IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Meredith, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, will undergo arthroscopic procedure to clean address the persistent swelling he has endured in his surgically repaired left knee, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints are optimistic the cleanup surgery will provide a permanent fix for the swelling Meredith has experienced in the same knee he tore during the 2017 preseason. That injury forced him to miss all of last season, with Meredith ultimately landing with the Saints after the Bears declined to match the two-year, $9.6 million deal New Orleans offered. While the first year of that deal proved to be a bust, the Saints are hopeful a healthy Meredith can serve as a quality complement to No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas in 2019. As for the remainder of this season, the Saints will turn to the newly signed Dez Bryant along with rookie Tre'Quan Smith and slot man Austin Carr to offer depth behind Thomas in the receiver ranks. Ted Ginn (knee) is also a candidate to return from IR later in the season to provide additional relief.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Meredith will be placed on injured reserve by the Saints and will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meredith missed the entire 2017 season after tearing both his ACL and MCL in the preseason, and was inactive for the first two games of 2018, seemingly due to lingering effects. He had also been an afterthought in the offense of late, going without a catch (and under 20 snaps) in three consecutive games. Now there is a second narrative behind his lower usage, as well as additional context behind Wednesday's signing of free agent receiver Dez Bryant. Meredith is expected to recover in full, and should be available for the second year of his contract in 2019.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Meredith (knee) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meredith has been target-free for three consecutive games, averaging just 13.3 offensive snaps weekly during that stretch. With the addition of Dez Bryant on Wednesday, Meredith is a candidate to fall further in the pecking order at receiver within an offense that revolves around Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Before he can figure out his new standing, though, Meredith will have to prove the health of his left knee.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Meredith was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

This was the third week in a row that Meredith did not receive even a single target and he played just 13 of the Saints' 71 offensive snaps. With Tre'Quan Smith locked in as the team's No. 2 receiver and even Austin Carr (15 snaps) seeing more playing time than him, Meredith can probably be dropped in most formats.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Meredith (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

In three opportunities to take advantage of Ted Ginn's (knee) placement on IR, Meredith has struck just one time (five catches for 71 yards Week 5 against the Redskins). Since the Saints returned from an ensuing bye, Meredith has been blanked in back-to-back games, going without a target both times. It's difficult to forecast much in the passing attack beyond No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas (shoulder) and the backfield duo of Alvin Kamara (illness) and Mark Ingram. Therefore, Meredith's viability is hanging by a thread as he continues to make regular appearances on the injury report.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
1 month ago

Meredith (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Meredith has failed to capitalize on Ted Ginn's IR stint, essentially splitting the No. 3 receiver job with slot specialist Austin Carr. There's some hope for increased involvement if the condition of his knee improves, but we can't expect much of a workload Sunday against the Rams.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
2 months ago

Meredith was not targeted in Sunday night's win against the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Meredith played just nine of the Saints' 53 offensive snaps, being outpaced by Michael Thomas (51 snaps), Tre'Quan Smith (41 snaps) and even Austin Carr (19 snaps). Despite Ted Ginn (knee) being placed on Injured Reserve, Meredith has actually seen his playing time reduced the last couple weeks. It's possible that Meredith is still not fully recovered from last year's season-ending knee injury, but whatever the reason, the popular sleeper pick looks nothing like the fantasy contributor many had hoped he would be this preseason. Until his playing time starts to increase, Meredith should be nowhere near fantasy starting lineups.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
2 months ago

Meredith (knee) practiced in full Thursday, the Saints' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meredith is following the precise practice regimen from last week, so there's little worry about his ability to suit up Sunday night at Minnesota. In the four games in which he's played this season, he's logged 36.4 percent (104 of 286) of the Saints' offensive snaps. In the team's first game without Ted Ginn (knee) this past Sunday in Baltimore, Meredith wasn't targeted while taking the field for 18 of 71 such snaps, which was well behind Michael Thomas (65) and Tre'Quan Smith (52). That said, Meredith is part of a prolific offense, meaning he should make contributions most weeks.

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
2 months ago

Meredith (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Meredith was trending up after a five-catch, 71-yard performance Week 5 against the Redskins, but he emerged from the Saints' Week 6 bye with a knee injury. He followed up a limited session last Wednesday with back-to-back full practices, only to handle a season-low 18 snaps on offense Sunday. The usage was somewhat unexpected in the wake of Ted Ginn (knee) landing on IR, but Meredith ranked a distance third to Michael Thomas (65) and Tre'Quan Smith (52). If he rids himself of injury by the end of the week, Meredith will look to bounce back Sunday against the Vikings' 16th-ranked pass defense (256.1 yards per game).

IRCameron Meredith
WR NO (6)
2 months ago

Meredith was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

A week after his best performance in a Saints uniform, Meredith surprisingly played just 18 of the team's 71 offense snaps in Baltimore. Meredith's low snap count becomes even more troubling when considering that Ted Ginn (knee) was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week. Meanwhile, rookie Tre'Quan Smith played 52 offensive snaps, catching three passes for 44 yards. Given his upside on the Saints' high-powered offense, owners in deeper leagues may want to hang onto Meredith to see if he playing time bounces back in Week 8 against the Vikings, but the offseason sleeper probably cannot be trusted as a starting option until he shows more consistency.