With the way things have gone this season, it’s amazing to think that the New England Patriots can still make the playoffs. It’s simple: win against Buffalo Sunday and you’re in. The Patriots can also get in if the Dolphins, Titans, and Steelers all lose; but that’s worst case scenario.
Even with the end of the season coming, it doesn’t hurt to get a head start on next season. The Patriots have some interesting names that can be free agents after the 2022-2023 season is complete. One name being wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.
Meyers is set to be an unrestricted season heading into the 2023 season. I don’t know about other Patriots fans. But me? I think it’s essential to retain Jakobi Meyers next season.
The New England Patriots have a dependable receiver in Jakobi Meyers
The offense has been very stagnant for the Patriots in 2022. That’s also putting it nicely!
But Jakobi Meyers has been the most consistent wide receiver on the Patriots roster.
After 16 games this season, Meyers has 64 catches for 771 yards, and five touchdown receptions. The five TDs are the most in a season in the career of the former NC State Wolfpack receiver.
We see it all the time with Mac Jones. He’s always looking for Meyers in key situations.
Look at the Dolphins game on Sunday. Jones saw that Meyers didn’t have a defensive back covering him. So what did the quarterback do? Trusted Meyers, and threw him a jump ball for an easy touchdown!
Meyers has earned the trust of his quarterback and his teammates. Sure, he had the lateral disaster in Las Vegas. That was a bad decision, believe me! But one play doesn’t take away from the overall success that the wide receiver has had in New England.
Let’s face it, the New England Patriots won’t pay for other receivers
The Patriots will need to re-sign Meyers because quite frankly, I don’t have any confidence in Bill Belichick going out and signing another receiver.
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There are some intriguing names out there in the FA market. Mecole Hardman, Allen Lazard, and Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster are a few of those names out there. But with the way Bill is, he won’t want to sign a big name receiver, or trade for one at that.
That’s why keeping Meyers is even more important. Give the offense legitimate weapons to use for a (hopefully new) offensive scheme in 2023. He can provide dependability for this offense. Why are you going to risk losing him to another team in free agency?
This is a deal that needs to be done as soon as possible.
The Patriots have one of the largest amount of money to spend this off-season.
If they want to spend it on other parts of their team, fine. Then give Meyers a fair deal in the off-season. He’s not going to break the bank, so just don’t be cheap with him.
Otherwise, the role that Meyers serves might have to be replaced too. We don’t need more unnecessary problems. Bring Meyers back to Foxborough in 2023 and beyond!