A Few Notes On Maclin

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A few notes to pass along regarding Jeremy Maclin as the free agency period approaches:

— When Maclin addressed the media a day after the Eagles’ loss to the Saints he informed us that he had started running, and that the next step in the process was to begin working on lateral movement. He has since reached that stage, we’re told. He is rehabbing multiple times a day. Per team policy he can only be at the facility during certain hours. When he is finished there he’ll head home to do more work. The knee is said to be responding well.

— Maclin’s agent and Howie Roseman have had some preliminary talks. It has been made clear that the receiver’s first choice is to stay in Philadelphia. That doesn’t mean it’s a lock that he is back. Maclin will probably have several suitors, some of whom might be willing to offer more years and money than the Eagles are. What happens if he receives a multi-year deal from Team X and only a one-year deal from the Eagles? Depends on which team we’re talking about and how much money is on the table. Maclin’s camp will evaluate each scenario from a variety of angles before making a decision.




This doesn't feel like a "highest dollar" situation. Fit is important. The 25-year-old is open to playing on a one-year deal if need be.

-- Maclin tore his right ACL back in 2006 as well while playing for Missouri.  Roseman was asked how much that factors into the thinking when deciding whether to commit to Maclin moving forward.

"We rely on our doctors and our trainers. When they tell us the guy is healthy and has a good prognosis going forward, we trust that," he said.

The procedure for a second ACL tear can sometimes be more complicated. Frequently, a doctor will use the patella from the injured knee to repair the tear. If it was used in the first operation they'll often take a graft from healthy knee, so you are essentially recovering from two knee surgeries. Such was the case for Robert Griffin III, apparently.

For Maclin, they used a ligament from a cadaver the first time around, therefor the right patella was available to the surgeon for his most recent procedure.

The wideout anticipates that will be able to fully participant in OTAs this spring.

 

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  • Wiztopher

    If we can get Maclin back for a low risk one year deal whilst getting the level if play out of him we saw last season, could be a blessing in disguise.

  • Chris Jones

    You can’t afford to not bring maclin back. Cooper had a fluke year and avant is washed up. Sign him to a one year prove it deal and draft kelvin Benjamin first round. The only other alternative I see to cutting maclin is bringing in Eric decker but that would be serious money spent.

    • Crimzin

      They can’t afford Decker. They need to spend their FA money on a safety like Byrd or Ward. Better option is just to either resign both Mac and Coop, or let Coop walk and draft a big WR like Evans or Benjamin. I’d like to see Avant stay as a 4th but he would obviously have to restructure his contract.

  • Robert Baer

    “…they used a ligament from a cadaver the first time around…” Is this an inferior option? I wonder why they did this once but not again?

    • NickS1

      He went to James Andrews the second time, who refuses to use parts from a cadaver in pro athletes… I guess you could call the cadaver bits inferior, but it’s not by much. The biggest difference is in the rehab process. Fibers from your own body will naturally take to the grafting much more quickly and will also be stronger.

      • Explorer51

        Good article (though pretty detailed if you don’t mind lots of info) on autografts vs allografts; there are several sites on your body that orthos can take tissue from, kind of cool. I had an allograft (harvested from a cadaver) inserted in my knee almost a decade ago, I didn’t want to recover from two different surgeries though I’d probably feel differently if I was a professional athlete!

        http://www.orthoassociates.com/SP11B35/

        • NickS1

          Oddly, I was reading this site today. I just tore my ACL two weekends ago so I’m going through the whole process now. Sucks.

          • Explorer51

            If it’s a clean tear, with little or no meniscus damage, the surgery should be quick and straightforward. Two pieces of unsolicited advice: follow the infection protocol and rehab your ass off and your knee will be good as new. Best of luck.

          • NickS1

            Thanks man. Much appreciated.

    • Al

      You just don’t know what your getting with a cadaver, as far as how healthy it was. Also harder to match with length etc. The patella graft is more common now since the patella rejenurates, at least that’s what I was told when I had mine done in 09′

    • Media Mike

      Trick question; Maclin is a stiff, so the “cadaver” ligament was his own!

