Eagles Weekend Reading: 82 Catches For Maclin?

Jeremy Maclin

Here are some links to pass along this weekend…


Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles agreed on a one-year deal this offseason. Maclin opted not to test the open market in search of a better deal. The Eagles offered him a long-term contract, but it didn’t have the money he was looking for.

Now, Maclin will play for the team in 2014, and then both teams will revisit the situation.

Which brings us to an interesting post by Mike Sando of ESPN.com. Sando writes that the 2015 wide receiver free agent class is loaded. Guys like Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Michael Crabtree, Jordy Nelson and others are in the final years of their deals. Now, this list is going to look different by the time next March rolls around and guys sign early extensions with their current teams.

But the 2015 WR market will be worth keeping an eye on. The Eagles have Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff signed already for the 2015 season. If they like what they see out of Maclin, given the market, they could be in a favorable position to sign him to a long-term deal.

I normally don’t put much stock in the “he wants to be here” storyline, but in this case, it applies. If Maclin wanted to cash in above all else, he could have almost certainly found more guaranteed money on the open market this offseason. But there were other factors to consider, and now he’s looking to be an impact player in Chip Kelly’s offense.


Speaking of Maclin, Adam Schein of NFL.com lists nine players he still believes in:

DeSean Jackson became a problem for Chip Kelly, so the coach jettisoned his leading receiver. (Yes, that’s how you translate the amusingly vague “football reasons” explanation.) It was a major statement. But Kelly also knew he was getting back Maclin.

Maclin, of course, tore his ACL last July and missed out on all the fun of Kelly’s first season. While the sixth-year pro won’t stretch the field like Jackson, I bet he reaches 82 catches (the amount Jackson hauled in last season) and shines as a prime-time target for Nick Foles in Kelly’s high-octane attack.


If you’re wondering about Evan Mathis’ $64,000 Twitter hoax, friend of the blog Dan McQuade has all the details.


NFL coaching legend Chuck Noll passed away at the age of 82. His Steelers teams won four Super Bowls in a six-season span.

I am about to dig in to this Sports Illustrated feature by Paul Zimmerman on Noll. Without having read it yet, I can still guarantee it’s probably worth your time.

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  • ICDogg

    Offensive players are going to want to sign one-year deals here because they have a bigger potential for racking up stats to ratchet up their free-market value. So we probably will see more Maclin-type deals in the future.

    • anon

      Nope its share and share a like here.

  • cliff henny

    if Mac gets 80/1200, Sundays are going to be party days like 2004. Hope Kelly’s 1st play in Pre-season game 1 is a bomb (more likely slant and go) to Mac or Matthews for 80/td. Put the DC’s on notice, ’13 was #5 offensive, and it was a serious work-in-progress.

    • NickS1

      If he does 80/1200, odds are he’ll have dropped “Self-Tacklin'”

      • cliff henny

        cant see Kelly standing for STJM. some is ok. better to get down then get crushed by LB and S over middle. hopefully Mac feels alot more comfortable back in spread, getting space and catching balls facing defense too.

        • NickS1

          That’s true. However, it’ll be hard when St. Jordan of the House Matthews, Curer of Cancer, Champion of World Peace, Ender of Hunger, and First of His Name, will have 150 catches for 2100 yards and 29 TDs as his coming out campaign. Upon which all ensuing endorsement deals and bonuses will be given to the least fortunate children of Philadelphia.

          • cliff henny

            that’s it? bust

          • NickS1

            Still on first cup of coffee. Gosh you’re demanding. Not like he’d be slouching with these accomplishments.

          • cliff henny

            anything short of this…

          • NickS1

            I fully expect that by the end of training camp he’ll have seen that all of the world’s roadways are solar cells and that by the end of the season he’ll have reversed the last 100yrs of global warming caused by mankind. For fun, I heard that he’s going to redevelop the ’69 Camaro in a manner that none of the asthetics have been altered, yet it gets 60 mpg while putting out 650hp. Then, on vacation, after putting up 16 catches for 318 yards and 5TDs in a SB win, he’s going to put that Antarctic ice block back together bigger than it was 20yrs ago to reverse sea level rise.

