Tag:Jeremy Maclin
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:32 pm
 

A DeSean Jackson extension doable? Eagles say yes

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles recently gave Michael Vick a big old pile of money to be their quarterback for at least the next six years. That made everyone happy, except perhaps wideout DeSean Jackson, who still wants more money from Philadelphia.

So where does this contract leave Jackson? Well, it's pretty interesting, actually, apparently the Eagles still have enough money left to extend Jackson, according to team president Joe Banner.

"It is possible. Is that what you're asking me, to extend another player?" Banner said of Jackson, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It is possible. If you're asking me a mathematical question, I say yes."

I love this answer. Like, a lot -- Banner's admitting that the Eagles could extend Jackson. But he's not saying anything about whether or not they will extend Jackson.

Perhaps most terrifying for Jackson is the fact that the Eagles, having given Vick all that money, now have their franchise tag open for 2012. And while that would surely result in Jackson making many more millions of dollars than he's making right now, it would also result in the wide receiver playing on a one-year contract.

He's made it clear that he'd like a little more long-term security from Philadelphia, so that could escalate things between he and the team leading up to next year.

But, then again, it's entirely possible that they could extend him before that ever becomes an issue. The math says so anyway.

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Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Maclin, Steve Smith return to Eagles practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A week after receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to Eagles camp following his health scare, he finally has begun practicing today.

More good news for Philadelphia: as the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, newly-acquired receiver Steve Smith, still recovering from micro-fracture surgery on his knee, was taken off the physically unable to perform list and has begun practicing as well.

Smith, Maclin Return
That means the Eagles must feel like he can contribute early in the season, and it means the Giants, in letting Smith go to their arch-rival, might have made a big mistake.

Including DeSean Jackson, the top-three Eagles receivers are now practicing together for the first time.

For now, coach Andy Reid will play it safe with Maclin and Smith and evaluate them on a daily basis to see when both can take the field for a game.

"If they make it through (Saturday) evening fine, without any problems or setbacks, then we'll add some more onto it (on Sunday)," Reid told reporters. "And then we'll just keep on going from there and see what happens. But really, I can't tell you the date right now on either one when they'll be ready to play."

For what it's worth, Smith -- who says he won't be 100 percent healthy for a few more weeks -- and Maclin expect to be ready by the Sept. 11 season opener.

"I was kind of getting my feet back under me a little bit," Maclin said, via the AP. "Over the next few days, we're going to manage my reps and let me get used to it. I feel alright, conditioning-wise. It's just being out there, running routes. I haven't done that in a while, so there's definitely some work I need to do.

 "Like I said, I think I'll get back to my normal self pretty soon."

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Reid: Maclin is back, will return to practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin hasn’t practiced this season while he’s dealt with a mysterious illness that he hasn’t wanted to talk about publicly. He’s returned to St. Louis for tests, and it’s been proven that he doesn’t have cancer.

But good news today, as Andy Reid told the media, including the Philadelphia Daily News that Maclin has returned to the team. Now, he’ll spend the next week or so working to get back in shape before he returns to practice.

Assuming that Maclin is ready to go early in the regular season -- and Reid says there's no doubt Maclin will be prepared to play in the season opener -- the Eagles WR corps of DeSean Jackson, Maclin, Steve Smith and Jason Avant will be a tough one for opposing defenses to stop. But now it seems that Maclin is getting healthy, and really, that’s the most important news of all.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:21 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Jeremy Maclin medically cleared post cancer scare

Posted by Will Brinson

Jeremy Maclin's absence -- and his "mysterious illness" -- has hovered above Eagles camp. Good news was expected on Tuesday, but it wasn't until Wednesday evening when the wide receiver revealed that he's dealt with a "cancer scare" for the past few weeks.

The scare began on May 11 when a scan -- designed to follow up on heavy weight loss among other symptoms -- found "enlarged and hot" lymph nodes. Now, the receiver is cleared, based on what he told Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com Wednesday.

"That's first and foremost, I want everyone to know I'm fine, I'm healthy," Maclin said. "I was tested for everything, and every single test came back negative. I don't have mono, I don't have AIDS, leukemia — all the things people were guessing on, there was nothing. I was being tested for lymphoma and thank God everything has come back negative."

