New England Patriots

So Jakobi Meyers is still the Patriots’ No. 1 receiver?

It’s not an outrageous concept, after Meyers emerged as an every-snap wideout for the Patriots and upped his production to 59 catches and 729 yards in the 2020 season. So it makes logical sense for Meyers to take center stage in one of Cam Newton’s Instagram mini-productions, like the one you can see in the above video.

Newton throws a tight spiral and hits Meyers right in the hands in the pass depicted in the video. It would certainly be a good development for Newton if he could make that kind of throw consistently. Newton has spent much of the offseason working with throwing coach George Whitfield Jr.

Meyers has a big head start on working with Newton and the Patriots offense over the team’s two most notable free-agent signings at wide receiver, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Both of them – all three, really – are best suited as complementary pieces and not as clear-cut No. 1’s.

If Newton shows vast improvement with his throwing accuracy and game management, the Patriots may not need Meyers or anyone else to emerge as a true dynamic No. 1 threat at wide receiver. That’s especially true if and when the Patriots run much of the offense through their two free-agent tight ends, Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.

We’ll see if the work Newton has put in, and the glimpses he’s given on his social media pages, translates to the field in real games. Because that’s what is going to matter.

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