Much has been made about the San Diego Chargers going up against two of their former players in Drew Brees and Darren Sproles on Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. Very few have mentioned the other side of the field where the Bolts also have a player of their own looking to show his old squad what they are missing.
Wide receiver Robert Meachem signed with San Diego this offseason and this weekend will be his first opportunity to play against his former mates.
While the Chargers are far enough removed from both Sproles and Brees that neither player has any real information to provide on their former team, Meachem is not. He acknowledges that the familiarity factor works both ways however, as when asked about whether or not he thinks he has an advantage this Sunday, he said: “Somewhat yes and somewhat no. They also know all of my tendencies.”
The production that the Bolts signed Meachem to replace was that of former wideout Vincent Jackson who inked a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason. To this point though, Meachem has struggled with just six catches for 92 yards and he has yet to find the end zone as a Charger. Perhaps he can find his groove along with the rest of the Bolts offense against the Saints porous pass defense.
Clearly returning to the place where Meachem played his entire NFL career until this season and won a Super Bowl is going to be a tough experience. He said: “It’s going to be emotional. I know a lot of the people who work there and I have been around a lot of the guys.” Hopefully that emotion will drive Meachem to a breakout game and boost his production.
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