New England's leading receiver will be back for more in 2022.
Jakobi Meyers has signed his restricted free-agent tender, the team announced Thursday.
Meyers emerged as rookie quarterback Mac Jones' top target in 2021, a season in which New England shifted toward the ground attack and finished with the eighth-best rushing offense in the NFL. Jones surprised many with his performance, helping the Patriots finish in the upper half of the league in passing, but he did so without a star receiver on the roster.
No matter. Meyers stepped up to lead the Patriots with 83 receptions for 866 yards and a pair of touchdowns as part of a passing offense that also saw Kendrick Bourne break 800 receiving yards and record five touchdown receptions.
Meyers becomes the second undrafted receiver to sign his free-agent tender on Monday, joining Green Bay's Allen Lazard. He'll return to a Patriots offense that welcomes a new face in DeVante Parker to its receiving corps in 2022.
- The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday they have signed cornerback Josh Jackson and released safety Javon Hagan. Jackson played with the Kansas City Chiefs last season after three with the Green Bay Packers. He's played in 44 career games with 15 starts.
- The Atlanta Falcons signed defensive lineman Jalen Dalton and offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison to one-year deals and released running back Jeremy McNichols and wide receiver Austin Trammell.
- The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Jake Kumerow on Thursday, via the transaction wire, but re-signed him Thursday night in a salary cap move, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.
- The Cleveland Browns signed fourth-round kicker Cade York to his rookie deal.
- The Houston Texans waived running back Scottie Phillips.
- The Seattle Seahawks waived defensive end Alex Tchangam.
- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley was dealing with shoulder tendinitis and pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson has an ankle sprain, coach John Harbaugh told reporters.
- Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward left minicamp practice early and was seen getting his lower left leg looked at by trainers. Coach Kevin Stefanski did not have an update on Ward's status after practice.
- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph missed the end of minicamp with a "minor" injury but is expected to be ready for training camp, coach Mike McCarthy said.