New Orleans Saints 2009 Break Out Player

Alex RodriguezCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints grabs a warm up pass before play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In 2008 the New Orleans Saints had the No. 1 offense, but there was one player who completely underachieved for the Saints in 08—that player is wide receiver Robert Meachem.  Robert Meachem can not be happy about his performance in 2008 and should be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

The first round pick of the 2007 draft missed the 2007 season due to injuries. I honestly considered Meachem the next big threat on for the Saints offense. When Marques Colston got injured in 2008, I thought this would be the moment that second year player Meachem would come onto the scene and become the Saints next explosive receiver. He did the complete opposite of that.

In 2008, the one play that  is stuck in my head from Robert Meachem would be the dropped pass against the Vikings. The dropped pass was on third down and Meachem wasn't even hit—he just straight up dropped it which resulted in the Saints having to attempt a field goal.

All around Meachem under achieved in 2008, but he does have the speed to be a dominate receiver for the Saints in 2009. Meachem pulled in 12 receptions 289 yards with a 24.1 average and 3 touchdowns. Meachem also has one rush attempt for 20 yards and a touchdown.

That  yard per reception average shows that Meachem has the speed, but can he be consistent enough to become a No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver? Meachem will be battling for the third and fourth receiver spot with receivers Devery Henderson and Adrian Arrington in 2009. I truly believe that Meachem is the break out player for the Saints in 2009.