Jakobi Meyers
Jakobi Meyers in 2019
No. 16 – New England Patriots
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-11-09) November 9, 1996 (age 25)
Lithonia, Georgia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Arabia Mountain
(Lithonia, Georgia)
College:NC State
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2021
Receptions:139
Receiving yards:1,610
Receiving touchdowns:1
Passing yards:88
Passing touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jakobi Meyers (born November 9, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State and signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He led the New England Patriots in receiving yards in 2020 and went into the 2021 season expected to be one of the primary targets for the Patriots first-round draft pick Mac Jones.

Early years

Meyers attended and played high school football at Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia, Georgia.[1]

College career

Meyers played at NC State from 2015 to 2018.[2] Initially recruited as a quarterback, Meyers transitioned to receiver following his freshman year in which he redshirted and was a key member of the scout team. During his career he had 168 receptions for 1,932 yards and nine touchdowns. After his junior season, he entered the 2019 NFL Draft.[3] Meyers’ 92 receptions in 2018 broke Torry Holt's single season receptions record for NC State.[4]

College career statistics

Season Team GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
2016 NC State 7 13 158 12.2 0
2017 NC State 12 63 727 11.5 5
2018 NC State 12 92 1,047 11.4 4
Career 31 168 1,932 11.5 9

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+58 in
(1.87 m)
203 lb
(92 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.63 s 1.56 s 2.66 s 4.23 s 7.07 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Draft[5]

New England Patriots

2019

Meyers signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2019.[6][7] He debuted in the Patriots' preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, recording a game-high six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns in a Patriots 31–3 win.[8] In the Patriot's second preseason game, against the Tennessee Titans, Meyers again had a game-high six catches for 82 yards; he also had a two-point conversion reception in the 22–17 win for New England.[9] In Week 1, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in his regular-season debut, Meyers had one reception for 22-yards in a 33–3 win.[10] Overall, Meyers recorded 26 receptions for 359 receiving yards as a rookie.[11]

2020

In Week 9 of the 2020 season, against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, he recorded a career-high with 12 receptions for 169 yards, including a 20-yard catch to set up Nick Folk's game-winning 51-yard field goal as the Patriots won 30–27.[12] In Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens on NBC Sunday Night Football, Meyers led the Patriots with 5 catches for 59 yards and recorded a 24-yard passing touchdown to running back Rex Burkhead during the 23–17 win.[13] In Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins, Meyers recorded 7 catches for 111 yards during the 22–12 loss.[14] In Week 17 against the New York Jets, Meyers recorded 5 catches for 57 yards and a 19-yard passing touchdown on a reverse trick play to quarterback Cam Newton, identical to his passing touchdown earlier in the season. The Patriots won 28–14. Meyers finished the season with 59 receptions for 729 yards,[15] and while he had yet to record the first touchdown reception of his career, he did throw two touchdown passes.

2021

In Week 6 of the 2021 season, against the Dallas Cowboys, Meyers was denied his first receiving touchdown after being overturned by a holding call on James Ferentz. He would later score his first receiving touchdown in Week 10 on an 11-yard pass from Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter of a 45-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. At the time, Meyers held the modern NFL records for the most receptions (134) and receiving yards (1,560) to start a career without scoring a touchdown.[16]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Passing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Fum Lost
2019 NE 15 1 26 359 13.8 35 0 0 0
2020 NE 14 9 59 729 12.4 35 0 2 9 4.5 7 0 2 2 100.0 43 2 0 158.3 1 1
2021 NE 11 11 54 522 9.7 27 1 2 2 100.0 45 0 0 118.8 0 0
Total 40 21 139 1,610 11.6 35 1 2 9 4.5 7 0 4 4 100.0 88 2 0 158.3 1 1

References

  1. ^ "Jakobi Meyers, Arabia Mountain , Dual-Threat Quarterback". 247Sports. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jakobi Meyers College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "NC State WR Jakobi Meyers skipping final season to enter NFL draft". ESPN. Associated Press. January 1, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Smith, R. Cory (December 1, 2018). "Jakobi Meyers breaks NC State single-season receptions record". PackPride.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile – Jakobi Meyers". nfl.com. March 1, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Guregian, Karen (August 5, 2019). "Patriots rookie Jakobi Meyers becoming a Tom Brady favorite". Boston Herald. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Callahan, Andrew (August 1, 2019). "Undrafted rookie WR Jakobi Meyers is forcing his way into the Patriots' starting lineup". MassLive. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Princiotti, Nora (August 9, 2019). "Jakobi Meyers impresses as Patriots rout Lions in exhibition opener". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Stidham rallies Patriots to 22–17 victory over Titans". ESPN. August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Leipold, Mark (September 9, 2019). "Jakobi Meyers catches on ball in rookie debut". FantasyPros.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jakobi Meyers 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Buchmasser, Bernd (November 10, 2020). "Jakobi Meyers celebrates his 24th birthday with a career performance against the Jets". patspulpit.com. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  13. ^ "Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots - November 15th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  14. ^ "New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - December 20th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  15. ^ "New York Jets at New England Patriots - January 3rd, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "Watch: Jakobi Meyers breaks touchdown drought against Browns". www.boston.com. Retrieved November 14, 2021.