          • Kevin

            I heard if he does all that, Mathis volunteered to take him to a 64k dinner that is served on a red polo shirt. Of course, Jordan would pay for it, along with saving a choking patron that night and scribbling the designs for a functional warp drive on the back of a del Frisco napkin.

          • Maggie

            Even more delicious.

          • NickS1

            In retrospect, I need to memorize this and type it each time I refer to him.

          • robocop

            type it on a word document save it to your computer. Ctrl cv keeps you from having to remember too much

          • Charliefoxtrot

            It’s been reported that Matthews had 6″ of length removed from his junk just to make white dudes feel less inadequate.

          • John E. Zang

            Forgot to mention his groundbreaking early induction to the HOF despite not being retired and not even having finished his first season.

        • anon

          Huff plows through guys

  • Dominik

    “If Maclin wanted to cash in above all else, he could have almost
    certainly found more guaranteed money on the open market this offseason.
    But there were other factors to consider, and now he’s looking to be an
    impact player in Chip Kelly’s offense.”

    I guess it’s pretty obvious what Maclins bet is: put up Kelly numbers and sign the check for that numbers. Teams will pay for numbers – just look at Decker who played with one of the best QBs of all time and was like their #4 target.

    If the demands too much, I hope he gets the Desean treatment. If the numbers are reasonable and he plays good in this offense, pay him.

    On another note: those two guys will get extended or tagged, but damn, just imagine Bryant (who won’t be an issue due to character) or Demaryius Thomas in Kellys offense. Damn.

    • NickS1

      I don’t even want to think about this.

    • Dominik

      @ Rob

      Can’t reply to your post since it’s awaiting moderation (since there’s no ‘bad word’ in it idk why), so I’ll reply to myself. Fell in Madden love with DT, too. I never played Megatron, since I never play friendlies and it would be absurd easy to be successful with Stafford and him. In Franchise mode I once signed DT to the London Bulldogs (formely knows as Jaguars) and damn, the guy was unstoppable. Screen game, deep balls, curls, he could do it all.

      And since we’re talking Madden. Have you played Madden 25? I tell you, Chips playbook is as effective as it is in the NFL. I don’t even use it anymore, since I’m too dominating with it, even on the All Madden.

      Don’t know why the hell you would give Chip glasses and a vest as look, but they nailed his playbook. I see a lot of the concepts Sheil has showed in the All-22 in the game with Chips playbook.

      • weird, not showing at all now, maybe the mods didn’t like it?

        also, i was a madden junkie in my younger days, especially when overseas (rangers may lead the way but i ate their lunch in madden). anyway, all that said because i went cold turkey and sold my xbox and games a year or two ago

        that took me a lot of time to explain MaddenLove

        • Dominik

          Now the post is there and I can reply. Very strange. Maybe some idiot flagged it, for whatever reason. Can’t censor a post like that, with nothing against the rules in any shape or form.

          • ICDogg

            I frequently accidentally flag comments on PFT because I’m using a little phone and trying to give the comment a thumbs up or down.

          • Dominik

            Case closed. :D

  • Figure, based on 2014 NFL and PHI-specific stats, even with an increased tempo and reliance on the run-game Foles will throw 620-650 pass attempts. I’ll go with 635, the median, for simplicity. If Foles completes 60% of his passes, he’ll have 381 completions (I’ll go with 380)
    Targets: McCoy, Sproles, Polk, Celek, Ertz, Casey, Maclin, Cooper, Matthews, Huff, Smith, player X (some guy who gets 5 balls)
    I see Polk, Casey, Huff, Smith, and X getting no more than 25 completions between them.
    That leaves 355 for the other 8.
    Maclin having 80 catches of 380 total available represents 21% of offense.
    Anyone see Maclin making up > 20% of our passing game?

    • NickS1

      Adam Schein does :)

      • someone beat me to the coffee pot this morning

        • NickS1

          Haha it’s kicking in. If Foles completes 65% of his passes, and 80 catches becomes about 19%, would you believe it then?

