WR Cameron Meredith - New Orleans Saints
|6-3, 207||Born: 9-21-1992||College: Illinois State||Drafted: ---|
2018 Week 3 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
The Saints finally felt that Meredith had picked up enough of the offense to be active this week, and it paid dividend right away. He was given a limited role for his first game and made the best of it with 1 target, 1 catch, and a touchdown. Brees was nearly sacked in the back field but managed to scramble free and found Meredith up the seam for 11 yards. The play ended up being reviewed after it looked that he was tackled short of the goal line, but the touchdown call was upheld. This was the only target Meredith received this week. It will be interesting to see how much his role increases and who will lose touches when that happens.
2018 Week 4 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Saints seem to finally be giving Meredith the keys to the offense as they feel more comfortable with him in their scheme. He is pushing Ted Ginn for targets and is just another weapon for Brees down the field. He caught 3 of his 4 targets this week and was tied for second with Michael Thomas for total targets this week. Meredith has a wider skill set than Ginn and can be used in more situations. He had a nice 20-yard catch and run slant across the middle for his longest play of the game. Meredith is going to be highly dependent on volume and we will not know exactly what he will see until they work Mark Ingram back into the offense.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
It was a very efficient game for Meredith this week as he pulled in all 5 of his targets. The big play was a 46-yard catch and run from Brees where he was pushed out of bounds before he could make it into the end zone. Meredith has shown he has a full grasp of the offense now and Brees has shown trust in his new receiver. The most interesting part about Meredith is how much work he is taking away from Michael Thomas. It is hard to trust any of the secondary receivers in New Orleans with all the competition for targets, but Meredith is emerging as the second-best option behind Thomas this season.
2018 Week 7 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was projected that Meredith was going to get a lot more work with Ginn on the shelf, but that was not the case this week. After finally getting in sync with the offense the last few weeks, Meredith only played 18 offensive snaps this week. He lost snaps to Smith and targets to Dan Arnold. Meredith has had an up and down tenure with New Orleans so far but expect his usage to increase next week against the Vikings.
2018 Week 9 vs LAR (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The usage of Meredith continues to decrease this season as he only saw the field for 13 offensive plays and did not register a single target. Tre'Quan Smith has seen all of the targets vacated by Ted Ginn and Meredith has found himself irrelevant for the Saints.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (12 / 9 / 130 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Sunday proved to be Cameron Meredith's coming out party as an NFL player. Starting in place of the injured Kevin White, Meredith racked up 120 yards and a touchdown on nine catches. The second-year converted quarterback out of Illinois State led the Bears in targets with 12. By all accounts, the kid appears to have some talent. And now it looks like he'll continue to receive a heavy snap count with White likely out for the season. Look, Meredith has a lot of maturing to do in terms of running tight routes, but he looks to having an understanding of the fundamentals that are required to be successful at the position. What bodes well for Meredith is the fact that the Bears in a rebuilding stage, although no one at Halas Hall will admit it. It's going to be pretty exciting to see if Meredith can continue to grow with this offense and become a go-to guy later this season or even next season.
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (15 / 11 / 113 / 0 rec)
Cameron Meredith arguably was Chicago's most productive player on the field in Sunday's 17-16 loss to Jacksonville. Meredith led all Chicago pass-catchers in targets with 15, and he's now led the team in targets in two straight games. Big props to Meredith for coming out of nowhere to become one of the Bears' most productive receivers this season. Since Meredith took over the starting role previously held by Kevin White, who went down with an injury that put him in IR, the college quarterback-turned-NFL receiver has hauled in 20 catches on 27 targets for 243 yards and a touchdown. With more reps and experience under his belt, the 24-year old receiver could become a future building block in Chicago.
2016 Week 7 vs GB (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
It was tough to even notice Cameron Meredith on the field Thursday night in Green Bay. Meredith only saw two targets in the 26-10 loss to the Packers, coming off a two-week stretch where he saw 27 targets. The majority of Meredith's ineffectively is due to the quarterbacking dilemma the Bears found themselves with after Brian Hoyer left early in the second quarter after suffering a broken arm. Meredith has the talent to be a productive NFL player, but his production entirely will hinge on who's under center. If Jay Cutler can return this week from his thumb injury, Meredith will see plenty of chances to put up numbers.
2016 Week 8 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Cameron Meredith's time to shine likely is over for the time being. With Jay Cutler back under center, the targets more than likely will go to Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Howard, Eddie Royal (given he can get back on the field) and Zach Miller. This fact was evident in Monday night's 20-10 win over the stingy Minnesota Vikings. Meredith only received two targets, catching one of them for 24 yards. Meredith still has a role in the offense as long as Royal is sidelined, so watch how the team shakes out in two weeks when the Bears return to the field after the bye week.
