During Wednesday afternoon’s press conference, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced several roster moves, including the addition of Robert Meachem. The veteran wideout was one of the odd men out when the Black and Gold released their 53-man roster on Saturday, but the placement of rookie OLB Khairi Fortt on injured reserve resulted in the return of number 17.
Honestly, I was a bit surprised when the Saints released Meachem over the weekend. I understand the reasoning behind it — Nick Toon has much bigger upside as an NFL receiver and the team wanted to stack up at other positions. However, Robert’s veteran leadership, experience and knowledge of the playbook could really assist in molding the younger players in 2014.
Meachem has never lived up to his first-round hype after being selected by New Orleans out of Tennessee with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, but when on the field, you could usually count him as reliable.
During his seven-year career, which included a 2012 stint with the San Diego Chargers, he has accumulated 171 receptions for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns. The numbers are nothing to brag about, but Meachem has always been a big part of the Who Dat Nation, especially during the Saints’ Super Bowl run in 2009.
Of course, he will likely stay sixth on the depth chart behind Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks, Joe Morgan and Nick Toon, but his presence will certainly keep the fans happy. Even though it was just a few short days, it’s good to have Robert Meachem back in black and gold.