Kristian's Wed. practice report: Meachem returns, Falcons await the noise
Noise canceling: The Atlanta Falcons have been preparing for two weeks for what is sure to be a raucous and loud SuperDome Sunday when the Saints and Falcons meet at noon in the 2013 season opener.
“We play in a lot of loud venues, and the Supedome is one of the loudest,” said Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith. “We have ways that we prepare. We’ve been preparing since training camp.”
Coach Smith is right, the Superdome is one of the loudest in the NFL. However, it’s going to have a little extra zest this Sunday with Sean Payton returning to the sidelines in a game that counts.
Meachem returns: We got our first look at WR Robert Meachem today after he agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the team yesterday. Meachem looked no worse for wear after spending a year with the San Diego Chargers, and refuted reports from the media covering the Chargers that his body was broke down. “All that negative talk that my body was broke and all that, I heard all those things. That was flattering; I love to hear things like that. Now I get to go show the whole world my gift again."
His gift is getting deep, and quarterback Drew Brees says Meachem looks just like he did when he left.
“He’s all smiles, he’s happy to back,” Brees said. “He looks as good as ever. I look forward to getting him incorporated back in.”
Meachem says he is ready to go if he’s dressed and active for Sunday’s season opener against the Falcons.
Galette and Wilson return to practice: The two outside linebackers that did not take a snap in the preseason because of injuries were listed as “full participation” in practice on Wednesday. Galette has been nursing a hamstring injury since the early part of training camp. Wilson injured his elbow in the first week of camp. The Saints only have three players on their active roster that are outside linebackers, with the other being Parys Haralson whom they acquired in a trade last week with San Francisco. Wide receivers Marques Colston (foot) and Nick Toon (chest) also took every rep in practice today. Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and defensive end Glenn Foster were the only two players that did not practice.