Julian Edelman knows a thing or two about playing wide receiver for the New England Patriots. Through all the years of criticism around Bill Belichick not bringing more help at the position, Edelman was the constant producer.
So it shouldn't have surprised anyone when it took less than 24 hours for his most recent comments on the state of the position in New England to be completely justified.
On Monday Edelman highlighted how surprised he was when the Patriots let Jakobi Meyers walk. Then on Monday Night Football, Meyers racked up 75 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions as the Las Vegas Raiders earned a 17-13 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Meyers had back-to-back 800-yard seasons with the Pats before they let him walk in free agency this offseason. He led the team in both receptions (150) and yards (1,670) during that stretch, while only one other wide receiver eclipsed even 1,000 yards.
This was always going to be a make-or-break season for Mac Jones, and rather than re-signing his top target, the Pats replaced Meyers with JuJu Smith-Schuster, who has a grand total of 86 yards through five games in New England.
Meyers has not only been a huge piece of the Raiders' offense, averaging 68.5 yards and 6.3 receptions per game, but he’s even had more yards than Davante Adams in two of his four games in 2023.
When wide receiver is one of the biggest weaknesses on the roster, it's really hard to watch a former Patriots teraing it up on a pretty modest $11 million per year contract.
Fans knew letting him walk wasn't good. Edelman knew it wasn't good. It looks like the Patriots' front office are the only ones who didn't see this coming.
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