Patriots’ Jakobi Meyers wants to be ‘levels ahead’ next season
Undrafted free agents don’t usually make a team’s final roster, let alone make an actual impact as a rookie. That’s exactly what Jakobi Meyers did for the New England Patriots in 2019.
While the former North Carolina State product finished the season with zero touchdowns, the Patriots rookie wideout did manage 26 receptions for 359 yards in 15 games played.
However, going into his second season, Meyers isn’t satisfied with just being the surprising undrafted free agent. In an interview with Paul Perillo of Patriots.com, Meyers spoke on what his goal is for the 2020 season.
“Mentally, I want to be levels ahead of where I was last year,” Meyers said of his goals for 2020. “Understanding not only what we’re doing but also why we’re doing it. Earning trust to make the right play. I want to build on last year. It was a nice stepping stone, but I want to keep building and growing.”
Considering New England’s struggles at the position for much of last season, Meyers figures to be a bigger part of the offense in year two. The second-year pro will lineup next to receivers like Julian Edelman and 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry.
Additionally, the Patriots also went out and signed veteran wideout Damiere Byrd who played with the Arizona Cardinals last season.
Perhaps even more important to Meyers’ success in 2020 will be his relationship with fellow second-year pro Jarrett Stidham. After the surprise departure of franchise superstar Tom Brady, the young QB from Auburn is expected by most to be next in line for the job under center. The two showed solid chemistry together during the 2019 preseason.