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DeSean says Steve Smith is Maclin insurance

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Eagles coach Andy Reid recently said that the signing of former Giants receiver Steve Smith has no bearing on the status of receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Receiver DeSean Jackson says otherwise.

“The reason why they picked [Smith] up is they’re unsure of Maclin’s health,” Jackson said Saturday, according to Les Bown of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Maclin’s health generally remains a mystery.  And in the absence of specific information, speculation has been rampant, with all sorts of rumors making the rounds on the Internet.

Here’s hoping that, whatever it is, it isn’t serious; Maclin is only 23.

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47 Responses to “DeSean says Steve Smith is Maclin insurance”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:09 PM

    Interesting insurance policy…considering the poor health of Steve Smith.

  2. bennyd720 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:10 PM

    I wonder how Steve Smith feels about being an Insurance Deductible…

  3. red513 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:10 PM

    Good job, DeSean, you’re trying to get a new contract, remember, you twit? Spouting off about another player’s health and your team’s plans won’t help your cause. Sheesh.

  4. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:11 PM

    #truth

    Not that Smith isn’t a good player, but totally true statement. The Eagles love Avant and Cooper as the 3 and 4 to Mac and Jax, and they didn’t sign Smith to be the 5th wr… so… yeah, djax is exactly right.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:11 PM

    Not to mention the move’s “screw the Giants” potential appeal…

  6. green18blue52 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:12 PM

    Iggles need some kind of insurance to protect them from MAYHEM aka THE CLAYMAKER!! Go Pack!

  7. realitypolice says: Aug 14, 2011 11:15 PM

    A true sign of stupidity is the inability to tell when people are taking advantage of you.

    The Philadelphia and national media are taking advantage of the fact that DeSean Jackson can’t shut up.

    He honestly believes that the reason they keep coming to him is because they value his opinion, when in fact they keep coming to him because they know he isn’t smart enough to know when to say “no comment”.

    Pathetic.

  8. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 14, 2011 11:16 PM

    He’s wrong.

  9. enasty610 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:17 PM

    Maybe it’s insurance for you Jackson they did they same thing with lito when he wanted a new contract they brought in Asante and Said seeya. Keep handling yourself like t.o. And you will get treated like t.o. Shut up and play. This is even coming from a eagles fan

  10. emoser says: Aug 14, 2011 11:19 PM

    green18, Eagles don’t play Packers this year. So either you don’t know your own team’s schedule or you’re writing them into the playoffs before the season even starts. Whichever it is you’re making yourself look like a fool.

  11. typicaleaglesfan says: Aug 14, 2011 11:19 PM

    green18blue52 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 11:12 PM
    Iggles need some kind of insurance to protect them from MAYHEM aka THE CLAYMAKER!! Go Pack!

    We have packer insurance in our secondary our improved defensive line and we’ve improved our o line as well. Hopefully baby Thor can be a better than avg MLB and the birds can get a rematch against the pack.

  12. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 14, 2011 11:20 PM

    Their #2 WR is McCoy anyway…

  13. frankdatank23 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:21 PM

    psshhh …. insurance ? that guy does alot of things better and more consistently than maclin, OR desean.

  14. icelovinbrotha215 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:22 PM

    I mean what else was the move for? Kinda obvious. You don’t bring an umbrella unless it’s gunna rain. I don’t think D-Jack should be saying it in public but we aren’t dumb fans. Maclin just needs to get healthy. Fly Eagles Fly.

  15. jsrdc says: Aug 14, 2011 11:22 PM

    There wasn’t much out there in the experienced FA Wide Receiver market when they picked up Smith. Looks like another gag order may be coming. First VY, and now Jackson, since Reid’s explanation was completely different. If this was the Patriots, neither would have said a word, but Philly doesn’t emphasize keeping their troops quiet as much as Belichick.

    Smith was a nice pickup, and a surprise given he came from the division foe Giants. That one has to still be burning Coughlin and the Giants’ front office. Whatever is happening to Maclin, I hope he gets it figured out and can play this year. I am a Cowboy fan, but he is a young, talented WR, and I hate to see this type of thing happen to any young player.

  16. jdandcoke says: Aug 14, 2011 11:24 PM

    thanks for verifying what everyone already knew desean. you may be a punk on the field…but at least you tell it like it is….unlike your POS coach.

  17. eagleseagleseagles says: Aug 14, 2011 11:26 PM

    Lets all keep football aside, and hope maclin gets better soon.

  18. red513 says: Aug 14, 2011 11:28 PM

    Maclin is from StL and is a great kid – here’s hoping he’s okay. We’re rooting for him here to make it back.

