Jakobi Meyers is part of a really talented team at the moment, and he is one of the receivers New England relies on. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest wide receiver unit coach Bill Belichick has ever had.
Meyers caught seven passes on nine targets for 74 yards in the 10-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. However he didn’t haul in any of the three passes the GOAT threw his way.
“(It was) definitely (frustrating), because I want to go out there and put my best foot forward every day, especially as an undrafted rookie,” Meyers said after the win. “But all I can do is learn from tape now, get better and not think about it too long. … I’ve just got to pick up my game so I don’t have any more 0-for-3 performances and I can give (Brady) my best game every day.”
Meyers ran the wrong route and made the wrong read. Brady couldn’t tolerate that anymore.
“I think for all of us, you play with guys that are maybe new to the offense and so forth,” Brady said. “Sometimes they think they’re not part of the route, and then a team plays a certain coverage and they’re part of the route. Early in the season, that’s part of this time of year. We don’t have the full week to prepare. We’re kind of putting things together on the fly. Yeah, those are learning moments for all of us.”
Getting yelled at by the GOAT was a big deal for Meyers. A big lesson.
“I was like, ‘Man, I’m really getting yelled at by Tom Brady,’ ” he said.
“Tom’s played for a long time,” Meyers explained, “so when he wants to sit down and talk, you give him an open ear. He was just telling me what I need to do, what I don’t need to do. I’m just trying to listen to everything he says, good or bad, soak it up and get better.”
In his three preseason games, Meyers was able to catch 19 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. The whole yelling thing was a reminder for him not to get too comfortable.
“You kind of get comfortable, and that’s the one thing that you don’t want to do as a Patriot — get comfortable. So the fact that I had this moment, I’m definitely going to learn from it. I’ll probably get chewed out a little bit, but it’ll be all right.”