The New England Patriots seem to have a way to find talent that others overlook, though they’ve seemingly been unable to discover a steady presence at wide receiver. Once again the depth chart appears questionable, even with the addition of first round pick N’Keal Harry. However if you listen to the talk around Patriots’ camp and check out the box score from their first preseason game, an undiscovered talent may be emerging.
Undrafted out of North Carolina State, Jakobi Meyers will quickly find his name onto deep sleeper lists. It makes sense after he put up 6 catches for 69 yards and 2 TD last Thursday night and you see quotes like this one, courtesy of Mike Reiss of ESPN:
Undrafted WR Jakobi Meyers (NC State) took his strong performance on the practice field and transferred it to the game field, which has been one of the top storylines for the Patriots in their impressive preseason opening performance. Meyers had 92 catches last season at NC State, which broke Torry Holt’s single-season record, but went undrafted in part because of a slower 40-yard dash time (4.6). Meyers is also new to the receiver position, having switched from quarterback in 2016, so he’s still a raw prospect in some regards. Meyers is making a strong charge to not only earn a roster spot, but carve out a role for himself.
The fact that he’s still learning the nuances of the position is important to note, because it shows that he still may be developing and has yet to reach his full potential. Standing at 6’2” and 203 lbs, the potential is there to carve out a role in a rather convoluted depth chart that includes:
- Julian Edelman
- N’Keal Harry
- Demaryius Thomas
- Phillip Dorsett
- Dontrelle Inman
How many opportunities are there, especially with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and others involved in the running/passing game remains to be seen. That said, with the room to continue to develop and all the promise that is already being discussed he’s worth stashing in deep dynasty leagues. There’s little cost and plenty of upside.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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