According to Bill Belichick, an American football coach, the most significant improvement for a player comes in their second year. Players sometimes become more confident and allow their abilities to take over once they have a National Football League (NFL) football season under their belts.
Every spring, it seems that there is at least one unproven talent who stands out during workouts and sets himself in line to earn a spot on the roster. Jakobi Meyers was one of those players this past spring.
There is a lot of expectation for Meyers this year. If you are interested in finding out more about this impressive player, be sure to read on.
Who is Jakobi Meyers?
Jakobi Meyers is a 23-year old American football wide receiver for the NFL New England Patriots. He played college football at NC State and as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots in 2019.
Meyers attended Arabia Mountain High School, where he also played football.
From 2015 to 2018, he played at NC State. After initially being recruited as a quarterback, he transitioned to the receiver position following his freshman year.
He had 168 receptions for 1,932 yards, and nine touchdowns during his college career. He entered the 2019 NFL Draft after his junior season. The 92 receptions that Meyers made in 2018 broke the record of single season receptions for NC State, made previously by Torry Holt.
In 2019, Meyers signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. He debuted against the Detroit Lions in the Patriots’ preseason opener, making an impressive six catches for 69 yards, and two touchdowns in a 31–3 victory for the Patriots.
Again, Meyers had a game-high six catches for 82 yards in the Patriot’s second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. He also had a double-point conversion reception in the 22–17 win for New England.
In Week 1, Meyers had one catch for 22-yards in a 33–3 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a rookie, Meyers recorded 26 receptions for 359 receiving yards overall.
Expectations from Meyers in 2020
Although Meyers has enjoyed some success in his season as a rookie, he is looking for more in year 2. Meyers has spent the offseason back home in Georgia, where he has slightly benefited from the state’s somewhat relaxed measures in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has been able to work out both on his own and with some buddies. Aside from regular video interaction, he has not been able to do much with teammates.
He is virtually meeting with his teammates regularly. Meyers believes the opportunity must come for him to make the jump towards consistent regular-season success.
At a higher level than his rookie season, he continues to do his best to understand the offense.
Jakobi Meyers has smooth strides and a noticeable strength, making him a tough matchup inside.
For Meyers, the more he understands what he’s doing, the better and faster he can play. He is certainly one to watch this season and has built an incredible fan base. He’s been working hard during the lockdown, with regular exercise and plenty of contact with his fellow teammates.
With his impeccable skills and knowledge of the game, Meyers sure has a lot to offer. According to him, “last season was a learning experience. It was a perfect chance for me to learn and for me to figure out how I would learn from it.” Be sure to follow his success this season.