New England Patriots

  • It sounds like the Patriots’ offense may not be at full force when the team takes the field for the home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Early Sunday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is “not expected to play” in the game.

    Meyers has been on the injury report throughout the season, listed with a knee injury. Despite being questionable for the first two games, he played in both and has been the team’s leading receiver with 13 catches for 150 yards. He played 56 snaps last week against Pittsburgh, the most of any Patriots receiver.

  • This week, Meyers was a non-participant in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He was listed as questionable coming into the game.

    We’ll get a definitive update on Meyers’ status at 11:30, when the team released the inactives for the game. This would be the first game Meyers missed due to injury in his NFL career. Other players to keep an eye on are safety Kyle Dugger – who’s practice participation this week mirrored Meyers – and linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who didn’t practice on Friday.

    Assuming Meyers can’t go, Nelson Agholor could be in for a bigger role. Agholor was the Patriots’ third-most used wide receiver last week, playing 50 percent of the snaps behind Meyers and DeVante Parker, who played 76 percent.

    The real question though is who assumed Meyers’ responsibilities in the slot? That will likely come down to Kendrick Bourne, who played 35 percent of the snaps last week after seeing the field for just two plays in the opener, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who played 38 percent of the time last week and whose skillset more closely resembles what Meyers does stylistically.

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