Maclin On Pace For Historic Season
On July 27th, 2013, Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL during Chip Kelly’s first Eagles training camp, that forced the wide receiver to miss the entire season. Seven months later, Maclin decided to sign a one year contract only worth $6 million dollars, with $3.5 million garunteed, betting on himself to prove he’s worth more. Eight games into the 2014 season, so far Maclins bet is paying off.
Drafted 19th overall, in 2009, Maclin is on pace to not only have his best season as a pro, but a historic season for the Eagles. Through the first eight games of 2014, Maclin has 45 catches for 790 yards and eight touchdowns, which puts him on pace for 90 catches, 1,580 yards and 16 TDs this year, which would set single-season franchise records. Also, Maclin on Sunday became the 13th player in NFL history with consecutive games of 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns, the first since Miles Austin in 2009.
Maclin’s numbers are simply amazing, as he continues to impress each and every week. Many wondered if Maclin could be counted on as a true number one receiver, once the Eagles decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. Even in 2010, Maclins' second year as a pro, where he caught 70 passes for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns, having Jackson on the oppsite side of the field certainly helped his production. This season however, Maclin is the star of this offense, a true number one threat. Through offensive line injuries, an alarming amount of turnovers from the quarterback position, and a running attack that was dormant early in the season, Maclin has been the only constant. His heart and determination has been on display every Sunday, and there is no question if Maclin's play continues, he'll warrant a big contract this off season. The type of contract he felt he would eventually deserve, if he could prove his worth. Maclin has stormed back since his season ending injury last year, and gambling on himself could pay out big when its all said done.