As promised, the offense of the Philadelphia Eagles was off the charts in 2013. Head Coach Chip Kelly was able to successfully transition his high-powered offense from Oregon to the NFL. The only thing missing from the team’s 2013 season, though, was WR Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin is a veteran wideout. He knows how to run crisp routes and has very soft hands. His alstt wo healthy seasons, Maclin’s were almost identical. He hauled in 63 receptions for 859 yards in 2011 and followed it up with 69 receptions for 857 yards in 2102.
The departure of DeSean Jackson, however, will open up a huge spot in Kelly’s offense. Maclin will instantly become a pivotal point in Philadelphia’s offense upon his return this year. He should see close to 100 targets and be able to post career numbers across the board.
Maclin missed the entire 2013 season. The veteran tore his ACL in training camp and unfortunately had to sit on the sideline for the entire year. Even worse, the fact that he sat out all year will put up behind with the playbook. Kelly’s game plan is very fast-paced and difficult to learn, so Maclin will be at an instant disadvantage after missing last year.
Additionally, Philadelphia is a running team, pure and simple. The team finished first in the NFL last year with 160.4 rushing yards per game and they arguably have the best running back in football in LeSeason McCoy. The team will always be a run-first team, and as a result, it will occasionally take away from the all-around numbers of the receivers.
Even more concerning, Philly drafted two wideouts in the 2014 NFL Draft. The team drafted Jordan Matthews in the second round and Josh Huff in the third round. Maclin will still be a starting wideout, but the fact hat they drafted two receivers in the first three rounds is certainly something worth monitoring.
Maclin will come with some risk this season, but he can still be a valuable option as a WR3. He will fall well past the first six rounds, so make sure to keep tabs on him towards the middle of the draft this summer.
Bye Week: 7
Projected Round: 7
Auction Value: $8