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.