  • Will

    Cooper had pretty good year..not a fluke and is healthy. I say move on from Mac or a 1 year prove it deal…I hope he gets an offer we won’t match end of story…yet to get a 1,000 yd season out of him…

    • RIP illa

      How do you know it wasn’t a fluke?

    • dislikedisqus

      Foles and Coope had obviuous chemistry so as between the two I’d vote Cooper. That said, at the right price I’d be happy to have Maclin back. It wouldn’t shock me if they traded DJaX for a first round pick and drafted a big WR and brought back Maclin &Cooper

      • G_WallyHunter

        That’d be earth shattering, interesting..

      • Crimzin

        Um, no way they would do that. Jackson had a career year and unlike Cooper he’s been productive every year he’s been in this league. If they were going to draft a big WR in the first or second round, it’d be Cooper they’d let walk in free agency.

      • http://julianivey.com/ Julian Ivey

        That’s crazy talk. Defensive coordinators fear Jackson. Remember how Maclin and Jackson would stretch the field? We could have that again plus a big receiver.

      • anon

        50yds/gm to your wr2 is crazy chemistry?

        • Tommy McCabe Jr

          Outside of those 4 good games from weeks 6-10 that number goes down to 30yds/gm

          • deg0ey

            Yeah, no it doesn’t. Coopers yards/game this season in games that Nick Foles started was 72.5. If, for reasons I can’t quite figure out, you’ve decided that his four best games don’t count, then he’s averaging 49.7 yards per game.
            Unless the game against the Saints doesn’t count for some equally arbitrary reason, in which case he’s only on 46.7 yards per game.

          • Broadcasting Wisdom

            I see the Cooper bashers were out in full force yesterday. Thank you for injecting some reason to the discussion. Cooper was one of the best WR2’s in the game last year, has amazing hands, great deep ball catcher, and has deceptive 4.5 speed. I would take him over Maclin.

            Also it is beyond ridiculous that people talk about how he has only had ONE good year. That is like saying Steve Young only had ONE good year after his 1991 campaign. You can’t have a good year if you don’t have the opportunity.

          • GEAGLE

            They are just fools who actually think we are going to lose young players from our core…silly fools. We ain’t losing any young players who played well…we will add to our young players not subtract them

          • Tommy McCabe Jr

            Four years in the NFL playing on a team full of the same WRs that you now think he is better than but he never had a chance? Yes, WE”RE the fools haha.

          • Tim Hurles

            Maclin is soft, Jackson is a one trick pony, Avant needs to be gone. and Cooper I feel proved to be solid this year. I believe we need some size and toughness in our WR core. A guy like Benjamin would fill that void but I doubt we could or would use the 22 pick on him. As for gearing up for Foles, Boykin, and Cox extensions. I still believe that Boykin shouldnt expect a huge payday he is a slot/nickel corner its not like he is among the leagues elite at his position. Cox I am still not sold on him based on where he was drafted I think he is expendable at this point. Foles if he is able to continue his maturation will be the only one out of those three who will truly garner top dollar.

          • Tommy McCabe Jr

            Wrong. I say outside of the 4 big games because he showed his “average” self down the stretch. My bad give him 40. You cant forget the fat 0 rec for 0 yds in the first Giants game. I watched the dude play at Florida and hes average at best.

          • Crimzin

            Nobody’s saying that his 4 best games don’t count. Just that outside of those 4 games, he was mediocre at best. Oh, and one of those 4 games was against Oakland, where he was matched up against a rookie corner who looked terrible, and that game accounted for roughly 25% of his ENTIRE SEASON’S production. I’m not saying the guy sucks. He proved that he can be a serviceable receiver in this league – something he’d yet to establish through his first 3 seasons in the league. But he’s a one trick pony who can’t get open in the short to mid range passing game. What was different about this season as opposed to the previous 3 seasons where Cooper was totally ineffective? Foles, and Chip Kelly’s system. Guess what? Neither of those two are going anywhere, so there’s no reason to believe that a younger receiver can’t come in and have success. Maclin has been productive every year he’s been in the league. He’s great on 3rd down and showed great chemistry with Foles during the limited time they had to play together in 2012. Unlike Cooper, he can get open anywhere on the field.

