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Meachem looks new and improved
Posted Jun. 28 at 07:40 AM
There have been a few stories in the offseason about Robert Meachem supposedly being new and improved this season. He’s the wide receiver the Saints selected in the first round last year, only to not even appear in a single game – he showed up overweight to his first offseason camps, underwent knee surgery and never really caught up.
Now the question is whether he can figure out things and carve out a significant role in New Orleans’ offense. The stakes are high: The Saints have averaged 15 more passing yards than any other team over the last two years.
The News-Star of Monroe is the latest Louisiana newspaper to print a pro-Meachem appear.
“One of the most encouraging signs of the New Orleans Saints' recently-concluded offseason workouts was the play of second-year wide receiver Robert Meachem,” the paper writes.
The article, however, stops short of speculating that Meachem will be a starter. It envisions him competing with Devery Henderson and Lance Moore for the No. 3 job, behind Marques Colston and David Patten. That’s progress, but there’s a big different between being a starter (possible 1,000-yard guy) and being a No. 3, where his top-end upside would probably be 600 yards and 5 TDs.
We’ll see how Meachem looks in the early preseason games. For now, my guess is that he’ll be selected a little too early in fantasy drafts. There are other late-round possibilities I like a little bit more.
This Meachem article can be seen at thenewsstar.com.
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