Apart from the reality that rookie receiver Jeremy Maclin’s holdout is keeping him from getting ready to crack the wideout rotation in his first season with the Eagles, Maclin’s absence is giving others an opportunity to keep the nineteenth overall pick from contributing in the return game.
Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher addressed the situation on Sunday, pointing out several solid options that the teams have to return kickoffs and punts.
Daisher said that Quintin Demps and Ellis Hobbs will handle the kick returns, and that DeSean Jackson will be the punt returner.
Daiser added that, once Maclin arrives, he’ll be in the mix at both duties. But, as a practical matter, the longer it takes for him to get there, the harder it’ll be for Maclin to take reps away from the guys who are getting an opportunity each and every day to strengthen their hold on these jobs.