Dolphins rookie Charles Harris criticizes himself as “hesitant” in debut

Charles Harris thought his preseason debut was just OK. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—The Dolphins set up first-round pick Charles Harris in an ideal situation for development this year by giving him at least a year to develop behind Cameron Wake and Andre Branch.

Harris is growing into his role as a backup who could get significant defensive snaps and he learned a big lesson from his debut in last week’s preseason game against Atlanta.

“The No. 1 thing is just to go,” he said after practice today. “I was really hesitant. It was my first game, and I didn’t want to mess up or whatever. But Coach T (Terrell Williams) and Coach Dre (Andre Carter) told me I just need to go. My best attribute is my speed, so get off the ball and then react. Play instinctively and don’t think about things too much.”

Harris said there were no issues with remembering the play calls, but he had some trouble analyzing the defense on the fly.

“A lot of us young guys were looking at formations and trying to dissect them while we were playing and stuff like that, and it’s gonna take time for us to be able to go into a game like we did in college, studying beforehand, getting to apply it,” he said. “I think the first game is under our belt and we’re looking to get better each and every game.”

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