Eagles Wake-Up Call: Bar Set High For Maclin

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When Jeremy Maclin got up after lying on the ground for about 30 seconds at the end of practice earlier this week, chances are Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman let out a collective sigh of relief.

Maclin grabbed his left knee initially after an incompletion in the end zone, but said afterwards that he was fine.




The veteran wide receiver is coming off a torn ACL in his right knee suffered last summer. He signed a one-year deal with the Eagles as a free agent but has hopes of sticking around for awhile.

Coaches and general managers sometimes try to manage expectations for players coming off of injuries. Kelly and Roseman, however, have done quite the opposite.

Asked about how long it takes for players to recover from ACL injuries, Roseman said earlier this offseason: "I think it depends on the player. We saw Adrian Peterson come back after six months, and did he win the MVP award after that? So I think it depends on the genetics. And all I know is what our doctors are telling us, and he’s doing a great job in his rehab. We fully expect him to be ready to go once the season starts."

It's one thing to say you expect Maclin to be a healthy contributor. It's another to bring up one of the freakiest athletes in the game and a guy who rushed for 2,097 yards after the ACL injury. But that's what Roseman did.

And he's not alone. After the draft, Kelly was asked if he felt the Eagles could still challenge teams downfield without DeSean Jackson.

"We've got guys," he said, interrupting the question. "Mac is a first‑round draft choice, and it was kind of really tough not only on him but on us that we lost him last year. How dynamic could we have been if we had an opportunity to keep him in the mix?"

Added Nick Foles: "He's going to be a huge part of this offense."

Maybe those around Maclin are just really encouraged by his progress. Maybe they want to make sure he knows they're confident in him. Whatever the case, they're setting the bar high.

During practices open to the media, Maclin and Riley Cooper have been the starting outside receivers. And barring injury, that figures to be the case when the team opens up its season at the Linc against the Jaguars in September.

Cooper and Jackson both had career years playing in Kelly's system last season. In 2014, the head coach and general manager are making it clear they're counting on Maclin to do the same.

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Three numbers that matter: On Darren Sproles' role, LeSean McCoy's future and Foles' money.

McManus looks at the impact of the Colin Kaepernick deal.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Foles, not Kaepernick, will set his own market, writes ESPN.com's Phil Sheridan:

Foles' journey was different. He was never identified as the No. 1 quarterback until he was actually playing like one after Vick was injured last year. His excellent 2013 was all tied up with Kelly's first season in the NFL. It will take another season, at least, for Foles to establish his actual value among NFL quarterbacks.

As it happens, that's exactly when Foles will be in position to get paid like a starting quarterback. Ultimately, it will be Foles' performance in 2014 -- not Kaepernick or anyone else --- that sets the market for him.

Rich Hofmann of the Daily News tackles the sports science angle:

One of the ongoing conversations, Kelce said, involves sleep apnea, which can be an issue for bigger people. If there is a sense that it might be an issue for a player, Kelce said, the club encourages medical consultations.

"I've been kind of on the fence," Kelce said. "I've been sleeping good right now but sometimes when I put my weight up, which I have been doing [for the season], I start developing what I think is called weight-induced sleep apnea, where your neck is too big. I might get tested later on down the line, toward the season. Right now, I'm not having a problem."

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  • UKEagle99

    A little late with my wake up call this morning, SK! I think you need a bit of this in your life..

    :-)

    • DirtyWaters

      I never occurred to me how bad it must suck having to wait until late morning for the Wake Up Call.

      • UKEagle99

        It’s not too bad, normally 11:30am sharp I have my fresh coffee ready and I hit F5 on the Birds 24/7 front page…

        It’s weird to think you guys watch NFL games early afternoon! The earliest game over here is 6pm. I’d love for games to start at 1pm!

        • Philip Soloninka

          West Coast has it best.

          • dnabrice

            Though waking up for a 10am Eagles home game is a bummer.

          • Philip Soloninka

            I did some Army training in Arizona for about 9 weeks (only significant time I have spent on that side of the country) and I loved just waking up on Sunday and BAM football is on. Plus the games were all wrapped up by early afternoon as well.

          • Corey Dawson

            The best was when I was in Hawaii for my honeymoon. I was down at the bar outside at like 6 am.

