Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) during a press conference at mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles' WR Jeremy Maclin: I feel 'more physically strong' after ACL injury

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was forced to miss the entire 2013 NFL season after he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a brutal ACL tear during training camp.

Maclin’s disappointment was evident as he was hoping to build off another solid campaign in 2012. Couple that with the fact that he had a new exciting offense under head coach Chip Kelly, and sitting out the entire season must have been excruciating for the former University of Missouri star.

With Pro Bowl teammate and consensus No. 1 wide receiver DeSean Jackson now on the division rival Washington Redskins, Maclin is ready to take the role of the No. 1 wide receiver and is poised for a breakout 2014 season.

In fact, Maclin believes that he will be better and stronger after enduring ACL rehab over the last year.

“In some ways I feel more fresh, more physically strong,” Maclin told CBSSports. “I just think you put so much hard work into your rehab process that that’s kind of what happens. You get that leg back. You build that leg back stronger. So like I said, I’m really looking forward to this year.”

Maclin has the opportunity to become a premier wideout in the NFL this year with the help of starting quarterback Nick Foles, who exploded onto the scene last year with incredible performances week in and week out.

Training camp will provide a lot of answers regarding Maclin’s health for the upcoming season, but if he truly believes he is better than before, the sky’s the limit for Maclin and the Eagles.

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