Despite going into this season without their most versatile wide receiver of the past few years, the Philadelphia Eagles will be getting maybe their most reliable threat back as Jeremy Maclin returns from the knee injury that kept him out for all of 2013.
As is the case with everyone that comes back from injury, everyone is wondering how Maclin will look this year. Will he be as explosive as he was prior to 2013? Will he be as fast down the field?
Well, if you ask quarterback Nick Foles, not only does Maclin look fine, but he looks better than ever.
“The way he handled everything last year, he did a great job of it to where he’s got even more strength where he can push it even harder,” Foles said Tuesday, per Philly Magazine. “I think he is better than he ever was. Throwing to him on the field and seeing him run and catch, I think he looks great.”
Maclin has been going through full practices so far this spring, and there hasn’t been one sign of any sort of hindrance. He himself recently confirmed this.
“I’ve done everything since April 21st, when we were able to get out here as a team,” Maclin explained, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’ve been getting better each and every day, and I’m really happy with my progress.”
There was a lot of concern about the Philly offense after they released Jackson, but if Maclin is better than he ever has been, and if second-round pick Jordan Matthews is as good as advertised, then Chip Kelly’s offense should be just fine.