Rookie WR Jakobi Meyers struggles in first action with Tom Brady

Andy Hart
August 23, 2019 - 12:26 am
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Prior to Thursday night’s third preseason game at Gillette Stadium, everything seemed to be coming easy for undrafted rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers in New England.

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Whether on the practice field or in preseason game action he caught just about everything thrown his way. He’d even developed a bit of a rapport with Tom Brady, including in joint practice work.

With Brady making his preseason debut against the Panthers the young receiver and the aged quarterback got their chance to show their stuff together on the August game field.

Only this time things didn’t come easy for Meyers. He was never able to connect with Brady, giving up on a deep ball on third down and having another throw deflect off his hands when the two weren’t exactly on the same page.

Suddenly, working with Brady for the first time and facing a starting-caliber defense for the first time, Meyers looked like a raw rookie.

“Definitely a change of pace. It’s not college any more. They get paid to play the game,” a disappointed Meyers said afterwards of facing Carolina’s top defense and disappointing his veteran quarterback. “I have to pick up my game so I don’t have any more 0-for-3 performances and I can give him my best game every day.”

Of the initial deep ball Meyers said simply, “have to keep running and go make a play.”

After the play, the young receiver looked to be intimidated by Brady’s glare.

“I wouldn’t say intimidating. I was like, man, this is, I’m really being yelled at by Tom Brady,” Meyers said.

Later the two hashed things out on the bench.

“Tom’s played for a long time. When he wants to sit down and talk you give him an open ear,” Meyers explained. “He was basically just telling me what I need to do, what I don’t need to do. Just trying to listen to everything he says, good or bad, soak it up and move on and get better.”

While no one wants to struggle, the young receiver admitted that the mistakes against the Panthers should help him moving forward.

“I want to go out there and put my best foot forward every day, especially as an undrafted rookie. All I can do know is learn from tape, get better and not think about it too long,” Meyers said. “You kind of get comfortable and that’s the one thing you don’t want to do as a Patriot, get comfortable. The fact that I had this moment, I’m definitely going to learn from it, probably get chewed out a little bit. But it will be all right.”

And he’ll keep listening to whatever insight Brady has to offer. While Meyers got back to making plays with backup Jarrett Stidham later in the game against Carolina’s backups – “Me and Stidham have a good chemistry right now” – he wants to get to the point where he’s making plays for Brady consistently, too.

“Good, bad or indifferent I’m going to take everything he says because at the end of the day he’s played forever. If he says it, he’s seen a lot of things and I’ve barely been here. I haven’t even had a sip of coffee yet. I’m going to take everything he says with an open ear and I’m going to learn from it and get better,” Meyers concluded.

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