The Detroit Lions must be quite serious about intensifying their camp competition at wide receiver. They already signed Lance Moore and Greg Salas last month, and we found out earlier that free agent Brad Smith is going to visit on Tuesday. Smith won't be the only one in town, though, as the Lions are also bringing in free agent Robert Meachem for a workout.
Meachem is an intriguing option given his connection to Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Meachem played for the New Orleans Saints from 2007-11 and 2013-14 (he was with the San Diego Chargers in 2012), so he knows Lombardi's offensive scheme quite well. He was teammates with Moore in New Orleans, so perhaps they will reunite in Detroit.
Last season with the Saints, Meachem caught only seven passes for 114 yards in 11 games. The year before that, his numbers were a bit better, but he still only had 16 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games. Way back in 2009, he hauled in 45 catches for 722 yards and nine touchdowns, but he hasn't produced those kinds of numbers in quite some time.
What I'm hinting at is that even if the Lions sign Meachem, there's a very good chance he won't actually make the 53-man roster. The Lions already have a lot of bodies at wide receiver, so he could turn out to simply be veteran depth for training camp if he ends up signing with Detroit. I suppose we shouldn't rule out the possibility of him winning the No. 4 or No. 5 job at wide receiver given his experience in this type of offense, but then again, perhaps we should actually wait and see if the Lions sign him before worrying too much about that.