      • Matt

        People forget that Maclin was Foles’ go to guy in the games he started at the end of the 2012 season. He has plenty of chemistry with Maclin as well as Cooper.

        • Explorer51

          Yeah, including that clutch TD catch with no time left in Foles’ first win, that big comeback against Tampa Bay…

          • Crimzin

            Agreed. Maclin hasn’t had time to play in this system yet, but as long as he is healthy I have no doubt he will excel. He has the speed and he as far as I’m concerned he has always been a great 3rd down/clutch receiver.

    • Crimm

      Are you high? Cooper has never had a 1,000 yard season either. In fact, this year was his only season that was productive at all. He really only had 3 good games and the rest of the time he was average at best. 25% of his whole season’s production came in one game against Oakland – a game in which he spent most of his time matched up against a rookie corner who looked lost. Maclin’s numbers are better than Cooper’s across the board. Unlike Cooper, he can get open anywhere on the field.

    • BleedGreenJames

      Sorry, but you don’t know if Cooper was a fluke or not. If you look at Coop’s career numbers compared to this season, they actually scream one year wonder. That’s up to Chip and Howie, though. Honestly, I think he would have been cut for what happened in the summer if not for Mac, Benn being lost for the year.

  • jon h

    At what point is he no longer allowed to use the Eagles Rehab facility and how close is he at this point. Wonder if that will factor into his resigning with us.

  • GEAGLE

    Cooper will be back, I’m not worried about him at all..
    Maclin could be back, but it wouldn’t be that lucrative for him because we wouldn’t be able to count on him…Avant and Brad Smith get replaced NEXT offseason.
    Expecting 2 WRs drafted in first 5 rounds, replacing Maehl and damaris

    • Beastmode

      Geagle , no love for b smith? U think we can upgrade from him?

      • theycallmerob

        it makes me upset that we can’t find just one capable, if not very good/great KR/PR to relieve DJax and Boykin of those responsibilities. I think they’re great back there, just as much as the next fan, but both dudes are “slight” and I couldn’t stand losing them to injury on ST. I’ll admit that Boykin’s concussion late in the season reinforced that fear.

        So, if someone like a DAT gets drafted late, or CB Richardo Allen (Purdue), they could take over full-time in that 5th WR/4th CB role and play a limited role in sub packages only as a rookie. I imagine that was part of the hope for Pryor last year. He, DJ2, and Brad Smith all left me unimpressed this year. I love watching PR on some teams because you just never know- Tavon Austin, Cordarelle Patterson, Trindon Holliday, and of course Hester.

        • anon

          All of the best KR/PRs in the league hit FA this year. I think that’s one FA move we do make b/c it’s clear we need help at the position.

          • GEAGLE

            Nah!! Returning kicks is a young mans game..instead of signing the top return men of the past(Hester and Ginn), we need to find the next hEster or Ginn…

            Can’t be dumping serious money into veteran return men…Draft a return man(Chip had his eyes on Cordarrel Patterson last year, so I hear)…draft a kid who can return kicks for us the next 5 years while also filling a depth role at another position

      • GEAGLE

        I included Brad.. Good ST player, fools only will look at the returns but he was really solid on our coverage teams..
        ..
        Think Maehl and Damaris get replaced this offseason
        Avant and Brad get upgraded next offseason

        We won’t be replacing 4Wrs in one offseason like silly fans think.
        Damaris and Maehl get upgraded this year! Brad And Avant get upgraded next year…
        .
        Hopfully FOles will have something like this to work with next year:
        Desean
        Coop
        Benjamin or Evans
        Landry or Brandin Cooks
        Avant(pay cut)
        Brad Smith
        Ertz
        Celek,
        Casey

        Then next year, you upgrade Avant and Brad with more youthful speed

    • Crimzin

      What are you talking about? “We wouldn’t be able to count on him?” Brad Smith is on the roster to return kickoffs and run the wildcat (stupid as I think it is). He’s not there to be a starting receiver. Avant is going to have to restructure his contract to return as a #4 next season. He was serviceable as a #3 this season but his best days are behind him. It’s FAR from guaranteed that Cooper will come back. He’s been massively overrated by less-educated Eagles fans. 25% of the guy’s production came in ONE game against the Raiders where he was matched up against a rookie cornerback who looked horrible. He really only had 3 good games on the season and for the rest of the games he was just mediocre at best. He struggles to get open within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and is clearly very limited athletically whereas Maclin can make plays anywhere on the field.