2016 Week 10 vs TB (2 / 1 / 50 / 1 rec)
You now have to wonder where Cameron Meredith fits into this Bears offense. Aside from a 50-yard Hail Mary touchdown at the end of the first half, Meredith pretty much was non-existent in Sunday's 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers. In the three weeks since coming off 10-and-12 target games, Meredith only has been targeted two times per week. Why he's not showing up on Jay Cutler's radar, who really knows. Meredith might flash once or twice, but he no longer appears to be a key contributor in this offense.
2016 Week 11 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Cameron Meredith continued signs of growth as a wide receiver in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the New York Giants. The second-year wideout caught all four of his targets for 49 yards. Jay Cutler still hasn't found his rhythm with Meredith, and it was evident Sunday when the two struggled to connect against a secondary that has its flaws. The Giants' ability to blanket coverage with Landon Collins over the top is a death knell for a quarterback like Cutler. Once Zach Miller suffered a foot injury and left the game in the second quarter, life became even more difficult for Meredith. It's pretty crazy that Meredith is the No. 1 wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. While Cutler definitely loves throwing in Miller's direction, Meredith definitely is going to see an increase in targets now that Miller no longer is an option.
2016 Week 12 vs TEN (9 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Matt Barkley and Cameron Meredith clearly were not on the same page in Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Meredith received nine targets but only hauled in two passes for 19 yards. With Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller both sidelined for various reasons, Meredith entered Sunday as the top receiver on the team, though he hardly played the part. With so much uncertainty under center for the Bears, it's hard to feel confident that Meredith can be a relevant producer as the season winds down.
2016 Week 13 vs SF (4 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)
In very poor playing conditions, Cameron Meredith bounced back and played himself a nice little game in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers. With snow falling, Meredith caught three of four targets for 67 yards. The weather conditions forced the Bears to run, run and run some more early in the game, which primarily is why Matt Barkley didn't complete a pass until the second quarter. Barkley only attempted 18 passes on the day, so there wasn't much opportunity for the Bears' receivers to blow up the box score. That job was done by Jordan Howard who rushed for 100-plus yards and three touchdowns. As long as the Bears passing game isn't hampered by bad weather, rain or snow, there's no reason to think Meredith can't lead the Bears in receiving from here on out.
2016 Week 14 vs DET (8 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)
After getting off to a slow start, the Matt Barkley-Cameron Meredith connection is growing stronger by the game. Meredith hauled in six catches on eight targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. On Meredith's 31-yard touchdown, Barkley feathered in a beautiful ball that found him running up the right sideline in between two defenders. It's pretty apparent that Meredith is the top pass-catching option for the Bears through 14 weeks. Who would have thought that when the season began?!?!?
2016 Week 15 vs GB (13 / 9 / 104 / 0 rec)
Cameron Meredith had himself a pretty nice game Sunday against the Packers. Meredith caught nine passes on 13 targets for 104 yards in the 30-27 loss. Matt Barkley clearly has confidence in Meredith's ability to actually catch the ball. With the topic of dropped passes being so prevalent of late when it comes to the Bears' offense, Barkley needs someone he can trust. Meredith now has 15 catches on 21 targets in the past two outings. Against Green Bay, Meredith routinely was able to catch quick passes in space within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. That's where he's the most dangerous, when he can turn upfield with a head of steam. That area of the field also happens to be where Barkley has been the most efficient.
2016 Week 16 vs WAS (12 / 9 / 135 / 1 rec)
Aside from rookies Jordan Howard and Cody Whitehair, arguably no one on the Chicago Bears has been better this season than Cameron Meredith. A guy who wasn't even in the conversation when the season started, Meredith is putting up some pretty big receiving numbers. Meredith was the Bears top receiver in Sunday's 41-21 loss to Washington. He secured nine passes on 12 targets for 135 yards and a touchdown. Since Alshon Jeffery returned to the lineup two games ago, Meredith's numbers only have gotten better. With Jeffery back, Meredith moved into the slot, which is a high-percentage throw for Matt Barkley. Meredith has caught 18 passes on 25 targets for 239 yards with a touchdown in the past two. He's clearly Barkley's favorite receiving option.
2016 Week 17 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Meredith finished the season as the Bears leader in catches, receiving yards, and receiving scores in what can be called a breakout season for the second-year UDFA and former quarterback out of Illinois State. He had a long leaping catch to set up a field goal right before halftime and also threw the only touchdown of the day for Chicago on a trick play at the goal line where he targeted Matt Barkley. Meredith should return as a starter in 2017 as Alshon Jeffery is likely to leave in free agency and Meredith has earned that right.
2015 Week 5 vs KC (4 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Cameron who, you ask? Yeah, you read correctly. Out of nowhere, Meredith emerged to play a big role in Chicago's 18-17 comeback win over the Chiefs. The 6-3, 200-pound receiver out of Illinois State -- a converted quarterback -- caught four passes for 52 yards. Even though he didn't blow out the box score, his catches came at the perfect time for Jay Cutler and the Bears. All four of Meredith's catches came on the final two drives, both of which resulted in touchdowns. At a time when the Bears are thin at the receiver position, Meredith find himself playing meaningful snaps instead of solely being a special teams guy.