While Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor have earned a deserved amount of credibility and respect for helping turn the New England Patriots around on the offensive end, the emerge of Jakobi Meyers over N’Keal Harry has been one of the more interesting positive developments.
While Harry might have had a path to success already paved for him when he arrived as a first-round selection, Meyers had to grind to get to where he was. He arrived in New England as an undrafted free agent despite a very productive collegiate career at North Carolina State.
Meyers didn’t seem daunted by the prospect of coming into New England and competing with Harry for playing time. In fact, Meyers said that he chose to go to the Patriots specifically to show that he was as talented as someone with Harry’s pedigree.
On Kyle Van Noy’s “Elite Eatz” YouTube show, Meyers said that he signed with the Patriots right after failing to get drafted because he wanted to show New England and the rest of the league that he could compete with Harry. So far, it looks like Meyers is winning the battle.
Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers proved he is better than N’Keal Harry.
Harry’s make-or-break season is starting to look more like a failure as the year progresses. Harry has just 10 catches for 103 yards and has not recorded a touchdown. His issues with getting separation deep down the field remain, meaning this is probably going to be his final season in Foxborough.
Meyers is just three yards behind Bourne for the team lead in receiving yards, and he leads the team outright in catches with 65 (Bourne has 45). After weeks of plotting, Meyers finally caught his first NFL touchdown pass in a blowout victory against the Browns.
While not an elite red zone presence or vertical separator, Meyers has the sure hands and short-area quickness that Bill Belichick loves. While Harry struggles to execute Josh McDaniels’ vision, Meyers has proven to be a much more reliable option. The Patriots need to make sure that one of Mac Jones’ favorite targets gets locked up for the future.
Meyers went undrafted due to questions about his speed and the limited route tree that he ran in college. However, Belichick must have seen something in his ability to get open and make plays.
Considering how bad the Harry pick looks, Meyers is showing that he would’ve been a much better use of that capital.