But now that he's recovered, Meredith has found a new National Football League home.
Ironically, the Patriots are the very team Meredith thought had drafted him via a prank call during the 2015 NFL Draft.
Without him, the Patriots are now rostering Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett, first-round rookie N'Keal Harry, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios, Dontrelle Inman, Damoun Patterson and undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers, Ryan Davis and Gunner Olszewski. In recent training camp practices, undrafted free agent Jakobi Meyers (NC State) has elevated to some first-unit reps, which highlights how the club continues to explore all options.
Meredith, who's 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, has 86 career receptions for 1,122 yards with five touchdowns in three seasons.
Meredith played in six games for the Saints in 2018, posting nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
After missing the 2017 season due to an injury suffered in preseason, Meredith signed with New Orleans as a restricted free agent. The New Orleans Saints cut him on Monday after one year with the team. But he re-injured his previously torn knee in November and spent the rest of the year on injured reserve.