      Anybody with half a brain can see that Maclin is the more talented player. The numbers support it. Part of the reason that Cooper’s yards per catch is so high is that he is completely ineffective in the short to mid range passing game. Throughout Maclin’s short career, he has had just as many catches for 20+ yards each year as Cooper had this year but FAR more short to mid-range catches. Look at what Desean Jackson did this year with Foles in Kelly’s spread offense. Just imagine what Maclin could do. If they’re going to draft a WR early in the draft, it would make way more sense to have it be a big WR like Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin and let Cooper walk. Just imagine what a WR trio of Jackson, Maclin and Evans or Benjamin could do with Avant as the #4 and Zach Ertz becoming a bigger part of the offense. Maclin has already said he is open to signing a 1-year “prove it” deal with the Eagles, or they could sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal with no guaranteed money in the last year which would allow them to cut losses if he busts or control him for another year or two if he plays well, which would benefit them since they are going to have to deal with a lot of players coming off their rookie contracts (Foles, Boykin, Cox etc.) looking for more money after this year.

  • Bobby

    Jackson, Cooper, Maclin, McCoy and Foles! Please if only for one season! Plus Celek and Ertz. Just call the whole squad the Untouchables! Cause that’s how sick they would be.

    • thaGOAT

      You can replace Cooper with somebody and still be as great. Like Benjamin from FSU or even the 6’7 guy Chip Kelly has been working with as a project. Cooper IS NOT the answer.

      • Bobby

        Yea the Giant 6’7 WR who couldn’t even run a route without tripping over his own feet during pre season. Yea he should def put up multiple TDs this year. Come on man! Dude couldn’t even catch the ball during practice one on one drills. Yup, hey coach pull cooper and put this guy in. Why? Cause he’s taller and cooper is lucky. Womp Womp Womp

        • thaGOAT

          Monah is my last resort type guy. He’s not just taller but more athletic. Kelly must see something in him to still have him around right? Cooper did good for us in 2013 but I feel like that was his ceiling. What did he do vs the saints? Besides drop a crucial first down pass..

          • Bobby

            Your right I’ll give you the saints game. But he wasn’t the only player who disappeared in that game. I just don’t see if it’s possible why anyone wouldn’t want three young good WRs. The Eagles have plenty of money to spend. Stop shelling out huge contracts to older players, Namdi. And start giving generous contracts that lock these young players up for a couple years. Or we can let cooper go and he can go on to be the next burgess or Clemons.

          • thaGOAT

            at the right price I’d love Cooper back but I feel like he’s going to want more than he is worth, Maclin will sign a one year deal unless another team wants to risk a long term deal. I just feel like Chip can find another Cooper in the late rounds of the draft if he goes.

        • Tommy McCabe Jr

          You realize Momah hadn’t played competitively since he tore up his knee in 2010 right? Hes a low risk/high reward type of player like Bamiro that could turn into a stud if given the opportunity.

          • Bobby

            Yea I do realize that. Another reason not to count on him as a starter this year. Another reason to keep around guys who have showed they can produce in the NFL on Sundays. Of course I want momah to turn into something as much as the next guy. But Im not banking on a guy to be our number 2 WR who looked awful just last preseason.

          • Tommy McCabe Jr

            I may be reading others comments wrong, but I don’t think anyone that brings his name up believes he’s the number 2, That’s Maclin’s spot to lose. If he could step up and replace say Demaris Johnson as the 4 and compete with a draft pick, say Kelvin Benjamin, its win-win. On the same token I’m not sold on the whole Cooper is productive front. He only had 3 good games, 4 including the 88 yard Dallas game. Other than that, a lot of 30-40 yard games. That just doesn’t cut the mustard as a #2 in this offense. That’s just my opinion though.

          • Bobby

            Well I think maybe you are reading comments wrong. Cause that’s exactly what we are talking about. Cooper is the number 2 WR. If he is not resigned apparently momah or a fsu rookie can come in and put up numbers that won’t make us miss cooper. If that’s not what were talking about then I have no idea what were talking about.

