Mike Reiss: The Patriots didn’t value Jakobi Meyers
The Patriots signed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a three-year, $33 million contract in the offseason while letting Jakobi Meyers walk and join the Las Vegas Raiders. Should the Patriots have buyer’s remorse on this wide receiver swap? ESPN’s Mike Reiss joined Zolak and Bertrand to evaluate the state of the wide receiver position in New England and whether or not Bill Belichick valued what he had in Jakobi Meyers during this tenure with the Patriots.
Did Bill Belichick value Jakobi Meyers?
“Bigger picture to this is sometimes I do think that you could make an argument to them that the player you know, so we’re talking about Jakobi Meyers, like, you know him. Four years, you’ve had him here. I think sometimes there might be a tendency to not value that as much as another player from another team. And I’ll give you another example that I think they got fortunate with. It’s the quarterback. I’m not saying Bailey Zappe is, you know, a great backup quarterback. But when you waive him and expose him to the rest of the league and bring in a quarterback from another team who basically decides he doesn’t want to play for you, it’s sort of the same thing in a way. So sometimes the person you know is a better choice than the one from the other team.”
Could JuJu Smith-Schuster get benched?
“If they keep putting him on the field and this is what it is going forward, then that’s the bigger problem. And I don’t think that’s going to happen. And that’s where I think the next layer of this conversation is. They might be fortunate that they have two rookies, more Pop Douglas than Kayshon Boutte who’s been inactive the last two games, but they probably weren’t counting on those two guys even contributing much when they drafted him in the sixth round tie… But between Thornton, those two guys, you still have other options going forward to possibly get this thing going. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but I don’t necessarily think the cupboard is bare because you bombed on JuJu. I still think there’s solutions here to score points.”