Steve: Meachem sits out first day of pads at Saints camp
by Steve Geller,posted Jul 27 2014 12:09PM
Make it two wide receivers on the stationary bike, as Robert Meachem joined Kenny Stills today. Stills is nursing a quad injury and Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed today that Meachem has a sore back.
“He came off; his back was flaring up a little bit. We’ll just have him calm down and he should be fine,” said Payton.
He also said he has been pleased with the work so for from the young receivers. He specially mentioned Seantavius Jones, who made a sweet grab this morning, and also Branson Coleman who has looked much better at training camp then he did at OTAs or mini-camp. Both are tall targets.
WR Brandin Cooks talked to us the first time this morning. He's the Black & Gold’s 1st round draft pick, and besides being a target for QB Drew Brees, Cooks will also be involved on special teams in the return game. But will he return punts or kicks?
“I feel like I’ll be asked to do both,” Cooks said. “So its just a matter of where they want to put me at, and where they feel most comfortable for me to play.”
Meanwhile, veteran cornerback Champ Bailey was involved in the play of the day. Brees completed a pass to fullback Erik Lorig and Bailey came up and caused a fumble. The ball looked to be heading out of bounds, but safety Rafael Bush dove to keep it in play. Bailey then made the recovery, drawing cheers from the fans in attendance.
“I kind of take it personally when a guy sticks his hand in my face,” Bailey said. “He tried to stiff-arm me; I’m not going to hurt him, I don’t know why he did that. So I just had to make him pay somehow. The best way is to get the ball from him. And Bush; I didn’t see him coming. All of a sudden the ball is back in my face again. I just got my head up, caught it and then we got a turnover.”