New Orleans Saints’ Robert Meachem Enjoys Life in the Fast Lane

June 12, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Hell and back may be the best way to describe first-round wide receiver Robert Meachem's rookie year with the Saints. The former Tennessee Volunteer reported to camp out of shape, tweaked his ankle and everything went downhill from there.
Lingering knee problems rendered Meachem inactive for all 16 games and he earned the ignominious distinction as the only top-round selection to not see the field in 2007.
Critics believed they detected a bust, with one pointing to a 2006 study that said 37 out of 45 receivers who were drafted in the first round over a 10-year period flopped. Fans wondered why Meachem would be an exception. After all, the Saints had a history of grabbing early round receivers who were letdowns. Larry Burton, Lindsay Scott, Wesley Carroll and Lonzell "Mo" Hill come to mind.
However, Meachem's detractors didn't know about his excellent work ethic.
Of his own volition, Meachem approached veteran teammate David Patten and asked him to be his men...

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