Three Leftovers On the Maclin Deal

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Here are three leftovers on the Jeremy Maclin deal:

1. DeSean Jackson led the Eagles in targets last year with 126. Riley Cooper was second with 84 and Jason Avant third (76). LeSean McCoy had 65; Zach Ertz 56; and Brent Celek 50.


Among that group, the only player who likely won't be back is Avant. Meanwhile, the Eagles are adding Jeremy Maclin back to the mix and potentially more, depending on what they do in the draft and free agency. So a question worth asking is: Will there be enough targets to go around?

"When you look at how many offensive plays that you have over the course of the season, there’s a lot of opportunities to spread the ball around, get people involved," said GM Howie Roseman. "I don’t think you have to look further than when you look at the Denver Broncos and how many options they have in their passing game and how big of an advantage that is when you have guys all around the field and you can get different personnel groups and that’s what we’re looking to do. We're looking to be an explosive, dynamic offense and when you talk about the skills that he has, Jeremy, certainly he adds to that group."

The Broncos mention was an interesting one. Denver, of course, dropped 52 points on the Eagles in Week 4. Eight different offensive players caught balls in that game, and four different guys had at least four catches.

The bottom line is simple: the more weapons, the better. Oh, and great quarterback play doesn't hurt either.

2. Speaking of the Broncos, I'm surprised Maclin didn't at least test the free agency market. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Jets and Broncos were interested. Why not at least see what those teams were willing to offer and then come back to the Eagles? Wouldn't the one-year deal still have been there?

Maclin admitted that he did his homework on what other opportunities would be available.

"When you’re in a situation where you’re headed into free agency, those are all things that you have to do," he said. "If you don’t do it, then you’re not really doing what you’re supposed to do. So obviously you look at everything. You look at everything around the league, you look at receiver depth, you look at quarterbacks, you look at cap room, you look at everything. That’s just what you have to do. So I think my agent kept me informed and he provided me with a lot of information about what’s going on in the league."

Maclin is clearly excited about his fit in this offense. He watched from the sidelines last year as Cooper put up career numbers, often facing man coverage on the outside with no safety help. Maclin will get his share of those opportunities and will likely see more time in the slot as well.

"I think my ability to be versatile, my ability to be able to do everything that a receiver needs to do is what’s gonna help," he said. "My ability to beat man to man coverage, I think is a big one. So that’s what I’m looking forward to."

3. Yesterday we explained that the Eagles had an advantage in knowing all the details of Maclin's knee injury because the wide receiver was doing his rehab in house.

Roseman provided some background on why the team still wanted Maclin back even though he's had two torn ACLs in the same knee.

"When you study the two ACLs, you see it in guys who have one that eventually they have another ACL injury at some point in time," he said. "Sometimes it balances out guys and sometimes it’s just the nature of a freak injury. And so we went back then and looked at also ACLs in receivers that are 26 and under and looked at the research on those guys and where they came out next year, and it was all really positive. We put that together with our medical reports and we just felt like this was the right move for our football team."

It helps that Maclin's injury occurred back in July. By the time Week 1 rolls around, he'll be more than a year removed from surgery.

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  • G_WallyHunter

    Fly eagles fly!!!
    Is it possible that this offseason is going to trump last offseason? Damn
    Great read, great info, haven’t been this happy to be an Eagles fan in a long time. Defense plays like a top 10-15 unit and this offense will take care of the rest.
    On the road to victory!!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Trust our trainers and sports science department more then ever…they been with MAC every day, a guy who turns down Multi year security so he can show you what he can do on a one year deal is someone I wouldn’t bet against. This man is certainly acting like someone who expects to have a big year…nothing makes me happier then hearing him tell reporters 200 times that he doesn’t look at this as a one year deal…projected Cap rises to 140-150 mil certainly make it more possible

    • G_WallyHunter

      Good. And we all know Foles is going to keep his damn head down all offseason, block everything out, come back that much better. Damn
      The sight of Foles dropping back behind the best Oline in the league and having a PLETHORA of quality targets to progress through. Defense improves and this team is damn scary, anybody who knows football can plainly see.

      • GEAGLE

        Must suck being a cowboys,giants,skins fan this week. My giants buddies haven’t text me all week lol

        • George

          I think that with the new weapons, chip will go faster than he ever did last year. Get the linemen on much better shape, and then tell recievers that they get one drive, and then rotate. I was waiting all last year for the offense to go into warp-speed and never saw it (granted, i live in CT & didn’t see all the games, still catching up now), but I think we will see it this year. The other nfc east teams have a reason to be scared… esp. if we can get dion & the byrdman. If that happens, we’ll be sb contenders THIS year.

