|Team:||Free Agent None|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 200 lb.|
|Born:||September 21, 1992|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
The Patriots cut Meredith (knee) from the PUP list Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Meredith was initially slated to miss six weeks with this knee injury, but he hasn't progressed in recovery like the Patriots hoped. The 27-year-old wideout only played in six games over the last two seasons, recording nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown, so he doesn't appear to hold enough upside to justify another team picking him up until he's fully healthy.
The Patriots placed Meredith (undisclosed) on their regular season PUP list Saturday.
Analysis: Meredith had yet to suit up in any practices or games during training camp, as he works back from an undisclosed injury. With his placement, the veteran will now have to sit out the first six weeks of the regular season before he can be eligible to return. Now that he's sidelined, Phillip Dorsett and rookie N'Keal Harry will be first in line for depth receiving duties.
The Patriots placed Meredith (undisclosed) on the PUP list Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Meredith has been a shell of himself since sustaining a devastating left knee injury in August 2017, being reduced to just six appearances in his sole season with New Orleans last year. After he was limited in the Saints' offseason program this spring, he was eventually cut loose early in training camp. With the Pats, Meredith joins a receiving corps without much set in stone behind Julian Edelman (thumb) and 2019 first-round pick N'Keal Harry. Beyond that duo, the healthy options are Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman and Braxton Berrios. Meredith will be delayed in on-field work while he works his way through an undisclosed injury.
The Patriots will sign Meredith, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Apart from Julian Edelman (thumb) and first-rounder N'Keal Harry, the Patriots' wideout depth chart is fluid, so Meredith will now have a chance to battle for slotting with the likes of Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Dontrelle Inman and Braxton Berrios. His two-year stint with the Saints was marred by injury, but prior to tearing his left ACL back in August of 2017, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Meredith displayed promise with the Bears during the 2016 season, hauling in 66 catches for 888 yards and four TDs in 14 games.
Meredith had a recent visit with the Patriots, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Meredith, who was released by the Saints earlier this week, could potentially help the Patriots is he's truly past the knee woes that cost him the 2017 season and slowed him last year. Beyond Edelman and first-rounder N'Keal Harry, there's not much certainty with regard to how New England's wideout depth chart will shake out, so it's possible the team may see if Meredith is healthy enough to enter the fray.
The Saints released Meredith on Sunday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Signed to a two-year, $9.5 million offer sheet last offseason, Meredith struggled with complications from the torn ACL he suffered in 2017, making just six appearances for the Saints in 2018. He agreed in March to reduce his base salary from $3.4 million to $1.3 million, but it ultimately wasn't enough to keep his roster spot safe. Meredith was healthy enough to practice before the Saints cut him, so he could get a look from another team this summer.
Meredith (knee) attended practice Tuesday but didn't participate, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Analysis: The 2016 breakout star has been been limited to six games and nine receptions the past two years, struggling to make it all the way back from the ACL tear he suffered in August 2017. Meredith had a knee scope in November and was limited during the offseason program. He'll have a tough time pushing Ted Ginn or Tre'Quan Smith for playing time, but Meredith should at least have a decent shot at making the 53-man roster given that he agreed to reduce his base salary from $3.4 million to $1.3 million. Of course, he'll need to receive medical clearance for training camp in order to make his case.
Meredith (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Back in December, Meredith sounded confident that he'd be ready for offseason workouts. Five months later, it seems he hasn't made enough progress with his surgically-repaired left knee to be granted permission for team activities. Meredith was at least seen working off to the sidelines with a trainer, according to Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune, but it's not clear how long it might be until the four-year vet is full-go. Regardless, Meredith benefits from the fact that New Orleans didn't draft or sign a high-profile newcomer this offseason. When healthy, he'll compete with Austin Carr, Keith Kirkwood and Simmie Cobbs for slotting under Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Tre'Quan Smith
Meredith (knee) has agreed to a reduced salary to remain with the Saints in 2019, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Meredith was previously set to make $3.4 million in 2019, but that number will now drop to $1.3 million. In the wake of a disappointing 2018 campaign in which the receiver played just six games thanks to knee injuries, Meredith was likely a candidate to be let go if he didn't accept the pay cut. Entering the draft, Meredith doesn't appear to be anything more than the potential No. 4 receiver in New Orleans behind Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Tre'Quan Smith.
Meredith (knee) expects to be healthy for the start of OTAs in May, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Meredith inked a two-year, $9.6 million contract with the Saints last April but was unable to gain a foothold due to complications with his surgically-repaired left knee. Overall, he scattered nine catches (on 10 targets) for 114 yards and one TD across 126 offensive snaps before undergoing arthroscopic surgery between Weeks 9 and 10 and being placed on injured reserve. While he's not a candidate to return during New Orleans' upcoming playoff run, Meredith is aiming for renewed health by the time the offseason program begins in earnest.
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.
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.
Meredith will be placed on injured reserve by the Saints and will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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.
Meredith (knee) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.
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.
Meredith was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Rams.
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.
Meredith (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
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.
Meredith (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
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.
Meredith was not targeted in Sunday night's win against the Vikings.
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.
Meredith (knee) practiced in full Thursday, the Saints' official site reports.
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.
Meredith (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, the Saints' official site reports.
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).
Meredith was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Ravens.
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.
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