A ghost. A hologram. A spectator. Catch my drift?
It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of playing time, as Maclin was on the field for nearly just as many snaps as the Eagles’ other starter, WR DeSean Jackson. While Maclin struggled, Jackson proved to be a huge part of the Eagles’ success, catching 6 balls for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Maclin just couldn’t get open and couldn’t get QB Michael Vick‘s attention for the life of him, catching just one pass for 7 yards in the Sunday night contest.
Maclin’s season debut in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns looked very promising, as the wide-out grabbed 7 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
By Week 2, there were question marks stamped all over the wide receiver. Maclin didn’t catch a single pass until 4 minutes into the second half, when Vick threw him a 23-yard bullet for a touchdown.
During the next drive, Maclin would be carted off the field with a hip injury following a block he made for teammate TE Brent Celek. After missing Week 3 with the injury, Maclin’s anticipated return ended up being a huge flop with his dreadful 7 total yards from scrimmage.
So Philadelphia, is it time to start worrying about Maclin’s true NFL potential?
For me, the most alarming statistic is that while Maclin has always seemed like he has produced effectively throughout his career, the wide-out has never recorded a 1,000 yard season during his three years in the league.
Maclin missed three complete games last season due to injury, totaling just 859 yards and 5 touchdowns on 63 catches for the year. Although these numbers are respectable, Maclin has proven to be one of those players who can put together a huge performance, and then fall off the face of the earth for multiple weeks afterwards.
This type of inconsistency is not acceptable for a potential franchise wide receiver. Just last season, Maclin only had three 100 yard performances in 13 games, with a matching three games totaling 20 yards or less.
This differential is very worrisome.
I would rather have a wide receiver that produced a consistent, modest 70-80 yards a game, instead of praying for a huge day with the possibility of a complete no-show.
I refuse to accept the excuse that Maclin put together that horrendous 7-yard Sunday night performance because of his injured hip. If you are on the field, you play the game and produce like you are supposed to. If your’e not ready to play, take off your pads and let an able-bodied competitor fill the void.
Because on Sunday night, Maclin was just that, a void.
It is crucial for the Eagles, as well as Maclin’s future, that he comes ready to play next weekend when the birds head into Heinz Field to take on the always intimidating Pittsburgh Steelers.
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