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Will the Chargers release Robert Meachem?

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With the first round of cuts due by Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PT, the question looming in San Diego is will Robert Meachem be cut?  He has fallen so far from grace people have forgotten he was once a first-round talent.  Now there are legitimate questions of whether or not he can make an NFL roster.

Although things look bleak for Meachem because of his performance this preseason, the injury bug has struck again and helped his chances of staying on the squad.  Little known receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, jumped Meachem on the depth chart but was injured with a hip pointer in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.  Add him to the list that already includes Malcom Floyd.  The team is paper thin at receiver and that is good news for Meachem.    

One does have to wonder, does Philip Rivers have any faith in Meachem at this point?  All of last season, he looked lost in the team’s offense. It got so bad that the coaches just stopped putting him out there, and thus far, he has not done enough to change that. With one preseason game left and the starters not expected to play much, his fate could be already decided.  Teams usually have a good idea of how they want to construct their roster. 

Regardless if he is cut or not the Chargers are going to have to make a move at receiver.  If they plan on competing in the AFC West, Rivers is going to need targets on the outside to throw to.  Antonio Gates cannot be the lone passing threat on the team.    General manager Tom Telesco is going to have to begin to show how savvy he is early on. Navigating the waiver wire for a player who can help your team is difficult, but the best executives seem to find diamonds in the rough more often than not. 

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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