New Orleans Saints' Wide-Receiver Battle Is Heating Up
It seems as if Devery Henderson is not going to give up so easily. Early training-camp reports had Robert Meachem as the guy to watch and possibly have a chance at taking the No. 2 wideout spot. After a great first preseason game, those reports seemed to be right on track.
As of this last week, Henderson has been taking the bulk of snaps with the first team, along with Colston, and Coach Payton stated that Henderson is fighting for playing time, while the others— Moore and Meachem—are fighting for snaps.
He also said that Meachem has improved, but still has a ways to go, noting that it's his efficiency level that is still in question.
Wow, talk about a letdown. I cannot believe that with all the work Meachem put in this offseason, and the performance he gave in the first game, he would have slid down in the depth chart. Has Henderson, even after battling with a hamstring injury earlier in camp, improved that much?
You can bet the last two games are going to be important to those receivers and mistakes will be costly. On the defensive side of the ball, first-year guy Orien Harris is taking advantage of injuries and using the extra playing time to open the eyes of the coaches. He has recorded 11 tackles and one sack so far and looks to have a roster spot secured.
Having a guy that was just a camp body step up at a time like this is actually quite important for the Saints. Injuries have hit them hard in the trenches, with Hollis Thomas out for at least two months, and Brian Young's lingering knee/foot injury bothering him so far in camp.
Let me know your thoughts on the WR battle.
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