          • Always Hopeful

            Left coaster here, and I agree. However, I do miss being able to go a game every now and then. …sigh, I haven’t been to the Linc for a game yet after many games seeing Randall and Reggie at the Vet :-(

          • Philip Soloninka

            Time to book a trip!

        • Philip Soloninka

          Same kinda deal during deployments, everyone wakes up around midnight for the games!

    • TNA

      The eagles should blast the practice music playlist during games. Wonder if that would make them play even faster and execute better because of the familiarity. And Lincoln field would be nicknamed Club Iggles. Not that I even go to clubs, but I wonder of the eagles have thought about setting up a post game club after home wins in a cleared parking lot. It’d be like Madrid after every single home Real Madrid game where very game is treated like the Super Bowl and the roads around the stadium are shut down so people can go crazy.

      But really, I sympathize with Sheil on having to hear this song blasted over and over all day.

      • cliff henny

        good idea, but last thing Philly needs is Eagles fans partying in streets after tailgating and drinking during game for 8-10 hrs. might as well invite the CHinese to bring tanks over and treat Broad St like Tiananmen Square, probably have better results. though, it’d be fun!

        • TNA

          Yah. Would probably give new-old meaning to “We’re from Philadelphia and we fight!”

          • cliff henny

            helps Real Madrid home winning percentage is, guessing, in high 90’s. you could have the Beetles with reincarnated John Lennon, Stones, Led Zepplin with John Bonham and Narvana with Cobain, playing 4 corners of Philly, and a last second loss to Dallas and city would be torn to rubble

          • TNA

            all the more reason Eagles should win more at home…lose and Barwin’s urban mecca idealism will come crashing around him. of course, opponents and national media would have more incentive for opponent wins in Philly.

          • Philip Soloninka

            Seriously, that quote will never, ever get old.

  • cliff henny

    What is Sheridan writing about? real hard hitting there, no Foles isnt guaranteed 18m because Kaep rec’d monster (maybe) contract. but that is the payscale bar if Foles plays well. though think SF had lot less leverage than Eagles will, simply because Howie can rightfully say ‘kelly was 4/4 and 2/2 in Oregon and Philly with qbs, we arent scared to try and make it 3/3′. hopefully Foles plays well enough to line his pockets with Eagle friendly 16m/per yr contract for next 10 yrs.
    .
    on Mac, i’m really excited and pulling for him. hope he puts up monster numbers, make everyone forget about D-Jax. but, the first sign of Self-Tacklin Jeremy Maclin showing up, all that good will i have is tossed out the window, wow, i hate that crap!

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Guess he’s (Sheridan) stating the obvious that regardless of Kaep’s deal, Foles’ play will ultimately decide how he gets paid.

      • NickS1

        That’s what I took. And to me, that’s better than anything he would have said pre-scare. Seems to have knocked a little sense into him.

      • cliff henny

        guess working at ESPN, regurgitating the obvious is hard hitting. better than their other tactic, creating news, than having journalist battle it out, acting like it’s news to manufacture a controversy. next up ‘Foles battling management for Kaepernick type deal’

        • Andy124

          then making news about how they made news.

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

    Appreciate the “coming up” section this morning, Sheil.
    TGIF, everyone!

    • cliff henny

      intern is warned. think Josh is in for a long LONG day

  • Andy124

    fwiw, Maclin’s spider chart:

    http://mockdraftable.com/player/1061/

    • dnabrice

      Guess they took the wonderlick off because it’s insulting to some guys. I was surprised his numbers weren’t higher for where he was picked and the talk of him being the top WR that year.

  • Andy124

    Found this a rather bold statement by Rich Hoffman this morning:

    It must also be said that, if Foles can come close to putting up the same kinds of numbers as he did in 2013, and if the Eagles can make a significant playoff run – Kaepernick’s deal will be borderline irrelevant to Foles. That is how much more Foles will get.

    It’s certainly reasonable to say he’d get more, because his contract is another year later with the cap another year higher. But Hoffman seems to suggest that it’s going to be a very large game. I love Foles and all, but I’m not really sure where Hoffman is coming from here. I guess it depends on what “come close to putting up the same numbers” means.

    My line for Foles:
    65%, 4,200 yards, 36td, 11int.

