The first practice of Robert Meachem's second stint with the Saints ended, he pulled off his No. 17 jersey and shoulder pads, then started running extra pass routes for Drew Brees on a mostly empty field.
Those moments on Wednesday afternoon brought back fond memories of a time when he was thought of as something far better than a free-agent flame-out.
''Me and Drew, catching those balls. ... It was like: I'm back, you know?'' Meachem said. ''I'm just happy to be back.''
Although Meachem was raised in Oklahoma and played college football at Tennessee, he repeatedly referred to New Orleans as ''home.''
His performances in the Big Easy produced a big free-agent offer last year from San Diego: four years, nearly $26 million, with $14 million guaranteed. He never found his grove with the Chargers, however, catching just 14 passes for 207 yards and two TDs - both against the Saints - last season. He was cut after this preseason, leaving San Diego labeled as a bust.
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