| Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
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|Draft: 2009 Round 1 (19)
DOB: 1988-05-11 Age: 26
|Maclin overcame some preseason injury issues (a medical condition that reportedly caused him to lose a pile of weight) to have a nice start to the season but the injury bug struck at midseason causing him to miss three games and preventing him from putting together his first 1,000-yard receiving season. The Eagles 2009 1st round pick is a talented player with above average speed and a willingness to catch the ball in traffic and over the middle but there is always a lingering suspicion that his production is tied to seeing less attention than his fellow starter DeSean Jackson. It is worth noting that the two Eagles receivers have produced similar fantasy point totals over the past two seasons. What makes Maclin more appealing from a fantasy perspective is his consistency and reduced risk profile. Maclin shows up every week when he is healthy and hasnít showed himself to be a diva receiver during his three years in the league. While Maclin isnít likely to generate the ten touchdowns that made him a solid fantasy option in 2010, he should come close to that given that he is a better red zone option than Jackson. Expect him to top 1,000 receiving yards for the first time this season and rank as a mid-tier WR2 at seasonís endÖ without the headaches.
|Ertz poised for breakout season -- Wed Aug 27 3:00 am --|
Philly evolving without DeSean Jackson
|Zach Ertz was eased into the offense as a rookie last season by coach Chip Kelly. He played 36 percent of the offensive snaps in the Eagles' first eight games and 45 percent in the final eight. As Ertz gained experience last season, Kelly went to more two-tight end sets. The Eagles used two- and three-tight end formations only 17.5 percent of the time in the first eight games, but 37.7 percent in the last eight. "You knew when you watched him in college that he had the chance to be something special," Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that."
FF Today's Take: With an expanded role in 2014, Zach Ertz should take another step forward in overall production. However, he will have to fight for targets in an offense that also includes two capable receivers out of the backfield and a healthy Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper on the outside.
| Maclin leaves practice with hamstring injury -- Wed Aug 13 1:00 pm --|
Still hopes to play in Friday's preseason game
|Jeremy Maclin cut Wednesday's practice with the Patriots short after he said his left hamstring "grabbed" on him. The Eagles wide receiver had just caught a long touchdown pass from Nick Foles during team drills when he walked to the sideline and was visibly upset. He met briefly with trainer Chris Peduzzi and then stood on the sideline for the rest of practice.
FF Today's Take: Maclin missed time earlier in camp due to "sore legs" and missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury. He has a huge opportunity to be a fantasy stud working in Chip Kelly's offense but he comes with a high injury risk. Maclin is currently sporting an ADP of 6.01 (WR25) in 12-team redraft leagues.
| Maclin expected to practice today, tomorrow -- Wed Aug 6 10:45 am --|
Sore legs limiting Maclin in camp
|Jeremy Maclin put on all the equipment but didn't practice yesterday, after breaking off his participation early in Monday's workout. Maclin said afterward that his legs are sore, as he works his way back from last year's ACL tear.
"I probably could have gone, but I just wasn't 100 percent," he said. He said he expects to practice today and tomorrow and to play in the preseason opener Friday in Chicago. "What you do in rehab's not what you do on the field. No matter what you do, you can't get ready for what you've got going on on the field . . . It's just a little soreness. It'll be knocked out." (Philly.com)|
FF Today's Take: Maclin also says that he is expecting to play in Friday's preseason game against the Bears. He has a golden opportunity in Chip Kelly's offense to post career numbers and pick up the slack left by DeSean Jackson. His injury risk is significant and is typically being taken as a high-end WR3 in the 6th round of 12-team leagues.
|Maclin has looked "fantastic" in camp -- Mon Jul 28 5:10 pm --|
Making his way back from 2013 ACL tear
|Since his return to practice back in April, WR Jeremy Maclin has professed that he is a "stronger" version of his former self. QB Nick Foles has seconded that, and Eagles HC Chip Kelly has used "fantastic" to describe how Maclin has looked. Maclin said he bases it partly on "gains made in the weight room" but mostly on what he's able to do on the field. "Being able to dig and go track balls down. Being able to plant and come back to balls. Those are the plays I made before I got hurt and those are the plays I'm making now," Maclin said. (Philly.com)|
FF Today's Take: Most owners already have typecast Maclin as an injury-prone receiver, but it is clear the Eagles are counting on him to replace DeSean Jackson - in terms of his position and most of his production. The fifth-year veteran has always been a more complete receiver than Jackson, but also more injury-prone. With more weapons around him than Jackson had last season, expect Maclin to be a top-end fantasy WR3 this year.
|Maclin feeling faster than he did pre-injury -- Mon Jul 14 4:05 pm --|
Recovering from July 2013 ACL injury
|Jeremy 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." (Philly.com)|
FF Today's Take: Maclin is taking over the "Z" receiver spot formerly occupied by DeSean Jackson. Perhaps it is too much to expect him to produce at the same rate as Jackson did last year, but Maclin was a more complete player prior to his injury. Then again, with more weapons surrounding him this year, he shouldn't be needed as much as Jackson was. Maclin obviously comes with a fair amount of risk, but he is a high-end WR3 at worst in all leagues this fall.
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