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Who will be Mac Jones’ leading receiver? – Boston Herald

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The Patriots’ leading receiver the past two seasons is a former college quarterback who could fairly be described as the team’s third-best wideout right now.

So could Jakobi Meyers manage a three-peat in 2022? Actually, yes.

The Pats’ wide receivers are one of, if not the most, competitive position groups on the roster. Kendrick Bourne finished 55 yards behind Meyers’ team-leading 855 last season and could take another major leap. Nelson Agholor is a prime bounce-back candidate, too, while DeVante Parker just arrived via trade as the team’s presumed No. 1.

So when all is said and caught, who will the Patriots’ leading receiver be this season?

The Herald’s Patriots beat writers debate.

Callahan: Give me Meyers. Injury concerns take DeVante Parker off the board. He’s averaged fewer than 13 games played per season the last four years. No such concerns with Meyers, who played in all 17 last season. Meyers has a clearly defined role in the slot, where he doesn’t face much competition unlike Parker, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Tyquan Thornton who will be fighting snaps outside. It’s hard to bank on Bourne — or any veteran — posting a second consecutive career year, so expect small regression there. Meanwhile, Meyers is entering just his fourth NFL season and sixth ever playing the position. He’s the pick.

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