Bittersweet moments for Jakobi Meyers as he heads towards NFL free company

“It’s type of dangerous on the again, truthfully, simply carrying every part and packing all of it up,” stated Meyers. “You understand, I’d reasonably play soccer than pack up my locker. However, I imply, it’s type of bittersweet simply seeing all people are available in right here and seize these things and head out on the identical time, but it surely comes with the enterprise.”

Meyers, the Patriots’ main receiver every of the final two seasons, is a looming free agent however has expressed a need to remain in New England. As a lot as he’d like to proceed the season, he stated the time to dwell on the loss had handed.

Deatrich Sensible Jr. joined the media Monday, serving to file teammate Jakobi Meyers as he spoke with the media in Foxborough.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Employees

“I believe in case you don’t win the Tremendous Bowl, finally you’re going to finish the season disenchanted,” stated Meyers, who had 67 catches for 804 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. “So I might say sure [it’s disappointing], however on the identical time, like I stated, it’s bittersweet as a result of I’m blissful to see all people.

“If that is the final time, , it’ll be nice simply seeing all people getting their jerseys, speaking to them, and laughing concerning the season.”

A brand new contract will probably be a scorching matter for the 26-year-old Meyers quickly sufficient, however proper now, he has relaxation, rest, and recuperation on his thoughts.

“Truthfully, I haven’t even actually gotten to that time but. I’ve been type of harm all 12 months, , so I’m simply extra so simply excited to get wholesome, get a bit of relaxation, see my household. That’s most likely the most important factor,” stated Meyers, who handled knee and shoulder points this season. “Simply return to my household. After that I’ll most likely work out what’s subsequent for me.”

Meyers additionally expressed assist for quarterback Mac Jones, with whom he clearly has developed a rapport. Jones had some turbulent occasions in 2022, however Meyers by no means noticed the quarterback lose his resolve.

“He continued to show and simply present who he was as an individual, not whilst a soccer participant.

“I do know one among my reminiscences from the 12 months was simply seeing him on the market enjoying whilst you hear different individuals chanting one other quarterback’s identify, , and that’s one thing robust to cope with,” stated Meyers, referring to when followers bellowed for Bailey Zappe. “However he didn’t actually complain, what I imply? He strapped his chin up the subsequent play and went again to work. So, happy with him.’’

Robust first 12 months

Cole Unusual stated it was “cool” to have the ability to say he began all 17 video games as a rookie at left guard however he actually was disenchanted in how the season ended.

“I assume I shouldn’t say I haven’t been shocked with something however I type of centered my thoughts earlier than I received right here [that the first year] was going to be very tough,” the first-round choose stated. “It was going to be not simply tough bodily, however in each regard — mentally, studying a brand new playbook, enjoying in opposition to guys which can be one of the best on the earth.

“I assume there’s no method to put it aside from it was all robust. However I really feel like I received higher because the 12 months went on, and I really feel good transferring ahead.”

Unusual put the wraps on his rookie season Sunday in Buffalo.Jim Davis/Globe Employees

Unusual stated he could be going house to Tennessee for a bit earlier than returning to New England.

Mills misses out

Cornerback Jalen Mills, who final took the sector on Thanksgiving in Minnesota, stated he thought he was near coming back from his groin harm, however he simply couldn’t flip the nook earlier than time ran out on the season …Quarterback Brian Hoyer made a uncommon locker room look. He missed the ultimate 13 video games after being concussed early in his begin at Inexperienced Bay … In keeping with an ESPN report, the Browns have sought permission to interview Jerod Mayo for his or her defensive coordinator place. The Browns fired Joe Wooden Monday and likewise are anticipated to interview former Patriots assistant and Dolphins head coach Brian Flores for the emptiness.


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