Things are never easy for Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.
Despite showing promise as a rookie — 26 catches for 359 yards — Meyers wasn’t really given much of a chance to play early in the year last season. It took a N’Keal Harry injury to allow Meyers to get significant playing time.
But, when he did he took full advantage.
In Weeks 6-14, Meyers totaled 43 receptions for 690 yards. Over a 16-game season that would be a 1,000-yard receiving season. The second-year player finished the year with 59 catches for 729 yards and was the Patriots’ No. 1 wideout once Julian Edelman was out for the year.
While it seemed like Meyers was elevating his game and could be a player the team could count on in 2021, it went out and added receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne this offseason along with tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
"They family already," Meyers said about Agholor and Bourne on a Zoom call Tuesday. "I love having them around, just the energy they bring and how hard they work. They definitely two guys who, you can tell they want to be the best at what they do. Every day we come in here, they push each other, they push us. They've just definitely brought some new life to the room and I'm definitely excited to have them here."
Adding those two players could be taken as they do not fully believe in Meyers. Besides Meyers there’s N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski, Agholor and Bourne at the top of the receiver depth chart. But, with the two tight ends on the field a lot, there won’t be as many snaps for receivers as usual.
Meyers did everything he could and showed great promise last year, but the moves this offseason indicate the team doesn’t have full confidence in him.
"I feel like last year I had a couple little brain farts here and there, just mental lapses where I wouldn't know what to do but it wouldn't click for me right away," Meyers said when asked what he worked on this offseason. "Just trying to erase as many of those as I possibly can. Being able to make it through a whole season. … It's pretty long, that's my first time doing something like that. Just being able to be consistent day in, day out for as long as the season is, is definitely something I wanna get better at."
Meyers will have to battle with a few other players at his position for his place on the depth chart, but if last year was any indication of how things will go, don’t ever count the 24-year-old out.
It will take a lot to stop him.