          • EaglefaninAZ

            Agreed. Speed kills, and with the players having had one season of the pace under their belts, I can only see an increase in that speed this year. I don’t enjoy watching other offenses these days, as all the huddling is boring as hell.

          • GEAGLE

            Right!!! After the skins Monday night game, huddling became unbearable

          • GEAGLE

            Oh absolutely!! Tempo will get turned up a notch this year (eat shit Saban!!!)…just think, 365 days ago, Herremens, JP and Kelce Dogg were still rehabbing, this year they get to enjoy the entire offseason program, right now is the Bulk up phase according to Kelce. Our Oline did a great job rehabbing and coming to camp in shape, this year that should be turned up a notch. The strength of this team will be both our lines, and that’s a damn good recipe to win games.

            Our guys have never been asked to block the way Stoutland wants, which is all about catching defenders and attacking them using angles. It was new to all our linemen. New technique, new concepts, new offense..Our line is going to be so much better this year! like I really think we haven’t seen barely anything of what this line will really be capable of. If our line stays healthy for one more year, defenses are getting MAULED!!!

            This offense was so different from anything our guys have played in before and they set friggin franchise records in everything. This year it’s going to be a scary offense. I’m sure we will start dumping resources into improving our ability to get off the field on 3rd down….we are a TOUGH Nickle defense, and safeties in your base defense away from being a SCARY TEAM Across the board!

          • GEAGLE

            and we will definitely play at a faster tempo then we did last year now that our QB and OL has had a year experiencing the high tempo pace…

          • paul from nc

            Agreed the WR’s are a strength. What do you feel the odds are that the O line holds up all year without injury? That’s my concern. If he has no time to throw and can’t get away from the rush, it doesn’t matter who they have running routes.

          • FishFryFrank

            An understandable concern. However keep in mind that the fitness regimen that Kelly introduced went a long way in keeping the players fit … and consequently, healthy. When the body runs down it can become more susceptible to injury. And yes, it should also be acknowledged that injuries can simply be the result of a flukish turn of events.
            Still, with Herremanns and Peters aging, it’s going to be real important to develop viable replacements in the course of this upcoming season.

        • cliff henny

          this week? non-Texas/SW’ern USA Cowboys’ fans are the scum of the earth.

        • G_WallyHunter

          This division is eagles for the taking again this year. Lol cowboys and releasing Ware, Jerry saying he hasn’t been on the field (plays 8 years straight and misses a few games last year), jeeze, being a cowgirls fan would just suck so bad.

          • George

            well lets intercept another mistake from the ‘girls

          • G_WallyHunter

            They just suck. Happy that them and the ginas are in such a bad spot. Skins I think are the biggest threat right now, new smart coach and rg3 should at least be better, boatload of cap space (29mil), will be interesting to see what that do in coming weeks. Orakpo might get slapped with tag or test market, dono why they haven’t signed

  • cliff henny

    Howie, keep on signing offensive guys, it’s a lot more fun to talk/read about that side of the ball.
    .
    my favorite quote…”My ability to beat man to man coverage, I think is a big one. So that’s what I’m looking forward to.” good luck defenses, all eagles were missing opposite D-Jax last year.

    • Will

      Defense win Championships! Now that the Offense is set time to address SS,FS and OLB….

      • cliff henny

        not the 80′s and 90′s. being great at one side of the ball or dominating group (ie Giants d-line) wins championships. 30+ ranked defenses have won championships over past 12 yrs. dont be prisoner of the moment with Seattle, Denver had a bad o-line Manning covered up that finally got exposed. definitely agree defense needs to get better, though doubt we’ll ever see much more than bottom end of top 10 defense. Eagles are an offensive team, it needs to be top rank beast. Seems they are well on their way.

        • Will

          This Offense needs a Defense no excuses with cap room, free agency and the draft the Eagles should go heavy on Defensive side of the ball.

          • cliff henny

            certainly, but your point was ‘defenses win championships’, and that’s not true, anymore. Eagles will be an offensive tilted team, that’s their identity. teams like Cowboys switch back and forth, never owning what they are. offense isnt set, i want great, and top 10 defense that continues to force turnovers and plays solid red zone defense.

