Yet, so far this season, the production had not translated to San Diego. Meachem struggled, hauling in only six catches for 92 yards in four games.
That was until tonight.
Meachem enjoyed his coming out party as a Charger in the team’s narrow 31-24 loss against his former team.
With his first reception of the game, Meachem capped a seven-play, 91-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown reception over the middle from quarterback
But he was not done.
After an eight-yard reception that put the Chargers into Saints territory with less than a minute to go before the end of the half, Meachem caught the ensuing pass and took it 44 yards to the end zone to give San Diego the 17-14 halftime lead.
Unfortunately, that would be all he would contribute as he was silenced in the second half of his homecoming. Still, it was a big day for the speedster as he tallied three receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Nonetheless, Meachem was disheartened over losing in such painful fashion and would have gladly given up all his individual accolades for a victory
“I would trade it in a heartbeat,” he said of trading his statistics in for a win against his former team.
Meachem was quick to admit that the return to New Orleans as a visitor was different than being a member of the home team.
“It was weird, coming here on Friday and seeing all of the same stuff,” he said. “Being on a charter bus, instead of driving to the stadium; that was weird. But once the game got started, this is what you do. This is the gift God gave you, so you just got to enjoy the moment.”
Despite the 31-24 loss to the Saints, the Chargers still have a winning record through the first five games of the season, and Meachem believes the Bolts are capable of big things this season. Part of achieving those goals is by learning from tough losses like Sunday’s.
“We just got to stick together,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s how you win a championship. You’re going to have tough games, but this is what brings you closer. And if you don’t get close from a game like this, something is wrong with the organization and the team. But a loss like this really helps because now you go back to practice and you know what you have to do.”