September 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) catches a pass during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
To say that his 2012 stat line with the Chargers is underwhelming would be quite an understatement. Robert Meachem, former Saints’ first round draft choice, has not yet lived up to the expectations that his newly inked deal would lead one to believe is sufficient.
Through four games, Meachem has only accumulated a meager six receptions for 92 yards and no touchdowns. The fact that 46 of those yards came on one play make his numbers that much more disheartening.
I had thoughts that he would have trouble averaging under 92 yards receiving a game for what would be the entirety of the season.
Ah yes, what is it they say about visions of grandeur?
To his credit, half of his receptions have been for first downs. Meaning he has had 3 catches for first downs in four games. I apologize for writing as though you hadn’t already done the math. I should have understood that to have been a point of mutual understanding.
All of that being said, it has become evident that Chargers’ fans have now placed Meachem under the microscope; myself included.
Despite Rivers being under an immense amount of pressure at times, I envisioned a completely different connection between Philip and Robert by the conclusion of week four of the regular season.
Now that Jared Gaither is back, we can hopefully expect that Rivers will be under a considerably less amount of pressure than in past weeks.
Although it’s clear that Gaither needs some gameday conditioning, he looked good against Kansas City. He seemed to stay strong until the second half. During the second half it became obvious that Gaither was under-conditioned due to back spasms that had kept him out for almost three months.
What does Gaither being “back” have to do with Meachem under-performing? Philip Rivers should have that much more time to ensure that he doesn’t under throw our man, number 12, on another one of those nine routes.
Rivers has done so on three of such attempts or perhaps I wouldn’t be under selling Meachem’s potential.
It might be easy to assume that Meachem would have a 100 yard game, with a touchdown, against his former team. So, in that case, I set the over/under at 100 yds and one touchdown for the game.
The question remains……. are you taking the over? Or are you taking the under?
Without me voicing my opinion, please re-read the article and tell me why you believe I am leaning one way or the other.
Thanks a lot for reading.