          • Bobby

            I’m not a huge Cooper supporter or anything. I think I need to see atleast one more year of production. But I don’t want a drop off at WR just to save alittle money.

          • Tommy McCabe Jr

            My apologies, I see where I went off track. I was reading all the Maclin and Benjamin comments from the beginning, then theGOAT threw the Momah wrench into the project. I was under the impression to that point that we were all in agreement that Maclin was to come back as #2 and a guy like say Benjamin or Momah would compete for that tall red zone WR role. Haha my bad. For the record, I like Cooper, but not for the money hes likely to command and def not as the #2. In my honest opinion, Maclin will come back strong and Coop will be forgotten Week 1. Anything that a potential rookie or Momah brings is just icing on the cake.

    • Crimzin

      I’d rather have them replace Cooper with a young guy with a higher ceiling. Sorry but Cooper is overrated. He had ONE good year and a huge amount of his production came from 3 good games – 1 game against the RAIDERS to be more specific. The rest of the time he was mediocre at best. He is athletically limited and can’t get open within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. They’re better off drafting a bigger, more physical receiver like Evans or Benjamin.

      Jackson, Evans/Benjamin, Maclin, McCoy and Foles with Celek and Ertz sounds a LOT better to me.

      • Bobby

        Expecting a rookie wide receiver to come in and produce the numbers that cooper put up plus run block the way he does is being awfully optimistic. Even drafting a WR in the first round is always guaranteed production. Eagles fans should know this much ” the people’s champ”. Come one. Plus the learning curve is to steep for a rookie WR. Now I’m not saying don’t draft a WR that you would expect to become Better then cooper. But WR don’t grow on trees. Bring back cooper and see if he can continue to produce. Jackson cooper malcin. And bring in WR who can learn and grow the first year. I’d like to see my eagles win a Super Bowl before I die. So everyone so willing to throw out perfectly good TDs and yards in favor of this spectacular rookie WR that were apparently landing who is the real deal. Please shut it

        • Crimzin

          I’m not sour on Cooper. It’s a matter of cap space. The Eagles need to be frugal because they’re going to have several guys (Foles, Cox, Boykin etc) coming off their rookie contracts next offseason looking for significant money. Bringing back Maclin AND Cooper probably isn’t practical if the Eagles are going to shell out money for a free agent safety like Byrd or Ward, which I think they really need to do. If they can manage it, fine. But if not, I just don’t see how anyone can make the argument that they should retain Coop over Maclin. The latter is just way more talented. I’d be perfectly happy with Jackson, Maclin and Coop as our starting 3. That said, I don’t think it’s unrealistic at all to expect good performance out of a guy like Evans or Benjamin in Kelly’s system, even as rookies. I think you have an inflated opinion of Cooper. The guy has been in the league for 4 years and hasn’t done a thing until this past season. He is athletically limited and can’t get open within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage to save his life. All signs point to his production being a product of the system he was in and the accurate quarterback that was throwing at him. Both of those things are going to be here this coming season, so yes, I think that Evans or Benjamin could excel and both players have a much brighter future than Cooper.

          • Bobby

            If it is so easy to excel in Kelly’s system or as you put it product of. Then why is his record setting Oregon WR having such a hard time seeing the field? Like I said keep all 3 for one year. Bring Mac back on a cap friendly one year. We have coopers racial slur on our side as far as negotiations too. I’m sticking to it. I respect your opinion but come September I have a feeling I’ll say I told you so.

  • thaGOAT

    Cooper had most his yards in the Raider game. Stay with Maclin, let him prove himself and let Cooper go. Draft another WR in draft and offense is just as, if not more potent.

  • Adam

    I’d much rather bring back Maclin than Cooper, even if it cost us more. I don’t trust Coopers numbers this season. Outside of a few games he wasn’t anything worth big money. Bring back Mac.

    • theycallmerob

      my personal caveat to that statement would be “on a 1yr deal only”

      • cliff henny

        actually, get him on a bradley fletcher or chung type contract. give him 3m(or whatever fmv is) in both ’14 and ’15, but make ’15 non guarenteed with little or no dead money. that way if he kills it, they can control him 1 more yr, and if he doesnt, part ways.

