Jakobi Meyers went from being an undrafted free agent in 2019 to where he is in 2022.
The Patriots fourth-year wide receiver has led the team in receiving since 2020, recording 59 receptions for 729 yards in 2020 and 83 receptions for 866 yards in 2021.
Meyers is playing even better to start the 2022 season. In four games, he recorded 24 receptions for 321 yards and a touchdown, proving to be a reliable target for Mac Jones and rookie Bailey Zappe.
Advanced metrics show that Meyers’ start to the season is even more impressive. Meyers ranks among the best in the league creating more than a yard of separation on passing plays. A receiver tracking metric chart recently shared by ESPN’s Seth Walder showed that Meyers has been one of the best receivers in the league to open up and make receptions.
The praise for Meyers doesn’t end there. Former NFL quarterback turned NFL ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said Meyers belongs in the conversation for one of the best road runners in the NFL right now.
“Now the reason he’s become one of the best road runners we have in the league right now is that he kind of tells a different story all the time,” Orlovsky said in a Twitter video breaking down Meyers highlights from Patriots week. 6 win over the Browns. “…You’re talking about a guy who has, creates the ability to open up.”
A 27-yard reception Meyers made in the win over the Browns even led Orlovsky to say, “that doesn’t happen in the league, to open up like that.”
Meyers’ rise is not only remarkable considering he was an undrafted free agent, but he also served as a quarterback until his sophomore year in college.
Meyers shared what helped him improve a lot in a relatively short time.
“My failures,” Meyers said. “I feel like I lost a lot of rehearsals. A lot of reps didn’t see or a lot of reps in my head where I probably would have done this and seen someone else do it and it didn’t work.
“All the failures I’ve had and all the hard times and it happened in the background. It kind of came to fruition, all the things I thought I could do. Just learning from every rep I take makes me a better player.
Meyers also ranks sixth for creating separation coverage against humans, by Pro Football Focus. Even though Meyers has made tremendous progress this season, he realized he still had work to do.
“I would say so, but I’m not done yet. Six is not one,” Meyers said of the rankings. I have a ways to go.
Meyers will look to continue what could be a career year on Monday against the Chicago Bears, where he could team up with Mac Jones again after the starting quarterback missed the last three games with an ankle injury.
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