Eagles Wake-Up Call: Bar Set High For Maclin

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: Cole, Maclin And ‘Murderleg’

 

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prepares to throw the ball as Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) and Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) chase in the first quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo |  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prepares to throw the ball as Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) and Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) chase in the first quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo | Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Maclin On Health, Life Without DeSean

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Jeremy Maclin had just finished up some pitch and catch with Nick Foles when he met with a handful of writers outside of the NovaCare Complex Thursday afternoon.

The receiver is participating in all of the workouts as the offseason training program gets underway and is running routes. He expects to perhaps get limited reps during OTAs but said that if it were training camp, he would be fully cleared to do everything, including 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. He added that he does not intend to wear a knee brace this season. A positive update all the way around.

With the health questions out of the way, the focus shifted towards the departure of DeSean Jackson and the impact it will have on both Maclin and the offense as a whole. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly’s Tweaks In Year 2

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

When Chip Kelly took a seat inside a Ritz-Carlton ballroom in Orlando last month and was surrounded by reporters, he knew DeSean Jackson was not going to be back with the Eagles.

Jackson’s release was the biggest move the team made this offseason, and undoubtedly, Kelly had already given a lot of thought about what the Eagles’ offense would like without the speedy wide receiver.

Year 1 under Kelly was a clear success. By just about any statistical measure, the Eagles had a top-five offense that included a quarterback reaching heights even his biggest supporters never envisioned. The team set record after record, the offensive line stayed healthy, and the skill-position players nearly all put up career numbers.

Now perhaps the biggest question facing the team going into 2014 is: How will Kelly alter the scheme to fit different personnel? Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Maclin Takes Center Stage

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers

It is not totally clear when we will see Jeremy Maclin for the first time.

The soon-t0-be 26-year old says his straight-line speed is back to where it was before he tore the ACL in his right knee, but needs to add strength in his quad and improve his lateral movement. The OTAs begin on May 27 and the mandatory minicamp runs from June 17-19. Chip Kelly wouldn’t commit to the receiver being ready for these activities, but believes he will be 100 percent for training camp.

Whenever Maclin jumps into action, he will assume the role as the Eagles primary receiver for really the first time in his career. Read more »

The Eagles’ Depth Chart At Wide Receiver

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

We got a request from a reader yesterday to run through the Eagles’ wide receiver depth chart with the guys currently on the roster.

And since we are a blog of the people, we will oblige.

The Eagles currently have nine wide receivers on their roster (that does not include pass-catchers like TE Zach Ertz and RB Darren Sproles).

Below is a player-by-player look at how each guy figures into the team’s 2014 plans. Keep in mind that this outlook will likely change post-draft. Read more »

Kelly: Beating Man Coverage Is Huge For Us

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chip Kelly got a taste last year of how NFL defenses would attempt to slow down the Eagles’ prolific offensive attack.

What he learned was that scheming ways to beat man coverage had to be a major point of emphasis before Year 2.

“People want to play you in man-to-man coverage,” Kelly said last week. “We saw a lot more of that than other people. Getting guys that can get open versus man coverage is a key deal. Whether it’s Coop [Riley Cooper] or Mac [Jeremy Maclin] or DeSean [Jackson] or whatever. That’s the one thing we know as a group going in, is one-on-one coverage is a big deal for us. It is a big deal in this league. People probably  – I think, and I don’t know the statistics if you break it down – may have played us in more man than most teams in the league. Read more »

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