FOXBOROUGH — Jakobi Meyers may have reached the lowest point a player can reach in an NFL game. Not only did the New England Patriots receiver commit a huge gaffe, but one that ultimately decided who won the game.
As you know, Myers inexplicably hit the backside of Mack Jones on a play that was intercepted by Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones, who ran the ball for a touchdown as time expired.
Three days later, the Patriots will need to move on from that point to help right the ship and keep their playoff hopes alive when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. Mack Jones said the veteran receiver is responding well after Sunday’s low point.
“I think Kobe is a very routine person like I am,” the Patriots QB said Wednesday. “It’s just that no matter what happens the week before, we run the same schedule. I see him at the same time every day, and everything on his day off. So he is a very routine person. He won’t let the results affect his performance. He’s going to tear it down and do whatever it takes to help the team, as he’s done since he’s been here.
“I had a really good practice today. I’m just proud of the way he’s responding. That’s what football is all about. Sometimes when things don’t go your way, you just have to bounce back. I really look at him as a great leader on our team. So he sets a great example.” . Now we’re just getting ready for this big week. He did a good job,” the Patriots QB continued.
An emotional Jacoby Meyers said he was “trying to overdo it and try to be a hero” on the final play. Said he knew the score was tied and the play didn’t call for a sideline. pic.twitter.com/KiOIjKOqcR
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 19, 2022
No receiver was more consistent during Jones’ tenure with the Patriots than Meyers. The fourth-year wideout led the team last season, recording 83 receptions for 866 yards.
Myers hasn’t played very well this season as well offensively. However, he missed three games due to injury, recording 52 receptions for 640 yards and three touchdowns this year.
Sunday’s loss dropped the Patriots to 7-7 and out of the AFC playoff spot. They could clearly make the playoffs with three games left, but all three games are against teams that are currently in the playoffs.