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Is Robert Meachem vital for the Chargers’ success?

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In sports things can change in what seems like an instant. A week ago, Kevin Acee of the  U-T San Diego was saying things were so bad, that Robert Meachem must be cut no matter the cost. Now, it looks as if Meachem may end up on the team by default.

In the San Diego Chargers’ preseason loss to the Chicago Bears, Meachem had one reception for 40 yards. However, he was playing with the third team offense. He appeared to be on his way out the door.

That all was before receiver Eddie Royal bruised his lung in practice on Saturday. Add that to the fact that Malcolm Floyd strained his right knee last week, Danario Alexander tore his ACL, and Meachem may stay just because the Bolts are running out of bodies.

Before coming to San Diego, Meachem was making explosive plays with the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees. The Chargers were hoping they were getting at least a No. 2 receiver to soften the blow of losing Vincent Jackson. Meachem and quarterback Philip Rivers have not been on the same page as of yet, but now they may have to figure something out and make it work. 

The problem for the Chargers is there are not many options on the free agent market. The list starts with the usual suspects, Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson. Both may still have something in the tank, but they are so toxic, no team is willing to touch them. Brandon Lloyd is available, but people wonder whether or not he still has the speed to separate on deep routes.

After that, the only thing left are players who were marginal talents to begin with. Players like Early Doucet, who was signed by the Seattle Seahawks and promptly cut after one practice. Laurent Robinson had one big season with the Dallas Cowboys, but was cut after a lone season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Luckily for the Chargers and Meachem, Ken Wisenhunt is the team’s new offensive coordinator. Wisenhunt coached Antwaan Randle El to his best years. He coached Steve Breaston to his best season and he got Doucet to have his most productive season. Meachem is naturally more
talented than the aforementioned players.

Hopefully, Wisenhunt can get him back on track and he can contribute where the Bolts sorely need him. 

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports

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Keenan Actkins

Keenan Actkins is an Arizona resident living in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He brings a wealth of sports knowledge and passion to the team with his unique insight and strong voice and opinion. He also contributes to Yahoo! Voices and has written for WoodyPaige.com.

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