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Jeremy Maclin expects bigger role in the Eagles offense this year

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Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is entering the final year of his contract and he thinks that he’s going to get ample opportunities to bump up his asking price this season.

Maclin thinks that he is going to have a bigger role in the offense this season with Chip Kelly as head coach than he did when Andy Reid was on the sideline. Maclin explains that Reid’s offense prioritized getting the ball to DeSean Jackson, which he believes explains why he has yet to cross the 1000-yard mark in any of his first four seasons.

“I’m going to be honest, the last offense was geared to the position that D-Jack played,” Maclin said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “That’s just what it was. That’s just what it was. So the fact that I was able to personally accomplish what I accomplished, I think as far as the position I was playing, I think that’s above what that guy normally does. D-Jack and I were able to complement each other, and it worked well. But that’s just how the offense was tailored.”

Maclin hasn’t put up gaudy totals of receiving yards, but he’s scored more touchdowns than Jackson and measures up well with other receivers like Hakeem Nicks and Dez Bryant who were drafted around the same time. If Maclin winds up playing as big a role in this offense as he believes, the chances of a breakout year look pretty good and he could find himself garnering the kind of Pro Bowl consideration that those NFC East rivals have enjoyed recently.

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17 Responses to “Jeremy Maclin expects bigger role in the Eagles offense this year”
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    GOOD! As long as that lead picture up there doesn’t continue as the trend for what happens everytime he catches the ball. Goes down like a featherweight last 2 seasons, when he is even in the lineup.

    A lot of promise early for that guy, I really hope he shapes back up.

  2. tombradyswig says: Jul 19, 2013 1:09 PM

    Is it Sept 9th yet!?! That’s the night the Eagles shellack the redtails!
    Let’s go birds!

  3. richiebburg says: Jul 19, 2013 1:31 PM

    One of the most underrated players in the league IMO.

  4. snowman36 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:35 PM

    Pierre Garçon makes all the WR’s in this article look like trash

  5. dgreenfi says: Jul 19, 2013 1:39 PM

    People make too much of the 1000 yard mark. He’s been solid and has been close. Injuries and team collapse have kept him below it.

    This year if he stays healthy he’s going to have a great year with a new offense and Desean Jackson focused on “diamonds on his neck”

  6. dscol715 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:49 PM

    “Maclin hasn’t put up gaudy totals of receiving yards, but he’s scored more touchdowns than Jackson and measures up well with other receivers like Hakeem Nicks and Dez Bryant who were drafted around the same time.”

    On what planet is this a true statement?

    JOSH ALPER: Nicks per year 63.75 catches 931.5 yards 6.5 TDS Bryant 66.7 catches 957 yards 9 TDS Maclin 64.5 catches 863.25 yards 6.5 TDS … So Earth, I guess.

  7. gloomysmitty says: Jul 19, 2013 1:49 PM

    Lol garçon lol

  8. crubenst says: Jul 19, 2013 1:54 PM

    Pierre Garcon was great. Before he ruined his foot. He’ll never be the same again. So sad for Washington fans who expect to be good.

  9. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 19, 2013 2:05 PM

    Maclin is a hell of a player.
    More potential YAC in the short game.

    he’s 6′ 205 and runs 4.4 flat
    kid has made some real plays.

  10. bleedgreen says: Jul 19, 2013 2:22 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Jul 19, 2013 2:05 PM
    Maclin is a hell of a player.
    More potential YAC in the short game.
    ———————————————————–

    This used to be true of him until he got his clock cleaned a few times. He seems scared to get hit hard now. You can see him pull a Todd Pinkston if he gets a glimpse of someone about to hit him. I still like him, but he needs to accept that he’s going to get it.

  11. dscol715 says: Jul 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    “JOSH ALPER: Nicks per year 63.75 catches 931.5 yards 6.5 TDS Bryant 66.7 catches 957 yards 9 TDS Maclin 64.5 catches 863.25 yards 6.5 TDS … So Earth, I guess.”

    Average per game started:
    Bryant 99yds .93 tds
    Nicks 84.7 yds .7yds
    Maclin 60.6yds .45tds

    JOSH ALPER: Bryant’s played significantly less than the other two guys, so I’ll cede that one. Maclin’s averaged 85 more snaps a year than Nicks, though, so not sure how much the starts make up for the similarities in their raw numbers.

  12. eaglesbar says: Jul 19, 2013 2:48 PM

    he better or he can get out of here you know that right

  13. ochospantalones says: Jul 19, 2013 2:53 PM

    Maclin is one of those players where the stats and the perception you have watching him do not really match-up. While I do favor statistical analysis, and there are some misconceptions about Maclin, I think there are legitimate questions as to how good he really is.

    A couple misconceptions:

    1. I think most people think of him as having had an up-and-down career thus far, but his numbers are actually remarkably stable year-to-year. The past three seasons he has had 70, 63, and 69 receptions. He has had 964, 859, and 857 yards receiving. There is a bit more variance with touchdowns, where he has had 10, 5, and 7, though that is still not a giant swing. What you will notice from these numbers is that his best season was three seasons ago (his second year in the league). I think that explains a lot of why so many consider him to be a disappointment.

    2. I sometimes see people say he has trouble staying on the field, but he has actually played in 59 of 64 possible regular season games (92%). This perception is tied to his mystery illness from the 2011 off-season, which did not actually cost him any games.

    The fact that he peaked in 2010 and then suffered from a mysterious (and thought at the time to be life-threatening) illness is probably the biggest cloud hanging over him. Even though his numbers from 2011 and 2012 are still pretty good, he just has not looked like the same player when you watch him. His first two-years in the league, he was an aggressive, physical player. We really have not seen that the last two years. It seems like he goes down more easily when hit (though this is not really supported by the YAC data), and he definitely has become less interested in blocking.

    What does all this add up to? For me he remains something of an enigma. He is a talented guy who consistently puts up good-but-not great numbers while never appearing to quite fulfill his potential.

    As to this season, I suspect they will run the ball too much for any of the receivers to have a true “breakout” season. That said, I suspect only one of Maclin and DeSean Jackson will be on the team in 2014, and if Maclin recommits to blocking and going over the middle it could very well be him who gets the spot.

  14. tombradyswig says: Jul 19, 2013 3:26 PM

    Go get ‘em: JOSH ALPER!! Set ‘em straight!

  15. lowerprovidencewarriors says: Jul 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    To describe Maclin in one word: soft (and not in reference to the hands either).

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 19, 2013 9:29 PM

    Chip Kelly is going to be all things to all people in Philly evidently. The naive optimism will turn to poison very quickly.

  17. 10and46httr says: Jul 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Offense will never work in NFL , here comes the second coming of steve spurrier.

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