December 5, 2023


“Nicely, he was a free-agent, and he signed with the Raiders.”

Jakobi Meyers AP Picture/Ryan Solar
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Because the Patriots try to show round an offense that’s averaging an NFL-worst 11 factors per recreation, it’s clear that they miss Jakobi Meyers, who was Mac Jones’s most dependable weapon final season.

Meyers led the Patriots in targets, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns final season. He left the Patriots to signal with Las Vegas within the offseason. Now, because the Patriots recreation plan for the Raiders this week, they’ll have to organize to match up towards Meyers.

“Jakobi is an especially proficient receiver,” cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino mentioned. “It’s humorous, while you watch him set routes up in a recreation it’s like ‘oooh, I’ve seen {that a} thousand occasions’. His lateral motion. His arrange on his route. It’s so clear. It’s so shifty. I actually admire his recreation, and I admire who he’s as an individual and what he does on the sector too. He’ll go in there and crack a security that’s twice his dimension. He’s a troublesome dude.”

So, why isn’t he with the Patriots anymore?

“Nicely, he was a free agent, and he signed with the Raiders,” Patriots coach Invoice Belichick responded. “Lots of guys go away and alter groups in free company. However, yeah, Jakobi appears like he seemed right here.”

Belichick mentioned that the Patriots met with Meyers in free company and had been “comparatively” near hammering out a deal. However finally, the Patriots opted to herald JuJu Smith-Schuster as a substitute.

Up to now this season, Smith-Schuster has 14 catches for 86 yards and no touchdowns. Meyers has 25 catches for 274 yards and three touchdowns.

“We haven’t been very productive offensively interval,” Belichick mentioned when requested about Smith-Schuster’s lack of manufacturing. “So, I’d be hard-pressed to say it’s only one man.”

When requested if he’s seeing sufficient separation from the Patriots’ receivers, Belichick mentioned: “We could be higher in each space.”

With an offense that has thrown six interceptions and misplaced 4 fumbles, the Patriots have points in each the working recreation and the passing recreation.

Whereas it’s not clear what the answer can be, the very fact stays that Meyers is now not right here to assist.