    • NickS1

      He puts up that stat line and half the idiots in our fanbase will say he needs to go and isn’t worth the extension.

      • Andy124

        lol
        I was trying to be conservative. (Not really).

        • Richard Colton

          11 Ints? I thought you were a fan.

          15 starts/43 TDs/4 Ints/4,400 yds passing/260 yds rushing

          • cliff henny

            15 starts…guy’s another Glass Joe.

          • Andy124

            No need to play week 17 when you’re already 15-0.

          • Richard Colton

            have him sitting week 16 to rest with the other starters. three game lead in the division and both RGIII and Desean are out with non-football related injuries.

          • cliff henny

            oh,so he’s a quitter, even worse! only time he can run fast is to the bench. trade-up for Mariota

          • Richard Colton

            Mariota just makes sense. Chip needs a running QB. If the price is our 2015 1st & 3rd and our 2016 1st and 2nd, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

          • cliff henny

            well, year ago i was all prepared to pay that in ’14 draft for a qb. maybe not that much, but alot. or Johnny foosball. Lordy, did Eags dodge a bullet there

          • Andy124

            Throw in Nick too. We won’t need him since we’ll have Mariota. That should knock the 2016 3rd rounder off the asking price. Would rather have that pick.

          • Richard Colton

            Sold. Now it’s simply a matter of trading up to #1. Think Jerruh will take the deal?

          • Andy124

            To move back to 32? Sure, we just thew in the superbowl mvp, I think he’s gullible enough to go for it.

          • cliff henny

            oh, speaking of Cowboys, if you have time, this is must read comment section. the delusionalness of ‘Allas fanbase is in full effect. it’s about it’s ‘efense, have couple posters talking truth, not trolling bad, and picture rest doing the 5 yr old kid with fingers in ears ‘nanananah, cant hear you’ pose.

            .

            http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2014/6/5/5782908/key-component-dallas-cowboys-2014-season-defensive-coordinator-rod-marinelli

          • Richard Colton

            that was amazing Cliff. so delusional.

            A sampling of some of my favorite lines:
            A) …I’m not worried about the run defense, that will take care of itself.
            B) (in response to a lucid point about not being able to depend on an UDFA to start) what?!?! no UDFA ever started in the NFL before?

          • cliff henny

            and A was upvoted to higlite level-means many agreed with that. the one guy makes great points about who to expect to take next step. talented guys who shown it before, high round picks, like Cox, but late rounders (Thornton-he might have plateau’d and i’m good with that, wont have22 probowlers) and journeymen FA that never showed it (Sopoaga) will fade.

          • Max Lightfoot

            Whistling in the dark – Aikman was hilarious!! The horror …..

          • anon

            Ppl want huge stat lines and a cheap deal. Only in Philly. Crazy numbers is gonna mean an Andrew luck type situation. Let shady get the stats he’s already getting paid

        • NickS1

          I think 10 is a fair o/u

      • cliff henny

        over .5 an INT per game…BUM!

        • NickS1

          Only in Philly

          • Andy124

            picks are ok if you have a good 40 time though.

          • cliff henny

            how’s his tackling form…we like QB and K’s to be big hitters.

          • Corey Dawson

            Murderarm

      • Maggie

        More likely all the idiots in the fan base. ;~)

    • myeaglescantwin

      i don’t believe that we will pass enough to have 36 TD’s.

      unless he has a new aerial redzone attack.

      but, I hope you’re right though.

      Last year, we had only one WR that would ‘go-up’ to make catches. I think the INT’s will be lower than 10 depending on his attempts. That’s based strictly off of the type of WRs we have on the roster now. I feel that more battles will be won against DB’s.
      That and Foles is smart enough to take a 2yd sack, rather than force passes to covered WRs.

      but i could be a sucker with wide eyes for the home team.

      • Andy124

        We finished off a lot of drives with passing touchdowns last year. In fact, with Nick Foles at QB, Nick only had 1 less rushing touchdown from the redzone than Shady did.

        Red Zone numbers:
        Nick – 16 passing td – 0 int, 3 rushing td.
        Shady 4 rushing td.

        Nick is a Red Zone savant.

