If there’s any indication that Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has overcome the odds many said he couldn’t after not playing in 2013 due to an ACL injury, we can look to the first three games of the Eagles season. There were many football fans and even sports radio talk show hosts shouting before the season and in camp that Maclin wasn’t a number one receiver. He just wouldn’t and couldn’t show the speed anymore after his second career ACL tear. There were people questioning whether or not he’d even be any kind of difference-maker. He lived in the shadow of DeSean Jackson for far too long, and now the show is his in Philly. If there was ever a time for him to make a statement – that he could very well be a better wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles than his old counterpart, Jackson – he made it during the week 3 game versus Washington.
There they were on the same field, reading the defensive coverage’s and running their routes.
- Number 18 stats are as follows for week 3: 8 receptions, 154 yards, 19.3 yds./rec., and 1 TD.
- Number 11 stats are as follows for week 3: 5 receptions, 117 yards, 23.4 yds./rec., and 1 TD (as we know, one of those receptions was for 81 yards)
After his performance this week, Maclin now has five games of 140 yards or more. That’s fourth in Eagles history. Jackson has nine, Mike Quick has eight and Tommy McDonald recorded seven. I’m confident he’ll outshine Jackson and surpass this record. It’s only a matter of time given head coach Chip Kelly’s offensive direction.
Yes, we’re only three games in and there’s a lot more football to play this season, but Maclin is a top five wide out in receiving yards (he and Antonio Brown are tied for fifth). He has accumulated 296 yards, 18.5 yards per reception and 3 touchdowns (that should have been 4 touchdowns and another 80 yards, however, a penalty negated these). Thus far, DeSean has a total of 198 receiving yards, averaging 14.1 yards per reception and 1 touchdown. In your face, DeSean!
Okay, I’ll calm down. I really don’t have much against Jackson considering he was released from the Eagles in the offseason. Hell, I’ve even owned his jersey for the last four years. While I do think he’s a clown who makes boneheaded decisions on and off the field, he was a player who produced in Philly for years. It just so happened there was absolutely no chemistry between the new head coach and Jackson. Oh well. Things happen and people move on.
Jackson has moved on. Chip Kelly has moved on. And Jeremy Maclin has moved on. This week it was apparent that he and QB Nick Foles worked out the kinks from weeks one and two. Oh, and by the way, this basically the first time they’ve played together with the exception for a few plays in 2012. They were on the same page against Washington and I expect this to continue throughout the season. I expect their chemistry to get even better and for the bond to continue. So the real question is; do the Eagles coaches and front office as well as we fans really miss DeSean Jackson? The team is 3-0, they beat the Colts on the road, and have a ton of injuries on the offensive line to overcome. I can’t help to emphatically say, no. DeSean, you’re not missed.