Notes: Maclin Holds His Own Against Revis

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

FOXBORO — Following Friday night’s game in Chicago, Jeremy Maclin was asked for his thoughts on squaring off against Darrelle Revis this week.

“He’s one of the best. One of the best to ever play,” he said. “I’m excited about that. Another opportunity to get better, another opportunity to go up against one of the best, and I think I’m ready for it.”




Maclin got more than his fair share of work against the five-time Pro Bowler during Tuesday's joint session with the Patriots on the practice fields just outside Gillette Stadium, and acquitted himself fairly well.

"He was on my side the whole time. We had some pretty good battles today. It was pretty fun," said Maclin.

Revis was flagged at least once for interference during team drills while covering Maclin. He also gave up a 40-yard touchdown to him, though to be fair, Revis stopped running full speed about halfway through the play, allowing Maclin to run free.

"I've been doing this for a while," said Revis. "Sometimes you do that and sometimes you don't. It depends on how everything is going. Even though I'm not maybe running that fast, they're reps and I know what I need to do during that play."

Nick Foles challenged the standout corner later in the practice on a long pass down the right side to Maclin, who had maybe a half-step on Revis. The ball was slightly overthrown and glanced off Maclin's fingertips. Maclin didn't light the world on fire against him but scored a few victories on the day. Most importantly, he looked healthy and was moving without restriction.

"It gives us some fresh faces to go against and kind of see where we are," said Maclin. "They are obviously a great organization, they're good year in and year out, and I think we came out there and competed today."

While Revis spent most of his day with Maclin, he did get a chance to check in with his old buddy LeSean McCoy.

"Just saying what's up with him. He broke one out and I told him I'd track him down," said Revis, drawing laughs. "That might have been a foot race because he's so fast. He's a Pitt grad, we went to the same school, so it was good to see him."

Williams keeps his hands to himself

Wouldn't you know it, Cary Williams was first in line when one-on-ones between the Eagles and Pats got underway Tuesday. He drew Kenbrell Thompkins and stuck tight to the receiver, forcing the incompletion. Later, he broke up a Tom Brady pass intended for Bryan Tyms. Body language suggested he was very pleased with these outcomes.

"Employee 26" didn't throw any haymakers today but still played with an edge. He was beat by Thompkins down the left sideline during team drills. He showed his disappointment by giving the receiver a shove as he tried to get off the ground. Hey, nobody said he had to be buddy-buddy with these guys.

A reporter jokingly asked if he would be saying hi to Bill Belichick this week.

"I'm not going to say hi to nobody," he replied. "I don't know him like that."

Sights and sounds

The love for Tom Brady is out of control.

An estimated 25,000 fans showed up for Tuesday's practice. You can get up close to the action here, especially near the back of the end zone. There is a yellow rope that spectators stand behind maybe 10 yards from the playing field. At one point Tuesday the Patriots quarterbacks were working very close to this section. I can't tell you the number of times the phrase, "I love you, Tom!" was uttered. And that was just from the dudes. The crowd goes nuts every time he touches the ball. He even got cheers when he pulled the ball down and started jogging after he was unable to find an open receiver.

Can't say I was totally shocked. What I wasn't expecting was the next-level heckling backup Ryan Mallett was getting. I think part of his problem is that Brady does everything so well, Mallett has a tough time shining in comparison.

"You're standing right next to [Brady]! How can you not learn anything!" said one fan.

"See, that's why you have no trade value!" yelled another following an incomplete pass.

A third one cried out as a receiver was lining up during one-on-ones with Mallett at the helm: "Get ready to not catch anything!"

Brutal.

With the Eagles now at NovaCare for most of training camp, you forget what it's like to have a hard-core fan base wrapped around the proceedings. It definitely adds to the experience . Unless, of course, you're Ryan Mallett.

Injuries

Riley Cooper did some individual work but did not compete in team drills. Ifeanyi Momah, Brad Smith and Maclin made up the first-team receiving corps. Nolan Carroll (hamstring/groin) and Chris Polk (hamstring) continue to sit out.

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  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    where’s media mike?

    • DirtyWaters

      I read all his comments aloud in my Grandpa Simpson voice.

  • Septhinox

    Rude fans in New England? Impossible. That only happens in Philly right?

    • Johnny Domino

      Can’t your brain just hear those Mallett insults in a Fitz and Sully kinda Southie accent?

  • John E. Zang

    Yeah we get the bad reputation but I really don’t think I can see our fans saying stuff like that at camp. Bunch of spoiled, beer guzzling New England trash that didnt watch that football team until Belichick got there.

  • Mr. Wu

    “I’m not going to say hi to nobody,” he replied. “I don’t know him like that.”

    I love me some C-Will

    • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

      Love love love Employee 26. Wish I could upvote you more.

      • Corey Dawson

        I think he’s finally got me in the habit of calling him something other than “Sconces” with that one.

    • tomw

      Aw Deadwood. Tell the “Chief” I said hello.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    Most importantly, he looked healthy and was moving without restriction.

    thanks, all i had to hear. nothing to see folks, move along now

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      perfect comment.

  • Breathe 21

    The bashing Mallett is hilarious. You deserve that kind of talk when you play behind Brady, getting coached by the Pats, yet you have nothing to show for it.

  • Bob

    Jeremy Maclin looks like Craig Shilo from Blue Mountain State.

    • Max Lightfoot

      He looks like the Rev. Al Green with mumps, IMO.

      “Aw, let’s stay together …”

      • Max Lightfoot

        I mean, ever see the two guys together in one photo? I think not!

  • Soybot

    “I’ve been doing this for a while,” said Revis. “Sometimes you do that and sometimes you don’t. It depends on how everything is going. Even though I’m not maybe running that fast, they’re reps and I know what I need to do during that play.”
    – I think the 24/7 comments section would melt down if this came out of Sconce’s mouth, or any Eagle for that matter.

    • aub32

      Sconces has not done enough to be that confident.

  • Rick H

    I have question for anyone here. What player quits on a play after 20 yards and it is okay with his coaches & Head Coach? What a covert way to deny the fact that you were beaten or knew you were about to be toasted for a TD.
    Find me another NFL cornerback that says “I know what to do” so I don’t go full speed 100%? The truth is he was beaten on the play and acts like he wasn’t.

    • Breathe 21

      When Revis has a week to study film on any WR, things like this never happen in a game. That guy is a true technician. Except for that one time Moss got him bad.