Henderson, Meachem step up for Saints

November, 30, 2009
11/30/09
10:10
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NEW ORLEANS -- Marques Colston gets most of the attention for being the Saints’ best receiver.

But he’s been quiet so far tonight. Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson haven’t. Each of those two receivers has caught a touchdown pass as the Saints have stormed to a 24-10 halftime lead.

Yes, Drew Brees can make any receiver look good, but let’s give Meachem and Henderson some credit. These guys took a lot of criticism early in their careers and they have overcome it quite nicely. Henderson was pretty much a drop machine early in his career. But he became a sure-handed receiver last year and that’s only continued.

He’s having the game of his life so far tonight. Henderson has caught three passes for 116 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. Meachem also caught a touchdown.

The first-round pick in 2007, Meachem was a non-factor in his first two seasons. But he suddenly has become a touchdown machine. He now has at least one touchdown catch in each of the last four games. He has caught six touchdowns in the last six games and has seven on the season.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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