The San Diego Chargers signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem to a four year deal worth $25.9 million on March 13, 2012. Meachem’s average salary of about $6.5 million ranks fourth on San Diego’s roster.
In three games this season, Meachem has six receptions, 92 yards and no touchdowns. In a week two victory against the Tennessee Titans, Meachem did not catch a pass.
When San Diego lost Vincent Jackson in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a big blow. Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards in 2008 and led them in receiving yards and TD receptions during the 2009 and 2011 NFL seasons.
San Diego had a 32-20 record with Jackson from 2008-2011 while they were 6-6 without him during this time. Jackson missed 11 games during the 2010 season when Legedu Naanee was his primary replacement.
Naanee had 23 receptions, 371 yards and one touchdown in 10 games while he was on pace for 37 receptions, 594 yards and two TD receptions in 16 games. Meachem is on pace for 32 receptions, 491 yards and no touchdowns.
Meachem’s best season was in 2009 when he had 45 receptions, 722 yards and nine TD receptions.
I did not expect Meachem to replace Jackson by himself because Jackson had 68 receptions, 1,167 yards and nine TD receptions in 2009 while he had 60 receptions, 1,106 yards and nine TD receptions in 2011.
I had expectations that Meachem would be better than he has been thus far through three games which is not a lot compared to other sports, but it is almost a fourth of the NFL regular season.
Meachem had knee surgery during the off-season, so this could have an effect on his play, but San Diego needs to see improvements from him sooner rather than later.