Monday, April 7, 2014
Eagles: Expectations are high for Maclin
By Andy Jasner
So much talk has centered around the loss of DeSean Jackson that it has been easy to forget about the return of another wide receiver.
The Philadelphia Eagles recently signed Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal. Maclin missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
From 2009-12, Maclin caught 258 passes for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns. Maclin, 25, has never had less than 56 catches in a single season.
Maclin is dependable and consistently grabs passes across the middle. The biggest hurdle for Maclin will be overcoming the ACL injury and having the confidence to take those hard hits on a daily basis.
Maclin, the Eagles' first-round pick from Missouri in 2009, suffered the injury at the beginning of training camp last year.
“I’m excited to see Jeremy play in our offense,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly told CSNPhilly.com. “You saw the potential of that in the spring and summer, but obviously he didn't get an opportunity last year. However, what was great to see was how he was literally here every single day since being injured. You can see he has a passion for the game of football. When he was on the field last spring and summer, you saw his intelligence, you saw his great route-running ability and you saw how tough of a one-on-one matchup he could be.”
Maclin recently said he wasn't sure if he would be cleared in time for organized team activities that begin April 21. But he expects to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
If Maclin can play like he did from 2009-12, the Eagles will have another threat on offense. Maybe not the deep threat like Jackson, but a stellar wide receiver nonetheless who has put up big numbers in the past.
“I would say our expectations are he's going to be a really good player for us this year," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told CSNPhilly.com. "He has the traits we look for at the receiver position. It's no secret that we thought he was going to have a big year, and he had an unfortunate injury. That's our expectation. He adds another dynamic threat to our offense.”
It will be the first chance for Maclin in playing under Kelly. Judging by how the Eagles' offense fared last season, it's safe to assume Maclin will have a chance to shine.