        • myeaglescantwin

          i believe the success is tied directly to his height, as an extension of his accuracy.

      • Kev_H

        I suspect they’ll pass more, so we’ll see. I base this on Chip wanting to score fast and 2013’s unsettled QB situation causing them to lean on the run more. I know Oregon running team, but in college you don’t get much time with your QB. In the pros, the team’s who score and score fast, pass all the time.

        • kleptolia

          The reason for the Eagles’ success in the passing game last year is that they ran the ball. The reason that they score fast is because they play fast. Oregon runs the same offense that Chip Kelly runs, more or less, because they got it from him.
          Trust me: the Eagles will continue to run the ball- often and successfully.

          • Kev_H

            We’ll see. I think Chip is focused on winning playoff games and a Super Bowl. That either happens with outstanding defenses or chucking the ball in the modern NFL. There is a reason great backs like Peterson and Sanders never won anything. My take on all the off-season talk by Chip (not the speculation) is that winning with the passing game is how to win in the NFL. He clearly was focused on match ups in the receiving game. Also note that Shady was more-or-less neutralized by the two good defenses they faced down the stretch (Arizona and New Orleans). I don’t think they are building the 21st century steel curtain and in the absence of that, titles are won through the air.

          • kleptolia

            A passing game is always necessary, be it in the NFL or in college. The reason that Petersen and Sanders never won a title (so far, in AP’s case) is that they play(ed) on teams that had severe shortcomings in certain aspects of the game.
            In Barry’s case, there was no offensive line to speak of. While he was shifty enough to elude 9 out of 11 defenders, there was no passing game to help him out drives would invariably stall out early.
            In AP’s case, he (like Barry) IS the offense. There is barely anything going on at the other skill positions. Not only does the offense rest on his shoulders, it is an offense that is the opposite of innovative. Even by conventional offensive standards, it is rather boring. The passing game is terribly inconsistent. Now, AP in Philadelphia would equal Titletown.
            To provide a counterpoint to your “it’s a throwing league” argument: why didn’t Dan Marino ever win a Super Bowl? In ’83, Miami had the most incredible passing attack the league had seen since the Air Coryell years. (Imagine if they had had the same rules that exist today!) They went to the Super Bowl and were beaten by a San Francisco team that could both run and pass efficiently.
            Tom Brady and the Patriots had a perfect season ruined by the New York Giants, a team that relied on defense and a balanced offense.
            I agree that you need to be able to throw, but running is equally important.
            The idea that “it’s a passing league” is a bit of foolishness made up and propagated by people who ought to know better and then repeated frequently enough to be co-opted by the masses.
            But not by Chip Kelly.

            “You have to run the football to be successful” – Chip Kelly

        • myeaglescantwin

          it still seems they are going to run more than most other NFL teams.
          i doubt they move from that at any point in the near future. At least while this OL is playing together. It’s their strength. why would you shy away from your strength as a team?

          no doubt there will be new / more pass plays involved, but i doubt we see less than 50% runs in 2014.

      • GreenBleedin

        In 2013 Foles played the “equivalent” of approximately 11 games and threw 27 TD’s. That comes out to almost 2 1/2 TD’s per game. So, for 16 games that would be 40TD’s, however, I think 36 TD’s is optimistic as well. The average per game is skewed by the 7TD Oakland game and would require staying healthy for all 16 games against tougher competition in 2014. .

        • cliff henny

          so my 7k yds and 102td projection is optimistic? is playing ‘Allas twice, not sure the racist potatoes will be that much better

          • Andy124

            Safe to assume you’re spelling it ‘Allas because they have no ‘D’?

            How did I miss the memo on that?

            Racists potatoes. Love it.

          • cliff henny

            yup, ‘Allas ‘efense

    • Scott J

      Luck and Wilson will be able to renegotiate their contracts next year too. It will be interesting to see what kind of years these guys have and who will earn the most.

      • Kev_H

        Doesn’t Luck have to wait a year as a first round pick?

        • Andy124

          He gets an extra year on his rookie deal, but he doesn’t have to wait an extra year to renegotiate.

    • dnabrice

      Those numbers would be historically impressive. IE, the man will get paid if he puts those up. 25/10 would still be considered good.

      • Andy124

        27 touchdowns in 10 starts, you think he’s going down to 25 in 16?

