in Foxborough.

“It’s great to have a lot of Alabama guys here,” Harris said during a video interview for the Patriots website. “Our program at Alabama was very similar to what goes on here, so I think the best part about that was knowing what to expect. We know that Coach Belichick, Coach Saban – obviously two of the best of the best of the best, and we know that they run their programs pretty similarly. Obviously, they have their differences, but we know for the most part that coming up here what to expect and what we’re getting into.

“Obviously, any opportunity I have to help a young guy, whether he’s from Alabama, here or an older guy, it really doesn’t matter — it’s all about being out of ourselves, into the team, looking out for one another and just continue to come together and strive to be the best team we can possibly be.”

Harris set to enter his third year in the league. He shared the advice he can offer to Jones, Barmore and the other New England rookies.

“Any advice I would give to any young guy, I tell myself every day,” Harris said. “I tell it to anybody: Come to work every day and put your best foot forward. Always got to live in the present. You’re never going to have any perfect days. On your best day, it’s not going to be perfect. On your worst day, it’s not going to be perfect. So just show up with the mentality to work, show up with the mentality to get better. Most importantly, show up with the mentality of out of myself and into the team because that’s what this organization is about.”