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Interesting Stat on San Diego Chargers WR Robert Meachem


ESPN Fanasy Football Guru Matthew Berry, also known as the Talented Mr. Roto, dropped a very interesting stat on San Diego Chargers WR Robert Meachem. Check out what he said in his latest Lave/Hate article for week 1:

Robert Meachem, Saints: Among my favorite stats that I never got to use that much in the preseason was this one: Last year, Robert Meachem had two red zone targets. Two. Think about that: The Saints had 94 red zone targets last season. They threw for over 5,300 yards, had 46 touchdowns, and Robert Meachem had two red zone targets. Among other Saints with two red zone targets? Jed Collins and John Gilmore. Yes, they spread it around, yes, there’s a lot of talent on the Saints, but you’re telling me if Meachem was open he wasn’t getting the ball thrown his way? At least more than twice? Maybe Drew Brees hated him. Maybe there were just too many hands and only the one ball. Or maybe, just maybe, Robert Meachem isn’t very good. Which gets my vote until proven otherwise. – Matthew Berrry

Forget the part where Berry listed Meachem as a New Orleans Saint and look at the stat of TWO red zone targets with the New Orleans Saints!! JUST TWO! He wasn’t the main target in New Orleans and Drew Brees looked Jimmy Graham’s way in the red zone, but only TWO red zone targets seems ridiculously low.

Meachem is going to be the deep threat in our offense and his scores will come on 50 yard bombs that Philip Rivers doesn’t under throw. With Meachem’s poor preseason, we have to wonder if he just isn’t very good.

In the red zone, we have targets that we can use. Antonio Gates will always be a big red zone threat and Malcom Floyd is another big target that can be used. Ryan Mathews and LeRon McClain will be threats out of the backfield also. Meachem may not be much of a threat in the red zone, but he better be a threat deep down the field.

What do you think of that Robert Meachem stat?

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  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    Anyone have #’s for Vjax in Redzone? Seems to me he was never targeted much either, i might be wrong but i’m having trouble recalling times Vjax was targeted in the redzone. Anyways it there is one things Norv can do its find ways to put points up on the board, This offence will score points. Meach’s TDs will probably come from further then 20 yrds out

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Do not panic. He is good. I’m looking at his stats on NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/player/robertmeachem/2495676/careerstats) – he averaged almost 40 receptions over the last four years and 16 TD’s for 3 of them. I would take 16 TD’s. Only 6 in 2012, but I would take 6. Maybe he was upset about the bounty thing or maybe he was on the outs with Brees. Who cares, he is a Charger now and he is gonna get TD’s dammit. Whooo, I’m gonna breathe now. I have no idea what this guy is talking about.

  • davacho

    i think you have to ask what kind of packages they used in the redzone? 2 tight end sets, thomas and sprolesy, colston and moore in the slot? here’s some interesting stats (t=targets & r=receptions):

    vj t: 115, r: 60, caught 52% of what we threw at him as our primary receiver
    floyd t: 70, r: 43, caught 61% of what we threw at him
    meach t: 61, r: 40, caught 66% of what brees threw at him

    throw in the fact that meach was top 10 in the league last year (40 reception min) YPC avg and 1st down catches- with zero fumbles.

    my opinion is that he was in a crowded pool of talented receivers (sproles led all backs in receptions)… he is a role player and should fit in nicely for our bolts.

    FU matt berry. : )

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Hahahahahaha.. nice stats

    • Kenny

      Its alot easier to put up higher percentage numbers when you are not the WR1. (This is evident by your stats, VJ WR1 was lower% than M80 WR2 who was lower% than Meachem who was so deep in the Saints charts there is no designation.) WR1 typically get the better cover man put on him with help over the top, being double covered will lower any WR percentage. I dont see Meachem putting up great numbers as a WR2, or WR1 when M80 in injured. You cant replace a tier one talent, like VJ, with the significantly lesser talent and physical stature of Meachem, and expect better results. Disclaimer, I never bought into the new recieving corps as much as most Charger fans.

      • davacho

        totally understand the coverage and depth chart designation point, however, it’s worth noting that colston had 107 targets and 80 receptions (for a whopping 75%!) colston better than vj? colston getting less coverage? brees better qb? the variables are many.

        my statsy-post was a specific response to matt berry’s statsy-post and comment that statistically meach may just not be very good.
        while i also agree that vj was (is?) a tier 1 talent (qb makes a difference although don’t tell that to larry fitzgerald)- i think it’s important to consider opportunity and desire… crammed in a talented wr pool no longer- meach will be looking to emerge (i love the human-spirit side of footbal). remember, no one is a tier 1 talent until they’re a tier 1 talent (see: victor cruz)
        so, i agree and don’t think meach replaces vj and that statistical results will most likely be less. But as i said originally, meach is a role player on our team… we’ll have to tweak offense accordingly. : )

  • Who Dat

    I’m a saints fan. Don’t care much about the chargers. I found this article and thought I should post my opinion about meachem.

    He’s a solid receiver with burner speed. He’s reliable with great hands and awareness. He’s also a pretty decent in the run game. He was utilized primarily in 4 receiver sets because he’s always been the Saints #4 receiver. Some plays were designed with him lining up X or Y but those plays usually had him running vertical to blow the top off the defense.

    Meachem stepped up big time when we lost Colston, Moore, and Henderson for periods of time. He’s made some real heads up plays that were amazing. Once against Washington, Brees threw a pick and Meachem doubled back, stripped the ball from the defender, and then ran into the endzone for a touchdown.

    I’m interested to see how Meachem does playing for the Bolts. Saints fans generally thought meachem was a waste of a first round pick. Mostly because of his injury history where he missed his senior year and showed up to Saints camp with one good knee. But over time he became a reliable target and someone Saints fans didn’t want to lose. Myself included.

    So, is he a good receiver? I think so. Is he worthy of his contract and is he was the Chargers hope he is? He’s no Andre Johnson or Calvin Johnson but he’s had a pretty solid career so far. At very least I think he’ll be solid. If he stays healthy.

    • BruisingChargers

      Appreciate the honest anaylisis of him. Good luck with rest of your season. Still Early……………

  • http://twitter.com/BoogaP #TheBoltFather

    Too many different variables to use that stat to determine whether or not Meachem is a good receiver. The games I’ve seen him play in and the plays I’ve seen in highlights would suggest he’s good. Is he going to be a good WR for the Chargers? I think so, but we’ll see.

  • John De Angelis

    I,m not surprised, I haven’t been much impressed by him so far.