    • Kev_H

      MMQB published an All-22 analysis of RGIII, Luck, Wilson, Newton, and Kaepernick. They focused on sacks and running decisions. Luck came out nearly perfect, RGIII takes too much punishment in low leverage situations, Wilson is a “half field” reader, and Kaepernick makes no pre-snap reads and has zero understanding of route combinations, according to MMQB. It didn’t say he has trouble or struggled in those areas, they said those skills don’t exist. CK without wheels is worthless so I can see Foles being far more valuable over the next 5-10 years. Last year he was moving safeties all over the field with pumps, eyes, and subtle shoulder movements. He clearly grasps the Xs and Os of the game.

      • Andy124

        I read that. My biggest knock on the breakdown is the author.

        • NickS1

          What’s the issue there? Haven’t seen it so I don’t know who the author is.

        • Kev_H

          Seemed like a fair and generally upbeat assessment all around to me. The conclusion was that clearly all the guys are assets to their team and top QBs, but some of them really have room to develop. I almost get the feeling that the 49ers, being on the cusp of a championship (whether it was with Alex Smith in 2011 or Kaepernick the last two years), aren’t willing to go through the developmental growing pains necessary for Kaepernick, probably to the long-term detriment of his career.

          • Andy124

            If I was a San Fran fan, I’d be quite dissatisfied with that analysis. If he’s going to make a claim as strong as he did against Kaep, that his recognition skills weren’t weak, they were non-existant, he should back them up.

            But I’m not a San Fran fan, so, spot on.

          • NickS1

            Yeah, not sure how I felt about that comment. I don’t disagree, because I have nothing with which to disprove it, and his passing numbers from most of his games last year seem to support it.

    • JofreyRice

      it’s going to be fascinating to see how this thing unfolds. How does the team regard Foles? How is he regarded around the league? How do each of the parties feel about how closely the design of Kelly’s offense, and Foles’ performance are related?

      He puts up 36/11, I think he gets paid top tier money; don’t know what that really means, though, in terms of dollars.

      • Andy124

        I think he signs for the verteran minimum, to help the team. Then reinvests his salary in to perks for FA targets.

        • JofreyRice

          OK, you’re taking this optimist thing to new levels now. :D

          • Andy124

            Well, Sheil said they’d do their best to help us kill time before the weekend begins, and I haven’t seen anything. So I’m just trying to do my part for the greater good.

  • myeaglescantwin

    I hope all this talk of expectations and bar setting doesn’t get to Maclin.

    After the injury he had, only one thing should be on his mind, doing his job.
    He can’t get concerned with trying to break a big play on every catch, or set single season records.
    He just needs to take whats there and trust the coaching staff to put him in the best positions to succeed.

    This team isn’t focused on one player (other than McCoy).
    I think if he starts trying to do too much, he could get himself into trouble.

    • cliff henny

      shouldnt, he’s the one who took the prove-it contract.

      • Richard Colton

        Yeah – could easily be looking at the team losing its #1 receiver two years in a row under Chip.

        • cliff henny

          doesnt matter, heard Matthews just completed his Doctorate in microbiology, he’s now cloning himself

          • myeaglescantwin

            awesome line.

          • Chris

            I heard he even modified his clone to be better than himself. Even if it means he gets outperformed by himself, Jordan Matthews still puts the team first. What a guy.

          • cliff henny

            yes, once he finds suitable upgrade, JM2 is deciding whether his original form should fuse with the Matrix (kelly’s playbook) or become the first cyber-genetic advanced robotics, a la Robo-Cop, to play in NFL. either way, i’ll trust his decision

          • Chris

            Taking “Sports Science” to a whole new level.

          • Andy124

            I heard that clone is planning on creating a clone better than himself.

          • Chris

            inception cloning? How deep can it get?

          • NickS1

            Sounds like a question for Lisa Ann.

  • daveH

    surf is absolutely GOING OFF in long island right now. not so much in Manasquan NJ y’all.

    hope someboday gets in the water! sunny clean consistent empty and OFF SHORE WINDS with lines stacked to the horizon!!! epic.

    http://www.hamptons.com/Hamptons-Beach-Cam#.U5HWi01OXcu