          • read the ** addendum i added to original. That’s assuming a top5 QB performance and high-volume pass attack. Those are 2 big assumptions I made, assuming Nick plays well and all 16 and the run-centric offense still sees enough snaps to get him there. I also low-balled the # of completions those lower depth-chart players may see. I can see Maclin’s 80+ catches easily being closer to 25% of the passing offense.
            Looking at 380, maybe McCoy/Sproles get 80-100 combined; Celek and Ertz another 120; that leaves 80 for Cooper and Matthews combined.

            I really hope JMac plays well, and produces. But I’d be happy with 60-65 for him this year. I just don’t think he’s such a dominant #1 out there that he’ll see enough targets for 80 catches.

          • Richard Colton

            good stuff Rob. Doesn’t it stand to reason that someone will inherit that #1 WR role? Somebody has to develop that relationship with Foles, right?

          • I’d rather 4 x #2 wrs, or a different #1 guy every play based on matchup :)

          • NickS1

            I think this point is where Chip is trying to go and why I don’t think D-Jax would have replicated those his numbers from last season in the upcoming season. I’ve said all along that I don’t think we were going to draft less than 2 WRs anyway, so I think just even having Jax this year, he wouldn’t have had 82/1300/9. I think he would have gone back to his usual stat line and thus not been worth the 10mil anyway.

          • I love all this

          • Burberry Manning

            Maclin is a chain mover and in the limited time in 2012 seemed to have a good connection with Foles. If he and Foles stays healthy I don’t believe 80 catches are far fetched, especially at the pace the offense plays.

          • You’re missing my point, just using numbers to show it’s unlikely. Someone is weaker if he is making all those catches

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      who’s player X…and can it be 3x, cause she’d be alot of fun on sidelines.

    • Kevin

      I like the analysis Rob, but here is another way of looking at it. Do you think Mac can catch 5 passes per game? That number doesn’t seem all too out there, does it? Certainly more reasonable than a 64k dinner tab :). It probably means he needs to see 8-9 targets a game. Possible, albeit maybe on the high side depending on how the ball is distributed. I think the safer number is about 60 catches. Regardless, I am excited to see this offense.

      • I just replied below, but yea I’m closer to your later mention/guess of 60, maybe 65. To me, that at least shows he is back and capable of producing. Plus, would probably sign (with us or another team) for a more reasonable contract.

        • Kevin

          I think the other variable is Chip’s offensive. It seems like the design is based on reacting to the defensive and the best matchup and not trying to force anything. Find a favorable matchup and numbers on every play and exploit it. For all the mention on the “fear of doubling Cooper”, if that happens I think JMac can post slightly higher numbers. If they focus on JMac, then the numbers will be lower.

    • PhillySean

      FWIW, I just looked at the Saint’s passing stats and Jimmy Graham was the receiver that was closest to that 20 percent mark on their roster. He came in at 19% and change. I’m sure there is a better proxy that didn’t occur to me.

  • Kev_H

    Here’s a fun fact for the weekend. After his first season as head coach of the Steelers (1969), Chuck Noll cut 26 year old, All-Pro wide receiver Roy Jefferson because he wasn’t a good fit with the culture. Jefferson was a former 2nd round draft pick and had a 58/1074/11 stat line in 1968 and a 67/1079/9 stat line in 1969 back when the seasons were 14 games long. After a year in Baltimore, Jefferson ended up on the Redskins where he never reached his previous productivity, going 47/701/4 in 1971 and never reaching those heights again during the last 5 years of his career.

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  • PaoliBulldog

    The Del Friscos gag was tremendous. I fell for it – but I was laughing my butt off as I did. Can’t believe all the huffy outraged reactions.

  • Max Lightfoot

    What is Flip Wilson doing on our te/Users/stevejahrling/Desktop/flip_wilson_vseg4.jpgam? Go Mac and da Eags!!

  • paul from nc

    If she’s versatile and plays long