Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers spoke to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi about learning the team’s new offense and the growing pains that come with it.
A new NFL season is upon us, yet the same conversation and concerns from years past are continuing once again.
Through just two weeks of training camp, the Patriots offense has been outshined by the dominance of the defense’s performance. The same issues that have been a problem since last season has looked to trickle into training camp this year, leaving a lot of doubt things can turn around before the season begins.
It is well known that with Josh McDaniels’ departure, Bill Belichick and staff have implemented a new offensive system. Although the details of the changes have been not been revealed, it’s clear the offense is struggling to gain traction with the new playbook.
In usual New England fashion, the media has been unable to get clear answers regarding the changes from coaches and players alike. But Jakobi Meyers spoke to Mike Giardi and Scott Pioli this past week and detailed some of the hurdles the offense is trying to overcome.
“It’s definitely been something to get used to. But it’s like they say with change at all – any change is kind of hard,” Meyers said when asked about how he’s viewing the offensive changes. “There’s going to be growing pains, and I think we’re going through that stage. This is the kind of place where they want everything perfect, so it’s just- change and perfection are kind of a hard mix. So we’ve kind of been going through it.”
Meyers went on to say that it’s been quite the learning experience for all of them, but that there is a benefit to the offense entirely going through it together.
When asked how he has learned to balance the expectations set by Belichick while figuring out the new offense, Meyers said, “It’s more an ego check. You got to be really able to throw your egos out the door. We had a conversation about that the other day. Just guys putting their egos aside, forget everything you know and just worry about where you’re trying to be now. We understand we did things a certain way before, but it’s not that anymore.”