Fortunes change so fast in the NFL that a year off can feel like a decade.
For example, the last time that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suited up for the Philadelphia Eagles they were reeling at the end of a 4-12 campaign which saw them lose 11 of their last 12 games. Michael Vick was on top of the quarterback depth chart and Andy Reid was the head coach.
Today the Eagles are on top of the NFC East, with a new offense, a new head coach, a new quarterback and bright skies ahead.
One cloud on that horizon though is the problem of how to replace DeSean Jackson, who joined the Redskins after falling out with the Eagles’ front office during this offseason. It’s no small matter finding someone to step into Jackson’s shoes. In 2013 he had over 1300 receiving yards, nine touchdowns and 82 catches. He was also the Eagles’ primary deep threat. The Eagles had more explosive plays last year than any other NFL team.
The good news is that Maclin is capable of becoming that home run threat. By most accounts his knee has fully recovered from its ACL tear and he feels as good es ever. In this highlight reel you’ll see Maclin beat a number of NFL secondaries deep:
He’ll need to recover that explosive playmaking ability if the Eagles offense is going to pick up where it left off last season: leading the charge as the most dynamic scorers in the conference.