New England Patriots

  • Jakobi Meyers looked to have a worrisome injury situation brewing last Thursday, but the Patriots wide receiver now seems confident about his status for Thursday night against the Bills.

    Meyers briefly exited the Patriots’ Thanksgiving night loss to the Vikings with a shoulder injury, then returned, but ultimately played only 16 offensive snaps. He remains on the injury report on Tuesday with the shoulder injury and has been limited in practice, as the Pats get ready for a tough matchup against the Bills on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

    How does that shoulder feel now?

    “Better,” Meyers told reporters on Tuesday. “A lot better than the hit [against the Vikings]. So, I’m good.”

  • MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - NOVEMBER 24: Jakobi Meyers #16 of the New England Patriots catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – NOVEMBER 24: Jakobi Meyers #16 of the New England Patriots catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

  • Meyers has played 80 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps so far in the 2022 season, despite missing two games and most of the loss in Minnesota. The percentage would be closer to 100 if he hadn’t missed time. He’s on a 17-game pace of 89 catches, 1,079 yards, and six touchdowns.

    He’s also been their most dependable and productive possession receiver, with a team-high 15 third-down catches and 28 catches converted for first downs. And again, he’s done this while missing two games. So, yeah, pretty important to the current operation.

    It appears that Meyers is on track to play against the Bills on Thursday, perhaps even without limitations. The same cannot be said for running back Damien Harris, who is reportedly expected to miss Thursday’s game and is considered “week-to-week.” Center David Andrews (thigh) remains limited in practice after missing last Thursday’s game. Wide receiver DeVante Parker (knee) and cornerback Jalen Mills (groin) are two other notable names among nine on the Pats’ most recent injury report.

    Oct 9, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 9, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Patriots will most certainly need all available hands on deck on Thursday night against the Bills, who are second in the league in scoring offense (28.1 points/game) and fifth in scoring defense (18.1 points allowed per game). The Patriots have scored 28 points or more only once all season, in a 38-15 win over the Browns in Week 6 with Bailey Zappe at quarterback.

    Fortunately, they’re likely to have Meyers in tow as Mac Jones’ security blanket. But they may need him to be more than that in order to pull off the upset.

    We’ll continue to keep you covered this week leading up to the game, then we’ll have real-time coverage from Gillette Stadium throughout Thursday night. Click here for complete New England Patriots coverage at 985TheSportsHub.com.

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