Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin got off to a sparkling start to his career as a rookie but due to injury and inconsistent play, he has tailed off a bit in recent seasons. Maclin became one of only 12 receivers to have at least 50 catches and 750 yards in his rookie season on his way to an impressive entrance into the league out of Missouri.
He showcased his explosiveness and impressive route running skills from day one and looked as if he would go onto greatness. While he has been a solid receiver putting up respectable numbers across the board, he has yet to turn into a superstar for the birds.
Is this a step the young man can still take? At only 25, I would hope so, as long as he stays on the field and continues working on his craft.
Another reason this is a make-or-break year of sorts for Maclin is that it is a contract year for him. If he doesn’t take a big step up this year, I am not sure if the Eagles can fork over big coin to keep him if he wants to be paid like a no. 1 wide receiver.
They already have one receiver locked up to a pretty big deal in DeSean Jackson, and it may not make a whole heck of a lot of financial sense to have big money tied up to two receivers in the salary cap era of football. For this reason Maclin needs to show GM Howie Roseman and company that he is worth keeping and is a key long-term piece for the Eagles going forward.
Maclin has all the skills to be a Pro Bowl wide receiver in this league, and he has often been compared to Reggie Wayne because of his style of play. it. Can he bring his game to an elite level? In head coach Chip Kelly‘s new wide open offense, I am betting on yes.