Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) celebrates a touchdown catch against the Arizona Cardinals during a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Saints training camp is upon us and its time to take a look at which New Orleans Saints will be in serious competition for a roster spot on the team. One of those players is veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem.
The former first round selection out of Tennessee was drafted by the Saints to stretch the field vertically and challenge opposing safeties. In his five years with the Saints, he averaged 560 yards per year and five touchdowns.
Meachem had top end speed and pretty good hands to match. He never had a 1,000 yard season in his time in the NFL and he is approaching 30 years old in about a year.
Following a rough stint in San Diego and last year’s unimpressive season, his role in the offense seems to be diminishing. He had even less targets last year than he did when he was with the Chargers. He will be competing against an eager Nick Toon looking to prove himself worthy of a roster spot.
Meachem’s greatest threat is fellow teammate Joseph Morgan, who has the speed to stretch the field and the big play-making ability that Meachem once had in his early days with the Saints.
The Saints regularly keep five receivers on the roster and four wide receivers activated on game day and Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, and Brandin Cooks are locks to make the final roster barring unforeseen injury. Meachem’s edge to winning out is his good blocking ability and thorough knowledge of the Saints offensive scheme.
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