      • GEAGLE

        No more NT talk, PLEASE!! I thought I clarified the NT situation already!!!

      • Maggie

        From what the Eagles are saying, they are quite happy with the Nose Tackle THEY have at the moment. Of course, everything is subject to change at any moment, especially in sports, lol.

    • G_WallyHunter

      What’s the next move? Lock up the punter?
      Draft, DB OLB WR is that pretty much what everyones guessing depending in BPA?

      • cliff henny

        Next will be about getting D-Jax’s contract in-line. guessing a 3yr 8m/per, sure it’ll get reported as 5/40m.
        .
        sounds good to me, draft OLB, WR and safety 1,2,3 in some order. after some cuts, think Eags will have about 20m to use in FA, and still rollover 12-15m.

        • G_WallyHunter

          How resistent will Djax be to something that decreases his money this season lol

          • NickS1

            Probably not too resistant. He seems to understand the business of it and that it’s the guarantees that really matter.

          • G_WallyHunter

            What’s his guarantee this year, none I believe, so ya I agree he won’t be too resistant lol, we’ll see. Hope they workout something close to what henny said

          • cliff henny

            he knew the day he signed that contract wasnt seeing 12m in ’14. i’d be more worried if there was a different GM than one that negotiated contract, like in Miami.

          • G_WallyHunter

            HAHA 30 mil guaranteed, I got such a kick out of that when it happened, now its unfolding only a year later hahaha

      • Token

        Cant lock up Jones until FA starts.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Right, unless he’s tagged today or tomorrow?

          • GEAGLE

            I’m under the impression we already have a deal with Donnie and are just waiting til the 11th to make it official. One of those situations, where he hits the open market, but doesn’t REALLY hit the open market, not entertaining any offers. This requires Howie to trust his agent, but Howie seems to have endeared himself to agents everywhere with how he has been conducting business…don’t really make sense for an agent to screw Howie over

    • NickS1

      Let’s hope he still has the speed to beat man coverage.

      Also, I was out with my Cowboys fan friend last night, and a few weeks back he got all salty when I was telling him how bad their cap situation was. Last night, he conceded that they’re in way worse shape then he ever realized. He’s coming to grips with Ware being gone. Also thinks the Giants try to sign him if he does get cut.

      • cliff henny

        haha, Ware’s going from the toilet to a urinale. yeah, i’m loving the cap going up. Gives Eagles more money to resign more players while addressing more needs in FA and allowing for drafting BPA freaks that Kelly can coach up, while Dallas is still stuck in neutral. yeah, ’16 and ’17 caps wont be as crappy as i wanted, though Eagles cap will be just that much better. could argue that increase hurts Cowboys, cause they’re still handcuffed, while well managed teams have increased reign. JJ’s only option is to continue to leverage future, or face fact that current group cant get it down, eat next 2 yrs, and then you have Romo.
        .
        i’d be little more nervous about Mac’s health if contract was for 1.5m, let’s say. this 3.5m-5.5m means they ran that knee thru every test known to man, and some Hals dreamed up on acid.

        • NickS1

          Everything I’ve seen just says he’s where he’s supposed to be, which is he’s running, but he’s not cutting yet. I’m pretty confident he’ll be fine. Clearly the FO feels similarly.

          • cliff henny

            on a side not, very happy ACLs and achilles like injuries arent the career enders like they were just 5-7 yrs ago. hated reading about any player that went from professional athlete to unemployed in a split second.

    • paul from nc

      Has everybody forgotten how bad we are on defense? You’re all talking like we should go to the Bowl. Unless we significantly improve on D, we’ll be lucky to make the playoffs again.
      That might be too strong, since the division is so weak, but probably won’t win a playoff game.

      • Jeff Asay

        Couldn’t agree more. Only decent team they beat last year was the Cardinals, and almost lost that. Offense would disappear for entire halves, like against the Cards. Eagles can win Division again, but they need better D, better kicking game, more offensive continuity, and good health again.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    First off, I’m happy with the signing. However, there is one thing that continues to bug me regarding both the reporting and commenting on various Maclin articles. I’ve brought it up before, but it still irks me that everyone seems to miss this point regularly. Including college ball, Maclin has now had THREE surgeries on the same knee. I know I’m probably sensitive to this misinformation having had six knee surgeries myself, Four on the right, two on the left. I get a new knee installed on the right in a few months. I’m hoping he does real well, and stays healthy all season, but we shall see. (OK… rant over. Lol)

    • knighn

      There are two potential downsides that I look at with Maclin:
      1) Knee surgeries / recovery
      2) The whole “Self-Tacklin’ Jeremy Maclin” reputation… which would endear him to nobody.
      Then I look at the contract – protects the Eagles if Mac sucks… rewards Mac if he plays well. Still nowhere near the range of top receiver if Mac maxes out.

