Tom Brady will keep throwing it to Jakobi Myers, if he’s the open guy

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Teams that aren’t the Patriots often get caught up in the urgency to throw the ball to a specific receiver. Teams that are the Patriots have a much more simple approach, one that isn’t tied to feeding any one specific pass-catcher.

That’s the gist of quarterback Tom Brady‘s comments after Monday night’s 33-0 win over the Jets regarding the emergence of undrafted rookie receiver Jakobi Meyers.

Meyers, from North Carolina State, had four catches through the first five weeks of the season. In the past two games, he’s had four receptions for 54 yards and five for 47, respectively. While not eye-popping stats, Meyers is following the “do your job” mantra by running routes, getting open, and catching the ball when Brady decides Meyers is indeed the open man.

“He’s done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity,” Brady told reporters on Monday night. “I’ll keep throwing it to him. He does a good job of getting open. I’ll just keep trying to go to the open guy.”

That’s the way it should be. Not “I’m going to try to get Julian Edelman involved early because if he doesn’t have multiple catches by the end of the first quarter he starts whining,” but “I’ll just keep trying to go to the open guy.”

It’s a simple concept, but plenty of teams struggle to master it. The Patriots’ success flows in large part from their ability to master all of the simple concepts, while doing just well enough with the complex areas of coaching and execution to keep winning and winning and winning.

12 responses to “Tom Brady will keep throwing it to Jakobi Myers, if he’s the open guy

  1. I hear Brady & who can argue with the GOAT? But the clear fact is that Julian Edelman had numerous drops & looked particularly inept last night. Everybody can see that Jakobi is better and his role may grow with time. After all, he did lead the team receptions throughout preseason and hasn’t stopped since.

    The rookie & former high school 4* QB, knows how to read defenses. A skill he honed at NCSU. What a gift to play with the best team, where draft position is of little import.

  2. The only way that works is if you have no talent, or talented guys who’ve been mentally manipulated into believing they’re not, like Edelman. Take a look at Edelman’s contract history. He’s probably the most underpaid player of all time.

  3. qdog112 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:48 am
    I hear Brady & who can argue with the GOAT? But the clear fact is that Julian Edelman had numerous drops & looked particularly inept last night. Everybody can see that Jakobi is better and his role may grow with time. After all, he did lead the team receptions throughout preseason and hasn’t stopped since.

    The rookie & former high school 4* QB, knows how to read defenses. A skill he honed at NCSU. What a gift to play with the best team, where draft position is of little import.

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    Yes, god forbid an All Pro level WR like Edelman has an off night. How dare he!

  4. The guy looks like he’s playing with broken ribs….. SMDH
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    qdog112 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:48 am
    I hear Brady & who can argue with the GOAT? But the clear fact is that Julian Edelman had numerous drops & looked particularly inept last night. Everybody can see that Jakobi is better and his role may grow with time. After all, he did lead the team receptions throughout preseason and hasn’t stopped since.

  5. Edelman has been playing hurt. I suspect Bill wants to get him and Gordon healthy and does not think Harry is ready to take carry the team thus the need for a veteran that can play the slot.

  6. JMyers made some nice blocks last night too. He gets off the line extremely well and has good hands. Although not a burner, he gets open. I think the only problem is he doesn’t always end up where he’s supposed to be. Not unusual for a rookie in this offense.

  7. Whoever is open. He doesn’t care. He’ll target them! Like Darnold was targeting them all night!

  8. Brady isn’t unusual in this – all the league’s QBs like throwing to whichever Patriot is open.

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