San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem was joking around and speaking with former New Orleans Saints teammates prior to last night’s game but that faded quickly.
Coming into the game against his former team, Meachem only had six receptions for 92 yards and zero touchdowns. It only took until the second series for the Chargers for that to change.
Meachem caught his first touchdown pass of the season while being covered by safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Corey White. That’s when the friend label came off.
Before Meachem had a chance to celebrate, Jenkins slapped the ball out of his hands and a bit of shoving came afterwards. But he wasn’t done because later Meachem would score on another touchdown reception but this time with less drama afterwards.
With his lack of production up to that point, Meachem had hoped for a good game especially against the team that had failed to retain him during free agency.
Meachem did say earlier this week that the Saints did make him an offer to stay, but with more money and a featured role in the offense being offered by the Chargers, he said he had to make a difficult “business” decision.
Yet Meachem knew that coming in he would get no quarter from his old team. Safety Roman Harper said after the game that no matter who it was that you aren’t going to celebrate in the endzone.
Harper also told the Times-Picayune that he mentioned to Meachem:
“I know you’ve got a bad toe, but I’ll step on it if I have to.”
Although Meachem did have a good outing against the Saints, his former team held strong into the fourth quarter as the Chargers attempted to send the game into overtime.
A fumble by Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers recovered by the defensive end Martez Wilson with 19 seconds left soured the homecoming as the Saints won 31-24.