  19. justbust says: Aug 14, 2011 11:38 PM

    umm off topic, but i cant wait till clay gets hit with that drug test. Maybe his forehead will go back to its original size.

  20. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 14, 2011 11:43 PM

    So if a person says something that makes sense and is probably true, what’s the problem? The reality is Maclin is not healthy and might not be able to produce. Smith may turn out to be his replacement. Jackson is being a realist. nothing wrong with that.

  21. andyreidisfat says: Aug 14, 2011 11:53 PM

    I love deSean, but signing Smith makes no sense as “insurance” They would sign a healthy player if they wanted insurance.

    I am sure i am right about why they signed Smith. I think the Eagles have been getting tons of offers for Avant. The guy should be starting in the NFL. IMO they signed Smith more so they can have the first shot at signing him next year to replace Avant when they trade him at the draft. Mark it down you heard it here first. The Eagles will trade Avant for another second round pick and keep Smith as a slot guy. They only signed him this year to a one year deal so they could be in charge of his health to see if he really does recover.

  22. pappysarcasm says: Aug 15, 2011 12:01 AM

    It’s going to be sooooo much fun watching the igles implode and crash this year! ;)

  23. pilot2011 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:02 AM

    Lets just go ahead and clear the air here:

    I think we all know now who the real Steve Smith is.

  24. ICDogg says: Aug 15, 2011 12:10 AM

    This story is at least a day and a half old.

  25. transam7816 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:14 AM

    Lol…outing the coach

  26. ICDogg says: Aug 15, 2011 12:15 AM

    Anyway while I’m here I want to clear up a technicality about Maclin.

    Maclin is NOT on the PUP list. The PUP list is reserved for football-related injuries.

    Maclin is on – you guessed it – the Reserve Non-football-related Illness List. Yes, the NFL seems to have a list for everything.

    Like the PUP list, he won’t use up a roster spot while he is not activated.

    Unlike the PUP list, he can be activated at ANY point in the season… week 2, week 14, ANY time.

  27. CKL says: Aug 15, 2011 12:40 AM

    jtbaudendistel says: Aug 14, 2011 11:43 PM

    So if a person says something that makes sense and is probably true, what’s the problem? The reality is Maclin is not healthy and might not be able to produce. Smith may turn out to be his replacement. Jackson is being a realist. nothing wrong with that.
    ______________________________________
    Guys get into trouble when they wander outside their pay grade with their comments. He may be telling the truth and that’s all well and good but Maclin’s issues are not football related which is an even better reason for his teammates to be vague about it. Anything DJ knows about Maclin’s health such that he could state that another player was signed due to it has to be from DJ’s personal knowledge and that comes dangerously close to violating Maclin’s privacy rights.

  28. green18blue52 says: Aug 15, 2011 12:44 AM

    We all know the iggles and packers will be in the playoffs. You don’t load up like philly did so you can just play regular season. I’m just saying, Clay threw a monkey wrench in philly plans by slamming kolb on his face last year. Thank lucky stars that you had a motivated Ron Mexico waiting in the wings.

  29. riverhorsey says: Aug 15, 2011 12:50 AM

    Desean is a thinker

  30. schemefactory says: Aug 15, 2011 1:03 AM

    is that the one with the lizard, or the duck?

  31. jsrdc says: Aug 15, 2011 1:11 AM

    andyreidisfat, uhhh, I have to strongly disagree. I am not saying they won’t be trading Avant now that Smith is aboard. What I am saying is that Avant, unless he has a breakout season as a STARTER won’t be anywhere worth a 2nd round pick. 51 receptions and 1 TD won’t garner a 2nd round pick. It is obvious you like him, and have made a homer call with the 2nd round pick projection here, but Avant is worth MAYBE a 4th or 5th round pick as it stands today.

  32. jrmbadger says: Aug 15, 2011 1:38 AM

    “justbust says:
    Aug 14, 2011 11:38 PM
    umm off topic, but i cant wait till clay gets hit with that drug test. Maybe his forehead will go back to its original size.”

    Umm… if you preface a post with “probably off topic but”…. you probably just shouldn’t post it.

  33. phillyman2k9 says: Aug 15, 2011 1:50 AM

    Jeremy Maclin should’ve stayed away from broad street and kensington Ladies…. this is more than MONO …… AKA Magic Johnson !!!

  34. east96st says: Aug 15, 2011 2:11 AM

    As a Giants fan, I know both sides talk a LOT of s**t to one another, but I sincerely Maclin is going to be okay. Ultimately, it’s just a football game and this is a 23 year old’s life. I hope they find the answer soon and he is able to beat whatever this illness is and live a long and healthy life.

