Eagles Deny Interest in Maclin
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Put any thoughts of a reunion between the Philadelphia Eagles and Jeremy Maclin on simmer.
In fact, you can probably turn off the stove completely if you believe Doug Pederson.
Pederson was asked if there is any interest in reuniting with Maclin, who has already visited with Buffalo and Baltimore after spending the previous two seasons in Kansas City with Andy Reid.
“At this time, no,” the coach said.
That's pretty definitive but Pederson made it clear he's very happy with his remade receiving corps, which includes free-agent pickups Alshon Jeffery, as well as Torrey Smith, and draft picks Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.
"It's been one of the bright spots of the spring, quite honestly, to see these guys," Pederson said when discussing his WRs. "To see Alshon [Jeffery] come in here and Torrey [Smith] come in here, to work with the young players. To get Nelson [Agholor] and the progression of where Nelson's at, and DGB [Dorial Green-Beckham], it's all sort of collectively coming together. These guys are rallying around each other in practice; they're encouraging each other in practice; they're challenging each other in practice. It's fun to see."
Jeffery and Smith along with Jordan Matthews in the slot have been penciled in as the starters but with Matthews missing most of OTAs with knee tendinitis, the oft-maligned Agholor has been excelling in his place.
On Thursday, the former first-round pick had the offensive play of the day by catching a deep ball down the middle while splitting safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod.
“I love the guys that we have. At this time, I am very pleased with what we are working with,” Pederson said. “We have some young talent that is playing extremely well. Going forward next week and into camp, that’s what I am trying to see, how can they really handle the workload and what we are trying to do offensively.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen