Saints WR Cameron Meredith is happy with his recovery from last August's torn ACL and MCL and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s almost a 10. I haven’t had a setback along the recovery process,” Meredith said. “I’m gaining strength day by day, month by month. I’m excited to see how soon I can get back… But the main objective for me is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season. My goal is to try and get back to training camp. As long as there aren’t any setbacks or anything like that, it shouldn’t be a problem.” Meredith can use all the reps he can get in HC Sean Payton's offense and with QB Drew Brees. If he's healthy and comfortable in the offense, he has a good shot to emerge as the Saints' #2 WR -- a role that would make him a major fantasy factor. Meredith is well worth a shot at his 12th-round ADP.
Saints HC Sean Payton told NOLA.com this week that WR Cameron Meredith is ahead of schedule in his return from last year's left ACL tear. That's often said of recovering players, but Meredith showed off his progress by taking part in OTA workouts. The Saints gave him $9.5 million on a 2-year contract as a restricted free agent and could turn Meredith into their #2 WR in targets as soon as this year -- if he can avoid setbacks.
The Bears have declined to match the Saints' offer to WR Cameron Meredith. So he'll head to New Orleans on a 2-year, $9.6 million deal. Meredith is rehabbing from a late-August torn ACL and MCL but flashed back in 2016 with a 66-888-4 line. He's still just 25 and owns a 74th percentile SPARQ score. He should at least settle in as the Saints' #3 WR and could even push Ted Ginn for 2nd on the team in targets behind Michael Thomas.
WR Cameron Meredith has signed a 2-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Bears tendered the restricted free agent at the original-round level. That means New Orleans will owe Chicago no compensation, but the Bears get a chance to match the offer. Meredith missed all of last season after tearing his left ACL and MCL, so we'll need to watch his progress this offseason and see exactly when he's ready for full practice. If Meredith's good to go in plenty of time, he'll be in an interesting situation. New Orleans has been a passing-game party for most of Drew Brees' time there, but only Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara topped 70 targets among Saints last year. Ted Ginn drew 70 to rank 3rd on the team and 2nd among Saints WRs. A healthy Meredith could challenge Ginn's status as the #2 WR and approach Willie Snead's 2016 role. We would bet on a bit more passing from the Saints this year, though also not a total swing back from the 2017 rushing emphasis. Meredith makes for an upside late-round pick in best-ball drafts right now. His arrival adds a bit of risk to Ginn but certainly doesn't kill his value.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and a "minor tear" of his MCL, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. It's relatively good news. He's done for the 2017 season but is looking at an 8-month rehab timeline -- rather than 12+ months if he had suffered more damage to his left knee. Barring setbacks, Meredith should be ready at least for the start of next year's training camp. He'll be a restricted free agent in March.
Fox Sports' Pam Oliver reports that the Bears believe WR Cameron Meredith suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's preseason game against the Titans. It certainly looked like a season-ending injury when it happened. We've already removed Meredith from the WR rankings. His absence gives former 1st-round pick Kevin White a massive opportunity as Chicago's #1 WR. He needs to stay healthy and play with more consistency, but White is worth a shot as a WR4 with plenty of upside.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith injured his left knee in the 1st half of Sunday's preseason game against the Titans. With his foot planted in the ground, the knee was bent severely inward. It had the look of a serious injury. Meredith was fitted with an air cast on the field and carted off. We'll update his status when we learn more, but don't draft him in the meantime. His absence will leave Kevin White as Chicago's #1 WR, with Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and Victor Cruz behind him.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith (thumb) has avoided the PUP list and was on the field for the team's 1st training camp practice on Thursday. He injured a thumb ligament on June 1 but is evidently good to go now. Meredith seems to have a starting spot secured after last year's impressive 66-catch, 888-yard campaign. He's a fine value at his 8th-round price tag.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith suffered a thumb ligament injury in Thursday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Meredith will miss the rest of spring workouts but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. As long as that's the case, this won't impact his 2017 fantasy outlook. Meredith led the Bears with 66 catches, 888 yards and 4 TDs last year and has a shot to serve as the #1 WR this season.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Kendall Wright. The former 1st-round pick spent his 1st 5 seasons with the Titans and displayed promise through 3 of them. Wright lost 11 games to injuries over the past 2 years, though, and totaled just 65 receptions over that span. He joins a Bears offense that ran Cameron Meredith primarily from the slot over the 2nd half of last season -- to surprising success -- and still has slot man Eddie Royal on the roster. Royal carries a $5 million salary for 2017, though, and the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that the team is is expected to release him. At this point, we'd slot Wright behind Kevin White and Meredith for fantasy -- in an offense unlikely to support 3 worthwhile fantasy wideouts. It's worth noting, at least, that Wright played under Bears OC Dowell Loggains when Loggains piloted Tennessee's offense in 2013. Wright produced career highs in receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,079) that season and ranked 20th among PPR receivers.
The forecast for today's Packers-Bears game calls for a temperature of 6 degrees with winds of 10-20 mph. The wind chill could sink as low as -13. That's cold. Expect more running than usual from both sides. We're still expecting Green Bay's passing game to be effective. WR Alshon Jeffery is the only piece of the Bears' passing game that should be in fantasy lineups.
Bears WR Marquess Wilson is out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He was previously dealing with a groin injury but actually broke his foot in practice this week. So he’s likely done for the season. WR Eddie Royal (toe) is also out, leaving Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy as Chicago’s top 3 WRs.
Bears WR Cameron Meredith posted 6 grabs on 8 targets for 72 yards and 1 score at Detroit. Each mark either led the team or tied for the team lead. Note that Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson were out with injuries, but Meredith also flashed big time talent earlier in the season with two 100-yard outings. Depending on the health of his teammates, Meredith could have streaming value for a Week 15 date vs. Green Bay’s inconsistent secondary.
Bears Josh Bellamy (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He’ll start alongside WR Cameron Meredith. WRs Marquess Wilson (groin) and Eddie Royal (toe) are inactive.
Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) is inactive for today's game against the 49ers. He barely played last week. Cameron Meredith and Marquess Wilson are Chicago's clear top 2 WRs.
Snow is expected throughout today's 49ers-Bears game, accumulating to 3-5 inches. Winds will be at just 5-7 mph, though, so we're not downgrading the passing games. Of course, both offenses figure to go run-heavy anyway.
Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He figures to serve as Chicago’s #3 WR in his 2016 debut behind Cameron Meredith and Eddie Royal. Wilson shouldn’t be in Week 11 fantasy lineups.
Winds of 20-22 mph are expected for today's Bears-Giants game. That definitely hurts both Ks and is just enough to impact the passing games. We've adjusted our projections for this game a tad. Click here for updated rankings.
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