      • EaglefaninAZ

        Self Tacklin’… that’s funny! Forgot about that.

    • Adam

      What’s the 3rd knee surgery? This last one and the one in college, which one am I missing

      • EaglefaninAZ

        Yup. Junior year I believe.

        • Adam

          So two?

          • EaglefaninAZ

            Sorry. Read your post wrong. He’s had 2 with the birds, and one in college.

    • Maggie

      Did you not read how the Eagles made a thorough analysis of Maclin’s situation, in conjunction with the best medical advice they could find, in regard to his injuries? Plus they’ve been watching him rehab every day for months?

      • EaglefaninAZ

        Heck, a fully healthy player can blow out a knee on any given play. My doctors have told me that in many cases, multiple injuries to the same joint can “provide an environment in which re-injury can occur”.
        Obviously not in every case. My main gripe was the fact that everyone overlooks the college injury. I still like the signing.

        • Kev_H

          Much of the sports science is devoted to minimizing injury risk and my sense is that forward thinking people are making progress in that area (if you get a chance watch the panel that included Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselback at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference yesterday– you have to pay for Youtube subscription, but its worth it and there’s a free trial period).

          Sleep and diet play roles, but they can also monitor the areas more closely than before and monitor and adjust training volume. I bet their approach is that if things look good now, they are confident that they can successfully manage the risk of further injury far better than in the past and likely better than most of their competitors. They might have been lucky on the injury front last year, but I’m guessing they weren’t.

    • Fly High

      I like this signing, but I think they gave Cooper too much money. 5 nil is just too much for a #3 receiver, and I think it will take away from money to spend on the defense and keep pieces like Foles and Cox over time.

  • Rick H

    I maybe in the minority here so hang in there with me on this comment. I am a huge fan of Jackson, Cooper, Maclin, Celek & Ettz period however I personally believe that Eagles definitely need another top young receiver and not necessarily a big tall one. So I am seriously hoping/counting on the Eagles to gets Brandin Cooks in round 1 or early round 2 (with a trade up in round 2) and then adding a big receiver later in round 4 or 5. If the tight end Niklas from ND hangs around long enough for the Eagles to get him that would be awesome. Last but not least I definitely think the Eagles want a more dynamic running back to backup Shady. A wild guess is they go for a Sproles type back however I have read numerous times that they have interviewed this college back Charlie Sims twice now. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if they take him but I do not & have not scene any film on him or what kind back he is.

    • A Roy

      I figure they will draft a WR and let Maclin walk in ’15 rather than pay him what he’ll want ($8M?) as a 1st round pick who can (in his eyes) be a #1 receiver for someone.

      • Rick H

        Just a thought what happens if Maclin has a break out “huge”year, Cooper repeats his performance from 2013 equal or better, Ertz really comes into his own plus the unknown rookie from this year’s draft shows huge potential after a fine rookie season? Who goes? Jackson? Maclin? Or do they all stay?
        I say those two because their big time salaries.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          Why do gans worry about this? Is that not the best problem to have?

          That’s like some folks upset about cap/signings because we may give Foles a big payday. If he earns it- I.e., becomes franchise qb- is that not the best problem ever?

          I guarantee no one here in bmore would trade Flaccos contract if it meant not winning that SB

        • A Roy

          With apologies to theycallmerob, I find it hard to believe Maclin can show that level of breakout. He won’t get a hundred chances with all the other weapons. I wouldn’t think they couldn’t afford to keep Maclin if he does, though.

  • Kev_H

    Here’s the 4th leftover, Foles is the man, the brain trust sees him as an elite Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees caliber QB and the Eagles are planning to do a ton of passing next year. They’ll draft a WR early too.

    • A Roy

      The way I see it, Maclin on the outside draws the deep safety that Cooper didn’t. Thus, there will be even more room to run next year.

      • CSpangler

        I agree if Maclin is 100% we are going to put serious pressure on defenses. There will be no where to hide. We can gash you with the run or send 5 Quality receivers downfield to wreak havoc on the defense. should be an exciting O to watch.

