According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson (via Twitter):
“Breaking: Former #Charger WR Robert Meachem on verge of signing with #Saints.”
Meachem spent one season in San Diego after calling New Orleans home for his first four seasons. He had between 40 and 45 receptions (on between 61 and 66 targets) from 2009 to 2011. His career yards/reception is 16.0 and he has scored 25 TD.
Meachem was underwhelming in his lone season in San Diego, with 14 catches for 207 yards and 2 TD.
It will be interesting to see how he fits into the Saints this time around, but he certainly provides veteran depth as Kenny Stills and Nick Toon adjust to the NFL game. While he may open the season as the team’s third receiver, it’s more likely that he cedes targets to the younger receivers as the season progresses (most likely Stills, who had 9 catches for 170 yards and 2 TD this preseason).
As it is, we’ve discussed Stills (click here for the article) and reached the conclusion that he was not a viable option in redraft formats due to depth chart concerns and the inconsistency of being the Saints’ third wide receiver. Now with another option in the mix? It’s a long-shot that Meachem, Stills or Toon provide consistent production in 2013. While a big day or two is possible, it’s not enough to trust them outside of the deepest of formats.
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