Updates from Monday, July 14
Jeremy Maclin commented on his recovery at teammate LeSean McCoy's celebrity basketball game over the weekend, per Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski
Maclin thinks that in some ways, he's in better physical condition than he was before he tore his ACL. 'In some ways, I feel faster,' Maclin said. 'In some ways I feel more fresh, more physically strong. 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.'
For fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, good news is coming out of the team's OTAs—Jeremy Maclin is out on the field and fully participating, according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News provided the welcome news:
Chip says Maclin can do everything on the field this week. Of course, there’s no contact yet: http://t.co/b5m8ltBazA— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) May 29, 2014
Kelly added, per Eagles Insider:
Kelly: Jeremy Maclin is doing "fantastic" ... All 3 injured guys from last year are full-go— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) May 29, 2014
Maclin's status will be closely monitored this summer. After the Eagles cut DeSean Jackson, Maclin became the team's top receiver, and he'll play a huge role in the offense this season. It's a big ask for a player who missed the entire 2013 campaign, but for a player who has exceeded 770 yards and has scored at least four touchdowns in each of his four seasons, he seems primed for a breakout campaign if healthy.
And if he does happen to get injured again, the Eagles gave themselves insurance through the draft, as Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com noted:
#Eagles drafting of Matthews/Huff really protects them from potential Maclin injury. Matthews on outside w/Cooper, Huff inside should be OK— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) May 23, 2014
It's always a risky proposition relying on rookie wide receivers, of course, but the Eagles will be glad to have a contingency plan in place in case Maclin gets injured again.
All indications are that he'll be healthy and productive this season, however, news that will have Eagles fans quite excited for 2014. With a dynamic run game in place and Nick Foles locked in as the starter after a huge second-year performance, Philadelphia's offense should continue to shine.