3 things we learned from Patriots’ furious comeback loss in Miami
By Adam Weinrib
1. Jakobi Meyers is Leveling Up
When Jones did look poised and ready, it was typically Jakobi Meyers on the other side of the connection.
Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden — what a season, truly — were also positives in terms of the offensive attack, but Meyers’ extra effort was evident on several of Jones’ most impressive strikes.
Unforgettable Meyers snags from this one included his game-long 39-yard reception to help fuel New England’s final touchdown and populate a little sweat on Flores’ brow, as well as the looping dime placed directly in his lunging breadbasket by Jones far down the field on the 3rd & 4 shotgun strike midway through the third-quarter rally.
Just because that drive ended with the Jones fumble doesn’t mean we can take away Meyers’ well-earned flowers.
Remember when Meyers couldn’t find the end zone, limiting his impact as a theoretical No. 1? Since posting his first touchdown of the season against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 14, we’ve seen the wideout post five catches for 98 yards against the No. 1 seed Titans, go snag six balls for 59 yards against Buffalo, and lead the way with several acrobatic connections on Sunday in Miami.
He may be an unconventional No. 1, but he’s a No. 1. Part deep threat, part slot receiver, and the connection with his QB is clearly special. That stood out yet again on Sunday, amid precious few other positives.