  35. zeussuperman says: Aug 15, 2011 2:13 AM

    green18blue52 says:
    Aug 14, 2011 11:12 PM
    Iggles need some kind of insurance to protect them from MAYHEM aka THE CLAYMAKER!! Go Pack!

    ——————————–

    I wasn’t aware the Eagles pushed for the HGH testing policy in the new CBA.

  36. howmnyplayoffwinsugot says: Aug 15, 2011 2:21 AM

    They’re not trading avant… And “u heard it hear first” cmon bro, no one is gonna remember u

  37. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 15, 2011 2:43 AM

    jsrdc…

    Dude Philly is amazing at keeping things in house and not having their players talk. I remember seeing Randy Moss at press conferences in NE talking aggressivly at the media so the Pats are not excluded. Things happen, Desean really didn’t say anything wrong. C’mon give him a break…lol

  38. darocnessmonsta says: Aug 15, 2011 3:41 AM

    not be negative but i hate when people say hes only 23 so he should be healthy, well my brother died of cancer of the lungs from asbestos so i dont wanna hear bout hes too young well so was my brother and no one knows who he was outside of the family. Im happy for the guy that survived his cancer from the giants and boston college but my brother lost his life mainly cause we didnt have a famous brother playing college ball with a chance to go pro!!!

  39. seattlesuperchronic says: Aug 15, 2011 4:54 AM

    Steve Smith is a good pick up.

    Totally off topic, but I was wondering, where is Houshmandzadeh gonna end up? I saw every game he played as a Seahawk and he produced well in our booty offense. I know he’s been labeled a diva, but is he as bad as everyone makes him out to be? If he’s an egotistical stat guy, then I understand. If he wants to win, I think he’d look good in Jets green. Maybe New England? Maybe I’m a silly Billy, but it’s got me wondering.

  40. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 15, 2011 7:58 AM

    “Maclin is on – you guessed it – the Reserve Non-football-related Illness List. Yes, the NFL seems to have a list for everything.”

    This is absolutely true. I did a search of my name on the NFL.com web site, and found out that I’m on the “Too Old, Fat and Slow” list.

  41. melonnhead says: Aug 15, 2011 7:59 AM

    Dude Philly is amazing at keeping things in house and not having their players talk.

    —————————————————————

    Sure, just ask Dovovan McNabb and TO. AMAZING.

  42. bobbyhoying says: Aug 15, 2011 8:27 AM

    Much about nothing with DeSean’s Maclin comments. However, DeSean probably doesn’t have a contract because “Next Question” wants him to get to free agency so “Next Question” gets a bigger payday. Maybe DeSean should ask Steve Smith how that strategy worked out for him.

  43. melonnhead says: Aug 15, 2011 8:29 AM

    Maclin is on – you guessed it – the Reserve Non-football-related Illness List. Yes, the NFL seems to have a list for everything.

    Like the PUP list, he won’t use up a roster spot while he is not activated.

    Unlike the PUP list, he can be activated at ANY point in the season… week 2, week 14, ANY time.

    ——————————————————–

    Actually since he’s on the RESERVE NFI list if
    he’s not activated by the final cut date he can’t be activated until after week 6. If he were on the ACTIVE NFI list he could return at any time.

  44. cliverush says: Aug 15, 2011 10:35 AM

    Why is a player giving out team information to the media? This starts trouble.

  45. sb50 says: Aug 15, 2011 11:03 AM

    To be honest this probably was insurance for Maclin but dude, seriously DeSean? Just do us a favor and keep your mouth shut.

  46. zeussuperman says: Aug 15, 2011 4:01 PM

    kevinfromphilly says: Aug 15, 2011 7:58 AM

    “Maclin is on – you guessed it – the Reserve Non-football-related Illness List. Yes, the NFL seems to have a list for everything.”

    This is absolutely true. I did a search of my name on the NFL.com web site, and found out that I’m on the “Too Old, Fat and Slow” list.

    ——————————-

    Me, too. On the plus side, we’re right there under “#1. Albert Haynesworth.”

  47. zeussuperman says: Aug 15, 2011 4:03 PM

    melonnhead says: Aug 15, 2011 7:59 AM

    Dude Philly is amazing at keeping things in house and not having their players talk.

    —————————————————————

    Sure, just ask Dovovan McNabb and TO. AMAZING.

    ——————————————-

    Coming from the guy who cheers for the team still recovering from the aftermath of T.O.

    “That’s my QUARTERBACK, MAN! Boo hoo hoo.”

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