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Patriots top WR may miss crucial Week 3 matchup due to knee injury

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The New England Patriots are gearing up for an important matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 but may have to do so without their best wide receiver.

Jakobi Meyers missed his second day of training in a row due to a knee injury. Ian Rapport of the NFL Network reported earlier this week that Meyers had medical personnel examine his knee. While Rapoport said tests didn’t show a significant injury, the wide receiver has yet to practice this week.

So far in 2022, Meyers has been the Patriots’ top wide receiver. Meyers has 13 receptions for 150 yards per Pro Football Reference. He was Mac Jones’ favorite pass catcher this season with 19 goals.

Right behind Meyers in terms of performance is Nelson Agholor. The pass catcher has nine receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown for New England this season.

One player who got off to a rocky start in his Patriots career is DeVante Parker. It appeared Parker would be the top wide receiver for New England after being acquired through a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

So far in 2022, Parker has been tackled just four times and has a reception for nine yards per Pro Football Reference.

The Patriots are hoping to get more from Parker in the coming weeks, and if Meyers is forced to miss time, Week 3 could be the perfect opportunity.

The former nose tackle and Patriots legend is in town as he is inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame this week. Speaking to the media after adjusting his red jacket Thursday, Wilfork mentioned that he hopes to speak with the team before New England takes the field.

“Hopefully (Friday) I’ll have some time to go somewhere because I’d like to see the team,” Wilfork said. “I would love to see Bill (Belichick) and the staff and everyone. Every time I’m in town I want to. I want to do that because I think it’s important not only for me but also for the players to understand it. Even though I haven’t been in the game for a while, sometimes it feels good when someone else says something different than what a coach always says. Every time Bill can have someone who played under him he comes back and passes on some knowledge and speaks some wisdom, I think players take it differently. So it might click on them like, “Damn, Bill told me that last week, and here Vince is telling me the same thing.” It kind of puts you in a different mindset.

“So I hope to get over there (Friday). I don’t know yet, but that’s the goal because I love being around. I love showing my face. Boston was great for me, the organization was super wonderful and Bill, he was always, always there for me. If I had a chance to get over there…it would make me happy, especially against a team in the Ravens where we have a little rivalry there. I have a few things I’d like to say to the team to prepare for Sunday. So we’ll see if we can do it.”

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