It looks like Tom Brady will not be short of targets this season. New England’s wide receiver depth has been the talk of the NFL as of late and for very good reasons. The Patriots just re-gained another weapon with the reinstatement of Josh Gordan, kept a great veteran in Super 53 MVP Julian Edelman and have a highly talented first-round draft pick in N’Keal Harry, just to name a few. The guys trailing toward the end of the depth chart are even more surprising, especially rookie un-drafted free agent Jakobi Meyers.
Who is Jakobi Meyers?
Meyers played three seasons at North Carolina State before declaring for the draft his junior year. He finished his collegiate career with 168 receptions for 1,932 yards and nine touchdowns. He posted a 4.63 40-yard dash, 4.23 20-yard shuttle, a 7.07 3-cone drill and a 37 inch vertical jump at the combine.
Early on, Meyers stood out. He took first team reps to begin training camp, while Harry wasn’t, and impressed from the jump. HIs next move would be to continue to develop and stand out in the Patriots’ preseason matchups, and impress he did.
Against the Detroit Lions in the first week of the preseason, Meyers led the team in catches with six and recorded his first two pro-football touchdowns to help New England win 31-3.
The first touchdown looked somewhat like he was playing hot-potato, yet his ability to stick with the ball and gain control is impressive without a doubt:
But certainly he could not go one and done, especially when he knows his spot on the roster could be on the line:
A Diamond in the Rough
Week two just showed that Meyers is on an upward trend and may be another hidden gem snatched up by the Patriots yet again. New England went south to Nashville, Tennessee to face the Titans and former Patriots MIke Vrabel in an anticipated week two matchup.
The Patriots walked away with a win in a second half effort. Meyers once again had a game-high six catches but this time for 82 yards and no touchdowns. He did, however, catch a two-point conversion pass.
While the veteran presence of wide receivers is very well regarded for the Patriots, the value in developing Meyers will produce greater long-term securities. Plus, New England loves a guy with a chip on his shoulder and surely going un-drafted leaves one behind.
This guy has without question solid athleticism, speed, agility and hands, all of which was noticeable in just a few short outings with the team. Being a rookie behind some great talent, Meyers has an incredible opportunity to develop into a system player for this organization. With all the right moves and improvements, Meyers can climb his way toward the top of the depth.
The rest of the preseason is crucial for Meyers and his spot on the depth chart. While starting time can easily be ruled out for the rookie, Patriots nation should feel secure in the fact that each player in this receiving corps currently fighting for a spot on this team is deeply rooted with talent and remains a great safety net for New England this upcoming season.