Meachem starting to round into shape Sunday, May 25, 2008 Mike Triplett
After watching one practice in 2008, it's evident that the Saints' receivers will be among the most compelling position groups to follow this offseason.
Second-year pro Robert Meachem looks healthy and confident after limping through many practices last summer and fall. You can see the combination of size and speed that made him a first-round pick in 2007, and he reeled in at least one difficult catch that made an impression.
If Meachem lives up to his potential, he'll not only push Devery Henderson for the No. 3 receiver job, but he could eventually supplant his mentor, veteran David Patten, in the starting lineup. That's a long way off, though, as Meachem still needs to prove he can live through the growing pains in his first true NFL season.
Even more eye-catching during Wednesday's organized team activities was seventh-round draft pick Adrian Arrington. Though it's far too early to tell if he'll be able to grasp the Saints' offense and perform with any consistency, he certainly passes the eyeball test.
I was pretty disappointed when the Lions drafted a WR in rnd 5 and passed on Arrington in 6 0r 7. He looked like he has potential to be a playmaker but was overshadowed by Manningham. Not by the skill of Manningham, but by the name. If Manningham hadn't have been the WR dejour for the Woverines I think that Arrington would have been a first day draft pick.
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No worries: Colston, Evans deals to come Sunday, July 06, 2008 Mike Triplett
With less than three weeks remaining before the start of training camp, no new contract extensions appear imminent for Saints receiver Marques Colston or guard Jahri Evans.
The team has had preliminary discussions with agents for the players, both of whom are set to become restricted free agents after this season. But unless things heat up in a hurry, I don't expect anything to get done this month.
Don't panic, though, Saints fans. I'll be shocked if they don't work out deals with both players at some point, this year or next.
True, the NFL is a business, and great players become financial casualties all the time. But this team has an excellent track record of identifying and rewarding its most valuable players -- and Colston and Evans certainly qualify.
Meachem ready to break out By SHELDON MICKLES Advocate sportswriter Published: Aug 6, 2008 - Page: 1C - UPDATED: 12:05 a.m.
JACKSON, Miss. — If you knew New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem, you would know he’s a man of very few words.
But if the second-year pro helps the Saints make it back to the playoffs this year, the few words he said to teammate David Patten at the end of the 2007 season will speak volumes.
Meachem, a first-round draft pick, struggled with knee and ankle injuries in his first training camp. Patten said Meachem also developed giant blisters on his big toes and, as a result, was inactive for all 16 regular-season games.
A rangy and speedy receiver from the University of Tennessee, he continued to struggle when training camp and the preseason ended — running with a noticeable limp in practice until midseason.
So when Meachem approached Patten and asked him about becoming his workout partner in the offseason, Patten listened before the 12-year NFL veteran laid out the ground rules.
We should see some of the Saints' WR camp battles play out tomorrow night. I heard Lance Moore and David Patten might open as the starters, with Meachem and Arrington getting plenty of PT. Skyler Green has been impressive in camp but might be the odd man out, and of course Sean Payton loves Terrance Copper for his special teams' play.
Most of these guys have something for which to fight, so it should be fun to watch.
This will be Meachem's job and he'll take it and never look back. This guy has bonafide superstar written all over him. Trade for him now in all keeper leagues and definitely draft him with a late round pick in your redrafts.
jbfflbeast wrote:This will be Meachem's job and he'll take it and never look back. This guy has bonafide superstar written all over him. Trade for him now in all keeper leagues and definitely draft him with a late round pick in your redrafts.
I have a feeling he'll just end up with less than 4 TD's.....
Shockey, Bush, Colston , and mayb Patten will still TD