New Orleans Saints: Robert Meachem Will Need to Work His Way Into the Rotation
When the New Orleans Saints signed wide receiver Robert Meachem, they bolstered their already deep wide receiver corps. Meachem returns to the Saints after a one-year stint with the San Diego Chargers which was not very impressive. Now that Meachem is back with the Saints, the offense should be even stronger as he is very familiar with the playbook and Drew Brees.
There is no doubt that Meachem is a talented receiver and fits in perfectly with the Saints. However, Meachem will not simply come in and be one of the top-four wide receivers for the Saints again — it must be earned. Right now, Meachem’s role is unclear and he will need to work his way into the rotation. The Saints are set with Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Nick Toon and rookie Kenny Stills as their top-four wide receivers, so Meachem might not see the field right away.
When Meachem was with the Saints, he was a reliable receiver and a very good deep threat. I am sure he will see the field in situational long throws or maybe even some screen passes. In his last season with the Saints, Meachem caught 40 receptions for 620 yards and one touchdown. There is no way that Meachem will put up those kinds of numbers this season, but now the Saints are incredibly deep at wideout.
With Meachem in the mix, the Saints might have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL, not to mention the Saints also have Andy Tanner to round out their receiving unit. Meachem will get some playing time, but he will have to work with it and his role will be smaller than it was the last time he was with the Saints.