        • A Roy

          As long as the O-Line stays healthy, it’ll be a “pick your poison” for opposing defenses. It should then be up to Foles to read what the good defenses are trying to disguise.

      • Kev_H

        If you look at the teams who scored over 400 points last year (11 teams), all but the Seahawks and 49ers passed far more than the Eagle (from 50-175 passes more). The 49ers and the Seahawks were far below the Eagles in pass attempts and they were also 9th and 11th in scoring. The point is, its a passing league if you want to put up points consistently and quickly. The Eagles will be able to move the ball both more consistently and explosively through the air and with defenses on their heels re; the pass, their running game will be lethal too. In any case, if you are a McCoy fans, the days of the 300+ carry RB are over. Chip and Howie know that McCoy will be a valuable piece for a longer period of time if he is carrying the ball < 250 times per season. When you have a QB who can make his reads, distribute the ball, pass accurately, and avoid mistakes AND a talented receiving corps and solid line, you are pretty much unstoppable in the NFL. Throw in a dangerous RB and the Broncos' scoring records might fall after one year.

    • paul from nc

      Please dear lord, stop with the sainthood. He is around 500 for his career, with only a couple wins over winning clubs and 000000 playoff wins.

      • Adam

        He was also a 2nd year QB who took over mid-season with no off season as a starter but still had a Hall of Fame season.

        Win loss record is a stupid way to judge QB play considering it doesn’t factor in the defense whatsoever. Why are you such a hater? Lemme guess.. Vick fan?

        • paul from nc

          No, not a Vick fan. He is old news. But I do hear how he had such a bad record until he got hurt this year and no mention that the D was giving up 30 pts/game or we played better teams during that stretch. Fair is fair.
          My point is , Foles can manage, (not lose) a game if everything else goes right. But he is not the type that will put a team on his shoulders and win a game when things go wrong.

      • Kev_H

        Peyton Manning was 64-64 after his first 4 seasons. He turned out alright and it highly thought of. I’m betting Foles bests that with the Eagles.

        • paul from nc

          well, why don’t we wait until he has 128 games to measure him, rather than anoint him sainthood. The point that he is only a 2nd yr player,also means that the D coordinators now have tape on him and will adjust to his play. He has beaten very few decent teams so far.
          All I’m saying is let’s see what happens rather than extol his virtues far beyond his results.

  • JofreyRice

    Another “leftover” for me, on consideration, is that whatever they are planning for S probably doesn’t include Nate Allen. So unless they are sold that Chung is a starter opposite Wolff (if they count Wolff as a starter right now), they have to be in the market for at least one starting safety; either through the first couple rounds of the draft, or in FA.

    I realize that’s not breaking news, or anything, but I do think the certainty of it is significant.

    • Token

      You hit on one of the scarier things about our S situation. Right now we kind of talk like we just need one safety. And that would go such a long way for sure.

      But we are prematurely thinking that Wolff is the answer for the other spot. It could very well be a Nate Allen situation. Made a few plays as a rook. But gets injured before we actually get a clear picture that hes not all that good.

      • Fly High

        I agree that Wolf is not a sure thing, although the staff saw him im practice everyday, so they have a better idea of what to expect. I also think that Allen was not a bad safety last year, not great, but maybe a little better than average. With another year in the system I think Allen is even a little better this year. Chung on the other hand …. I want us to get another S, but I think between Wolf and Allen, we are not as desperate as we might seem.

    • paul from nc

      I’d love to see some defensive signings and go strong on D in the draft, along with some OL depth.. The line scares me because of age and we won’t be as lucky with injuries nest season.

  • Septhinox

    “Maclin admitted that he did his homework on what other opportunities would be available.”

    What’s funny is that the only way this would be possible is with tampering. lol

    • Kev_H

      It sounds like he looked at what other teams had at WR, how much cap room they had and who they were likely to sign. Agents don’t just sit around and siphon money. I’m sure his agent had some decent projections regarding which teams might be interested in him and how much they could realistically pay him. They probably even brought figures based on that work to the Eagles and used them as a basis for his deal.

  • jcbbge

    I would lmfao if we signed orakpo AND ware?

    • Adam

      Not a chance we sign Ware. Way over the hill and injury prone. He produced less than Cole last year.

      • paul from nc

        yeah, not that big a fan of Ware.