1. Jakobi Meyers
The biggest and brightest star in this young Patriots season has been, without a doubt, Jakobi Meyers.
If Jamie Collins is the feel-good story of camp that involves an ex-player’s homecoming and rebirth, Jakobi Meyers is the more classic feel-good story of a rookie undrafted free agent coming out of seemingly nowhere to carve out a major role in an NFL offense.
Of course, this isn’t just any NFL offense or any NFL team. This is the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, which only makes Meyers’ meteoric rise all the more impressive and unlikely.
As acknowledged at the beginning of this list, some of these new players might not have ever been given the opportunities to prove themselves if the Patriots’ more-established offensive players were all healthy and active right now. As good as Meyers has been, it’s hard to imagine his rapid ascension existing in a world where Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas, and Cameron Meredith are all 100% healthy, unsuspended, and catching passes from Tom Brady this summer.
But that’s not the world we live in.
The world we live in right now belongs to Meyers, who put the rest of the league on notice by roasting the Lions in the first week of preseason action. He seems to catch everything that’s thrown his way, whether it comes from Brady, Hoyer, or fellow rookie Jarrett Stidham at quarterback.
Meyers would have to absolutely tank the next two or three weeks to not make New England’s final 53-man roster at this point. The former college quarterback has looked polished, professional, and – frankly – like a seasoned veteran throughout practices against Detroit, Tennessee, and even while going against his most difficult assignment: that New England secondary.
By far and away, Jakobi Meyers is the standout player from the Patriots’ training camp and preseason thus far.