Maclin also noted the precise reason why he kept any news about his health out of the public -- he wanted privacy as he dealt with the possibility of a very serious disease and the battery of tests that accompanied such a fear. He also noted how the Eagles treated him less like an employee during the process, and more like a son.

"I wanted to keep it private until I knew for sure what was going on, and the Eagles were amazing," Maclin said. "They were one of the only ones who knew. My relationship with them is more than professional. They were like family during this."

Eagles Offseason

Wednesday, doctors called him and informed him that the tests had cleared him of any illness -- Maclin told Glazer that the scare was "all caused by an inflammatory virus."

The Eagles are expected to release a statement on Wednesday evening and Maclin is expected to return to practice soon, though he said he has to wait a bit longer until he's "healed from the procedure last week."

He'll likely have some catching-up to do, based on the fact that he spent his offseason being tested for life-threatening diseases and undergoing constant medical exams.

But that's okay, because the wide receiver has -- understandably -- a new lease on life.

"Man, I don't wish this on anybody. I look back at my whole life, I've already gone through so much," Maclin said. "I already appreciate where I am and appreciate the game of football. I can't wait to get back out there and just resume my normal life."

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Maclin's brother: WR is 'fine,' update Tuesday

Posted by Will Brinson

Jeremy Maclin has been missing for the duration of the Eagles' training camp with what can only be classified as an "unspecified illness."

There doesn't even seem to be a hunt for information on Maclin's illness (though we know he returned to St. Louis for "more tests" recently) and it's presumably out of respect for the 23-year-old wide receiver.

However, Maclin's older brother said on Monday that there would be information forthcoming about Maclin's status and that the wideout is "fine" and his career is not in jeopardy.

"When I say definitely, we definitely will have some news tomorrow," Andre Maclin told The Sporting News. "That’s when we find out exactly what’s going on and when we will address it and talk."

Yes, this makes the illness only more mysterious, and terrifying, though Andre emphasized that there's nothing seriously wrong with Maclin.

"They kind of have us on a gag order until tomorrow," he said. "But he’s fine, he’s fine. That much I can say."

He also added that he's "confident about that as well" when asked if he believed that the Eagles wide receiver would play in the upcoming season. Which leads us to speculate that the signing of Steve Smith might not have been for Maclin insurance.

But it doesn't really matter either way -- the only important thing here is that Maclin ends up coming out of whatever he's dealing with fully healthy.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 5:27 pm
 

D-Jax says Steve Smith is Jeremy Maclin insurance

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson is finally back at training camp, practicing with the Heat Eagles.

And, according to reports out of Bethlehem, he's impressing people with early production in practice, having already torched Asante Samuel twice for a pair of long touchdowns.

He's also chatting about Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles recent addition of former rival wideout Steve Smith, which Jackson says is basically Maclin insurance.

"The reason why they picked him up is they're unsure of Maclin's health," Jackson said Saturday, per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

So that should thrill the front office. I mean, we knew that, kind of. I think. Right? Right.

See, Andy Reid made it clear when he signed Smith that it had nothing to do with the state of Maclin's health, which lies somewhere between "mysterious" and "absolutely unknown."

But Maclin's illness has to be the reason the Eagles signed Smith.

Or maybe the Eagles were just thinking along the same lines of Michael Vick when he said that you can "never have enough weapons."

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:50 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 6:55 am
 

Eagles WR Maclin returns to St. Louis for tests

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin missed the first five days of training camp, and although he's been at Lehigh University for more than a week, he has yet to practice. He's been battling an unspecified illness and Thursday, as his teammates prepared for their preseason game against the Ravens, he returned to his hometown of St. Louis to undergo further testing.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLaine and Jonathan Tamari, head coach Andy Reid, appearing on WIP 610 AM, said that Maclin's trip home had been planned. As for why Maclin would travel to Missouri to consult with doctors when the Eagles have their own, the Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen offers one theory.