        • Crimzin

          I think this is the best idea since ’15 is the year they will have to deal with guys like Foles, Cox and Boykin coming off of their rookie contracts and looking for big money extensions. This way they’ll save money at the WR spot whether he’s good or bad. If he’s good, they still get to enjoy his services for a relative bargain in ’15. If not, they can cut him loose.

          • Michael Pahl

            And ERTZ! :-)

    • BleedGreenJames

      This so much.

    • borntosuffer

      I’d be happy to have Maclin back. But, Cooper has shown he is a solid fill-in for the #2 WR, blocks well and is a big special teams contributor. He definitely has value.

      • Adam

        I don’t feel there’s anything Cooper can do that isn’t easily replaced. But that’s just me.

        • borntosuffer

          I can appreciate that. But, I’d be a bit nervous counting on a rookie to replace what Cooper did last year in this coming year. Guess we’ll find out what Chip thinks pretty soon.

      • Cafone

        And that’s how they should bring him back, if they bring him back at all: as a backup. Maclin is a legitimate #2, maybe even a #1 for some teams.

        Cooper is a backup without future upside. If the Eagles can find a younger guy to replace him, a guy that may be a potential starter in a few years, then they should do it.

    • d33x

      My only worry is that Maclins knee doesn’t hold up to what he was before.. I love the kid, and he has had a

    • jakethesnake

      stupid thing to say…Maclin is as soft as Charmin….and now 2 ops on the same knee….he hates to block and makes mistakes at crunch time….if they bring them both back….Maclin won’t be playing much by mid season

  • Tag

    I’d be happy if they draft Kelvin Benjamin (FSU), Mike Evans (T A&M) or Allen Robinson (Penn State) with their first or second pick. These receivers are huge upgrade over Riley Cooper and JMac with a bum knee.

    • Media Mike

      Not a bad move long term, but you’d be worse at WR next year as a result. None of those guys would be able to step in (expecially Benajmin and Evans due to playing in gimmick systems) and contribute right away. Drafting any of those 3 guys with an eye on making them a starting in 2015 would be best. A one year deal for Maclin would be a nice bridge.
      Also, Cooper might sign for #3 guy money.

      • Tag

        Just wait and see Cooper will demand #1 salary. Chip Kellys offense isn’t rocket science these receivers would have no problem contributing first year. Remember Cooper took 2 years to grasp Reids west coast offense. For our current receivers I didn’t notice any learning curve with Kellys offense. I’m all up for Mac returning in 1 year 2 million salary.

        • Media Mike

          Cooper is welcome to #1 money from 31 teams, but not ours.

          Benjamin and Evans don’t run a full route tree, so they’d have to learn how to run NFL routes and new plays. All of the existing pro guys on our roster were learning from the moment Kelly was hired in January and already know how to run NFL routes. Counting on a rookie WR, especially if you draft one from gimmick systems like FSU and TAMU, isn’t smart. Those guys are all great talents, but you’ll need a year. Phil Savage flat out said whoever drafts Benjamin especially would need to do so with an eye on 2015.

      • anon

        It’s not like we run a WC offense, i honestly don’t think it would be a problem system was new to everyone last year people picked it up fine, some took longer. Ertz seemed fine. Plus how hard can it be just to lob it up to Evans and let him catch it?

      • Eagles4Life

        Lol what was a gimmick about FSU’s system? I’d maybe agree with you to a degree about A&M, but definitely not FSU.

        • Media Mike

          They don’t run a pro-style system in the manner done by O’Brien at Penn State. The run around QB stuff massively alters how guys run routes.

          • Eagles4Life

            I’m going to go out on a limb and say you haven’t watched FSU much. Jimbo’s offense is multiple and definitely pro style in several facets. Like I said, with A&M, sure…but you’re definitely wrong about FSU.

  • anon

    Anyone thinking about taking Blount in FA? Maybe trade BB (though he’s my favorite player). I don’t know if he fits in the blocking scheme, i think NE uses more power runs than zone but we need a big body back for short yardage and ground and pound situations. I was really impressed with what the Pats did with Ridley and Blount and Vareen.

