August 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Greg Camarillo (17) during the second half of a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Texans 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The New Orleans Saints encountered a rare problem with their offense this past Sunday and were inconsistent against the Washington Redskins. They really missed veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem, so they decided to bring in another veteran to help.
Wide receiver Greg Camarillo was signed today by the Saints after also adding Adrian Arrington back to their receiver corps just yesterday. Camarillo isn’t a stranger really since he spent the last part of the preseason with the Saints before being released during roster cuts.
The veteran receiver joined the Saints after Arrington wasn’t seen to be making a full recovery from his knee surgery and receiver Andy Tanner went down with an ankle injury.
Camarillo got a good reference from quarterback Drew Brees after the two worked out together in San Diego during the offseason. He can help provide the Saints with some experience at the position and Brees feels very confident with him.
During the Redskins game, Brees and all the receivers never seemed to be on the same page and it lead to several miscues and uncharacteristic dropped passes from players like Marques Colston.
Meachem left during free agency for the San Diego Chargers for a bigger contract and showed his skills in their victory Monday night over the Oakland Raiders. He was the usual speedy, down-field threat that Brees used to rely on to get behind the secondary which was greatly needed Sunday.
Wide receiver Devery Henderson went out with a possible concussion Sunday and his return status is unknown, hence the other reason for Camarillo’s signing. In a bit of irony, Camarillo wore #17 in preseason and will likely wear it again.
The irony being that #17 was the number once wore by Meachem. The hope the Saints have is that Camarillo can bring the same results that Meachem had when he wore it.