Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper Now Become Main Focus
After totally outplaying their expectations in 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles now find themselves preparing for what will be a rather difficult offseason. Heading into the season, the talk was all about the expiring contract of then-starting quarterback Michael Vick. However, now that the team has found it’s quarterback of the future in Nick Foles, the Eagles’ focus has shifted from under center to wide receiver.
Jeremy Maclin was the Eagles’ top offensive target in 2012 as he led the team in receptions, yards receiving and touchdowns by a large margin. Unfortunately, the stellar wideout suffered a torn ACL this offseason, and didn’t wind up playing a single snap in 2013. To make matters even worse, Maclin is now a free agent which means he could easily go back home to the St. Louis Rams – a team that Maclin grew up rooting for and that is in dire need of a wide receiver.
Meanwhile, the Eagles also have to worry about the fate of pending free agent Riley Cooper. Despite an infamous off-the-field debacle that saw Cooper use the N-word, he was one of the NFC’s top wide receivers with eight touchdowns and 885 receiving yards. Most importantly, Cooper developed an obvious chemistry with Foles, who could be shaken if Cooper is not brought back to Philadelphia.
With all of that being said, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman should have the funds to lock up one, it not both of these two potential All-Pro wide receivers. Moving forward, Roseman will have to decide on what he and head coach Chip Kelly want this Eagles’ offense to look like for the next four or five years.