Eagles Notes: Jeremy Maclin Ready to Go, Is Jason Peters Almost Ready?
Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin said he's finally 100 percent recovered from his early-season hip injury. Maclin missed the Arizona game due to the injury, but was noticeably hampered in at least two others.
"With Maclin playing hurt I am sure they didn't want to put to much pressure on him, to make to many moves," said former Eagles all-pro Leonard Weaver on the Sports Bash. "When he came back in the Ravens game he was doing well, then came back and made a cut and hurt himself even more, but they wanted to use his threat and his ability to get some double-teams to open up things for other players."
Maclin says he is ready to go and open some things up for himself, but admitted there is a sense of urgency in the Eagles locker room for the second half of the season.
“Just go out there and take advantage of everything," Maclin explained. "Not that that’s how you have to do it anyway, but now more so than ever. We know we have 10 games left and we know that it’s not the end of the world, so guys are pretty confident.”
Maclin led the Eagles in receiving last season but has just 20 catches for 295 yards and three touchdowns this season. He's been slowed by a hip injuries that have either limited his practice time or kept him off the field entirely. Maclin exploded for 130 yards and a touchdown on six receptions versus the Lions in Week 6, so he hopes to continue on that role coming out of the bye week vs. Atlanta.
“I think we’ve underachieved, especially to our standards," Maclin admitted. "Turnovers have killed us again early on in the season, so we have to step up and everyone has to go out there and be confident.”
11 of his 20 catches have come in the Eagles past last two games.
Could the Eagles offensive line, which has been much maligned this season get some help soon? Eagles coach Andy Reid says "there's a chance" LT Jason Peters will play this season. Peters is attempting to return after rupturing his right Achilles' tendon twice over the offseason. Peters' return would be a big boost, but how realistic is it that he can come back and play at an NFL level?
“There’s a chance," Reid stated. "You saw [Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell] Suggs go through the same thing. Now the difference is Jason had two of these. I’m not going to put him at risk. He’s got three weeks here. We’ll see how he does here. He’s not ready right now. The way that I understood [it] was it’s three weeks from today. We’ll see. The ninth week is really what it is. Not from today but from Monday or Tuesday, whenever you’d activate him onto that next phase.”
As for defensive tackle Mike Patterson, he practiced Monday for the first time since undergoing offseason brain surgery and has been cleared to practice but is not ready to return to game action.
"Mike practiced with us on Monday [and was] very limited," said Reid. "He’ll do a little bit more today. We’ll just see how he does putting the pads on today so he’s taking that next step.
The Eagles have a three-week window to activate Patterson from the NFI list.