The New England Patriots didn’t take much of a risk when they decided to sign Cameron Meredith. They usually make bold moves to improve their roster, but this time they made a low-risk move.
According to the reported salary details, this deal is definitely a low-risk move for the team.
Henry McKenna analyzed the deal and the benefits Meredith would get by joining the Patriots.
“He’s guaranteed nothing. He isn’t guaranteed a roster spot in 2019, let alone in 2020. His base salary is his only way to earn in 2019, and he won’t get any bonuses unless he makes the roster next season.
“The Patriots brought in him as competition and depth — they’re interested to see what he can do in their offense. He had one strong NFL season with the Chicago Bears in 2016 when he had 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries derailed his once-promising career. The Saints signed him during the 2017 season — he has played just six games with one start over the last two years.
“He’s surely hoping that Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady can use some magic to bring momentum back to his career.”
Meredth suffered a torn ACL in 2017. He is nursing a knee injury at the moment, meaning he doesn’t practice with the team. If his physical condition doesn’t improve enough, the Patriots won’t suffer a lt. However, by adding Meredith to the roster, the Patriots will be able to use his skills this year and next season.
In his three seasons with the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, Meredith had 86 receptions for 1,122 yards and five touchdowns.
The Patriots are still trying to add depth to their receiving unit. They have N’Keal Harry, but his inconsistency is a reason to be worried. The same applies to Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris and Braxton Berrios. The Patriots are still waiting to get Edelman back as he recovers from a thumb injury. Demaryius Thomas is fixing his Achilles, and Josh Gordon is suspended. Well, the Patriots don’t even count on Gordon’s return, but it would be good to have him back.