DeSean Jackson has left the building. Luckily, there’s quite a bit of talent left over at the wide receiver position for the Philadelphia Eagles. Both Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin could be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver.
Jeremy Maclin is recovering from a serious knee injury but has been adamant, saying that he is confident and physically ready to play. Nick Foles has observed that same confidence and it has translated to early performance in the offseason.
“He looks great,” Foles said of Maclin. “I can’t tell the difference at all. He’s coming in and out of breaks, getting down field, looking great. He’s working every day to get better. It’s the same Jeremy and that guy wants to get better every day no matter what.”
It’s hard to believe that Maclin has almost 3,500 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career. He has seemingly missed a lot of football during his five seasons in the NFL. But he is a talented player and before getting plagued by injury, looked prime to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark and prove himself an elite receiver.
On the other hand, there’s Riley Cooper, who also looks about ready to break through the sub 1,000 yard mark. He had games last season, particularly his 6-catch, 139-yard, 3-touchdown performance against the Raiders in Week 9. However, he finished his last six games of the season without more than 74 yards receiving. His position coach has been excited about the wide receiver thus far this offseason.
“Riley got a lot better last year because he [utilized] his physical nature,” Bicknell said Monday at the NovaCare Complex, via CSN Philly. “I think it’s learning what you have, what you’re special at and how to use that against whatever they’re trying to do.”
So which WR do you think deserves the No. 1 spot? Share your thoughts in the comments section.