"But Maclin, the Eagles' top receiver last season, is from the suburbs of St. Louis, and you'll recall that he was more or less raised by the family of a youth football coach, Dr. Jeff Parres," Bowen wrote Thursday. "Parres is a urologist, so I kinda doubt he's the one doing the tests right now, but obviously, Parres has deep connections in the medical community there, and no doubt, there are friends/associates he wants to assess this."

Bowen adds that "Maybe there's a different diagnosis or possible direction the case has taken, that Maclin and Parres would like to double-check with the guys back home. This is all speculation, because the team has never said what doctors think is wrong with Maclin or what the prognosis is."

Team sources told Bowen that the signing of ex-Giants wideout Steve Smith had nothing to do with Maclin's situation. As for what this means for Maclin's 2011 remains unclear. Bowen points out that "Right now, the significance of Maclin returning to St. Louis is this -- as long as he was at Lehigh, you figured he was trying to get ready to practice and might be out on the field soon."

Clearly, that's no longer the case, at least for the time being.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Responses vary regarding Steve Smith signing

Smith

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reaction to the Eagles signing of former Giants WR Steve Smith has stirred emotions across the NFC East. We thought it was a strong signing by Philadelphia’s front office, and it was interesting that Smith revealed that the Eagles showed “MUCH more” interest than the Giants did in signing him.

That led to Giants fans lambasting Smith -- coming off microfracture surgery on his knee that could keep him out the early part of the season. Smith wrote Thursday on his Facebook page: "Instead of cursing at me and wishing my family and my knee harm, i wish you could understand that i truly wanted to stay here but that the giants DIDN'T want me here unfortunately.. thank you to my true fans for standing by me and offering your support during this time.”

Steve Smith's Eagles signing
Even some of his old teammates got into the act.

Via the Philadelphia Daily News, Giants CB Terrell Thomas tweeted the following: "Hate to see a [Steve Smith] sign with any team. But glad we get to play against him two times a year and show him the grass ain't GREENER* on the other side.”

*As an aside, I think that tweet would have been more effective if Thomas had put “ain’t” in all caps instead of “greener.” Like this: “But glad we get to play against him two times a year and show him the grass AIN’T greener on the other side.” See what I mean?

Meanwhile, New York coach Tom Coughlin pointed out to reporters that Smith’s surgery was performed by a Giants team doctor, and the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch tweets that Coughlin sounded betrayed by that notion. Coughlin also said the Giants never had a chance to match the Eagles offer of one year, $4 million ($2 million of that guaranteed) and that Smith’s representation told the Giants they would have a chance to counter. He said it was akin to competing in a race that you didn’t know had started yet (to be fair, though, the Giants had plenty of time to sign him once free agency began).

We have yet to see how Eagles RB LeSean McCoy -- who engaged in a Twitter war with New York DE Osi Umenyiora, which then led to Smith getting involved and posting a pretty sweet picture of him celebrating the Giants Super Bowl victory while featuring an empty Eagles trophy case (as you can see in the above picture) -- reacts to his newest teammate. But Smith is pretty sure everything will be cool between the two.

"Yeah, it’s going to be funny," Smith said Wednesday night during a conference call with reporters. "I’m going to go up to LeSean the first day I see him and just shake his hand and give him a hug and tell him that was all just Twitter beef and it was just all in fun. And you know, it’s just a great rivalry and I’m thankful to be a part of it. And having switched sides it’s a little different but still it will be exciting to see what it’s like on this side.”

The Newark Star Ledger’s Mike Garafolo also had interesting analysis on why the Giants let Smith get away to an intra-divisional rival, writing, “I'm completely baffled on this one. What is going on in the Giants' front office? I mean, seriously, what is going on right now? I'll tell you what's going on: for the first time, Jerry Reese's seat must be getting warm. … How do you let Smith become so discouraged by your efforts to retain him that he goes to see your arch rivals?”

Garofolo then argues that Smith was a potentially valuable asset who the Giants should have squared away (even if Smith had to miss half the season while recovering from his surgery).

Instead, Smith goes to the Eagles, and once he gets his hug from McCoy, he can begin the process of finding a place in a WR corps that includes DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. The Eagles just got a little bit stronger, while the Giants, competing for the same NFC East title, potentially let a star get away.

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