Jakobi Meyers admits earning Tom Brady's trust has been tough


FOXBOROUGH -- Adjusting to life in the NFL is hard enough for a rookie wide receiver, and even harder when your quarterback is Tom Brady.

This is what undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers has been dealing with this season when it comes to earning the 42-year-old's trust. Following a game earlier this season, Meyers noted on one play he knew he needed to catch the pass, or else he might not get another one thrown his way.

After seeing limited playing time this season, Meyers saw extended reps Sunday against the Cowboys with Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) missing the game.

Meyers finished with four receptions for 74 yards in the Patriots' 13-9 win, and it was a positive step in earning the quarterback's trust.

"That has probably been one of the toughest things about being here, but I am going to keep working at it, not give up and hopefully I keep chipping away each day," he said afterwards.

After the game, Brady offered praise for Meyers and also fellow rookie N'Keal Harry, who caught his first NFL touchdown in the win.

“They put a lot of effort in this week and they’re making improvements, and it was great to see,” he said. “They both came through with some big plays for us — we needed it — and did a great job.”

Bill Belichick added: “Yeah, they stepped up. They had a couple big plays. Again, not perfect, we’ve still got a long way to go. I think they’re learning every time they step on the field, whether it’s practice field, game field, or even walkthrough, but certainly, they made plays today that we needed to win. There weren’t a lot of points scored, and they were involved in either the field position or the actual scoring of it, that N’Keal had. So yeah, they did a nice job."

Meyers and Harry contributing was a positive development for the offense as it gave Brady a taste of what things can be with them getting involved. This will make the offense that much better when Sanu and Dorsett return.