    That said i do think a move the pile type RB is needed on this team.

    • Coatesvillain

      No, because despite his size Blount isn’t a good short yardage back.

      One thing I do want to take away from the Patriots is how they use Shane Vereen. Really think the Eagles should try to use Bryce Brown in a similar manner. Despite his size that’s a role that he is more suited to play.

    • JofreyRice

      Bryce Brown is your favorite player? Really?

    • Crimzin

      Blount is overrated. AFC Championship anyone? 5 carries for 6 yards. BEAST.

      Could they use a 2nd RB who is more of a power runner? Sure. But it’s not a huge need. Right now it looks to me like Chris Polk has earned a shot at the #2 spot on the depth chart. Bryce Brown was disappointing last season whereas Polk played very well when he was called on. In terms of height and weight he’s pretty much right there with Brown, but he looks a lot stronger running the ball to me.

  • Rick H

    Chemistry between a QB & receiver has always been critical for the 50 plus years I have watched pro football. Cooper will be back! Calling him overrated is naive. He is not great by any means but he is much better then a lot of people on this board understand. Thankfully the Eagles & Chip Kelly know it. You still bring in top tier receivers but you keep Cooper. MACLIN is a very good player but 2 Knee injuries are a high high risk! I see him back on a one year proof it deal and if he performs well & stays injury free he gets his deal.

    • GEAGLE

      Yeah i wouldn’t be too worried about losing coop…the two sides will work it out

  • daggolden

    Cant imagine a career 60 catch 800 yard a year injury prone receiver is in high demand. There are 50 Maclins out there.

    • bentheimmigrant

      There really aren’t many WRs hitting FA this year.

  • Media Mike

    I’m all for upgrading the #2 WR spot, but be careful if you want to do that with a rookie in 2014. Guys aren’t often ready to contribute in the NFL if they’ve been playing with non-pro passing systems in college. The one year deal for Maclin coupled with taking a WR early could be the best way to go.

    • Tag

      Good defenses we faced past year were all playing man coverages against us and the result Kellys offense struggled. Remember Kansas city, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Dallas, Cardinals, New Orleans all played man so we need those big bodied receivers. This year with a healthy RG3, Giants bouncing back and typical Dallas it would be a struggle to win the division. No need to count on rookie recievers with the presence of DJac and possibly Mac these WR’s would be a luxury pick but down the road we might need these receivers as you might know DJac dissapears in playoffs and Mac is known to drop crucial catches in those moments.

      • Media Mike

        Throws to DJac disappear in the playoffs. Feed him the football and he’ll make plays. A full offseason of Foles as starter working with DeSean is going to pump his numbers even further in 2014.

        • Tag

          DJac couldn’t beat Keenan Lewis…lets hope a full off season fix this issue.

          • Media Mike

            Dude, that “highlight” film of Lewis “covering” Jackson had Jackson looking open on most of it. The ball need to be thrown his way, he’s open.

          • Tag

            Well Jacksons paid like a top 5 receiver… do you think he worth that money?

          • Media Mike

            I do. He sets the coverage on every play, makes huge plays, and in one of the most unique threats in the NFL. He’s a flat out superstar with 3 pro bowls (09, 10, 13). Those types of players don’t grow on trees. He’ll exceed his great numbers from this year next year with ease.

  • Explorer51

    Interesting take from a KC site; this particular writer says that Maclin will be a FA target for the Chiefs, though he prefers Golden Tate ( I doubt Seattle let’s him go). A good read, including some disturbing facts on Maclin’s drop rates…

    http://arrowheadaddict.com/2014/01/20/kansas-city-chiefs-fa-targets-jeremy-maclin-vs-golden-tate/

  • Ryan

    bring maclin back on 1yr deal and coop should give us a good deal for not cutting him this offseason , and we draft defense this year , id like a saftey or an olb

  • charlie

    Kansas City? From Missouri, played at Mizzou and played for Andy Reid.

  • jakethesnake

    love the posts that want maclin over cooper….they forget how maclin goes down so easy, gets dinged constantly, hates to block and fails in crunch time…..cooper is actually more valuable….chip kelly would tell you chumps the same thing