The New Orleans Saints surprised many around the NFL with the announcement Monday that they are releasing wide receiver Cameron Meredith.
Coach Sean Payton confirms the release of WR Cameron Meredith, said team doesn’t regret signing him.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) July 29, 2019
As so often happens when a talented player unexpectedly becomes a free agent, we now have to ask: Should the New York Giants bring Meredith in for a look?
Meredith came in to the NFL as undrafted free agent signed by the Chicago Bears out of Illinois State in 2015. Though he didn’t set the League on fire as a rookie, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver showed off “NFL” ability in limited opportunities, catching 11 of 16 targets for 120 yards. He exploded his second season, starting 10 games, catching 66 passes for 888 yards (13.5 per catch) and four touchdowns. That’s a good season, but considering Chicago’s starting quarterbacks that year were Jay Cutler, Bryan Hoyer, and Matt Barkley (starting 5, 5, and 6 games, respectively), Meredith’s season is all the more impressive.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t follow up on his breakout season after tearing his ACL in the Bears’ third preseason game.
The New Orleans Saints signed Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million offer sheet, which Chicago declined to match. He only caught nine passes on 10 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown in six games for the Saints, and once again had his season ended prematurely by a knee injury.
So then, should the Giants take a look at Meredith?
Raptor’s Thoughts: Nobody was really expecting Meredith to be available at this point, so teams might be a bit surprised. At this point, after having two seasons cut short by knee surgeries, Meredith certainly presents a risk to whatever team signs him. However, there is no harm in bringing him in for a physical and a workout. If he passes and performs well, the Giants have to at least consider making an offer. It would likely be a (very) team-friendly offer, but if we are being completely honest, the Giants’ receivers weren’t scaring many secondaries before the injury to Corey Coleman and the suspension for Golden Tate (assuming it’s upheld). They might have been able to sneak up on defenses that completely disrespected them, but they weren’t going to keep defensive coordinators up at night. After the first week of training camp, the Giants need to cast their net wide to find any improvement they can.
And if Meredith can’t pass the physical or play at a high level? At least the Giants will have done their due diligence.