The New Orleans Saints are hoping for a big year for their number one pick, wide out Robert Meachem from Tennessee, but now tensions are high with the development that Meachem will have his right knee examined. The 27th pick in the draft missed practices on Sunday and Monday, and head coach Sean Payton stated that the exam will look at a possible problem with his medial meniscus.
The team also stated that they knew about a possible minor meniscus problem before they drafted him in late April. As for how much of a problem this will be, the exam should be able to shead some light on the issue. “It started to get to the point where it was hampering him [Sunday afternoon] running,” Payton said. “We backed him off yesterday and the same way this morning.”
Meachem sat out Sunday afternoon with a white bandage wrapped around the lower part of his right leg. He took the brunt of Payton’s wrath recently for missing part of minicamp with a sprained left ankle Payton stated his newest wide out was out of shape. Meachem was able to participate in four of the five minicamp practices.
QB Drew Brees, knowing that the team needs more downfield threats to help take the place of of losing Joe Horn and to take pressure off of second-year wide out Marques Colston, likes what he has seen of Meachem. “I like him,” Brees said. “I think he’s been real hampered by his ankle and that sort of thing, but I think he’s got a lot of talent. I really like the way he catches the ball. He attacks it, and I think he’s going to be a big run-after-catch kind of guy. He’s going to be big and physical, kind of hard to bring down, kind of like a (Marques) Colston. So I think he’ll add a nice dimension to our offense.”