For as explosive and successful as the Philadelphia Eagles' offense was last season under the direction of first-year head coach Chip Kelly, it's frightening to think the unit could have been even better with one of Philly's most productive wide receivers been in the mix.
Before the 2013 season, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who had compiled a team-high 258 catches since joining the team as a rookie in 2009, tore his ACL in training camp and was forced to sit out the entire season.
This season, though, Maclin will be back and healthy, and Kelly couldn't be happier about it.
“Mac's doing fantastic,” Kelly told ESPN.com. “One of the things I loved about all three of those guys [Maclin and other injured players] is every single day in the offseason last year, or in-season last year, they were here, we have them. They got right to it immediately after the surgery. All three guys are cleared, full go out there ... And Mac's doing a really good job, just getting back familiar with it. I was really excited about how he would fit into what we do because of what he can do. And then to lose him that early in camp was disappointing. You got a taste of him. But having him out there full speed running out there right now, he's doing a really good job.” With DeSean Jackson cut and off to the Redskins, it's now Maclin's time to step up and lead this Philadelphia receiving corps. Not only should he play a huge role in this dynamic passing game along with Riley Cooper, but he'll also be a good mentor to second-round draft pick Jordan Matthews, who was brought in to more or less replace the void left by Jackson.