Jeremy Maclin Update

Posted: February 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 32 Comments »

I missed this story over the weekend, but Jeremy Maclin spoke to reporters and said what we all want to hear.

“I’ve always stated this is where I want to be. The Eagles have stated the same thing,” Maclin said Saturday at the NovaCare Complex before tryouts for the Soul of the arena league. “We’ll continue to get on the same page with all that and just get something done.”

These comments don’t mean a whole lot, but this is what you want to hear. The player wants to be here. That is half the battle with getting a player re-signed. Money is the biggest factor, obviously. If the Eagles don’t make the right offer, Mac will start to notice how lovely it would be to play elsewhere. Hopefully the two sides can work something out.

As for his health status (coming off the ACL injury), things sound good.

He walked without issue and said he is “very pleased” with the recovery of his right anterior cruciate ligament, which he tore in July. He will not be fully healed by the time he signs a contract, likely in March, but Maclin is optimistic about his participation in the spring and summer.

“Training camp is no question,” Maclin said. “OTAs, I’ll be able to run around and stuff, probably just without contact. I’m in a very good place at this stage of my rehab.”

Keep your fingers crossed that Maclin is healthy and that he and the Eagles can work something out. The offense could use another speedy receiver to keep defenses honest.

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  • Iskar36

    Does the time frame Maclin gave seem slow, particularly coming from the player himself? Seems to me most years you hear players trying to make it back before OTAs after getting injured during the season. Maclin is hesitant about OTAs, and he got injured before the season. Obviously everyone recovers at their own pace, but his recovery seems slightly long compared to some others we have seen in the past.

    • gherbox

      Would it being the second time he injured his ACL have anything to do with that?

      • Iskar36

        Could be. At the end of the day, as long as he is ready for TC, and even more importantly, the regular season, I don’t see it being an issue, I just thought it was interesting.

      • A_T_G

        I wondered the same thing, but didn’t we learn that last time he was given the ligament from a cadaver and that this time his surgery was done in the way that all athletes are done, using some other ligament from his body? That made me question whether there is any reason to expect a longer recovery.

        • A_T_G

          See Rob’s (at least that is what they call him) comment for the technical, sciencey names.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      Borrowed this from another commenter, NickS1, over at 24/7 (who is going through this rehab himself, poor guy):

      After his first tear at Mizzou, he had an allograft, which has proven to have a 20-35% re-tear rate (number varies among the literature) among competitive athletes. He went to Andrews for his recent tear, and used a Patellar Tendon graft, which has about a 5-7% re-tear rate, is generally stronger, and more durable. The allografts tend to stretch and wear over time, which is usually the cause of the re-tearing. The PT graft doesn’t suffer that same fate since it’s your own tissue that’s never been freeze dried, etc. I wouldn’t stress his injury too much.

      To your point, there may be a difference in the surgeries and recovery time. Additionally, from my own experience, the initial time between tear and surgery can differ as well, since they have to wait for swelling to decrease. I’d imagine Maclin was not in as much a rush to get under the knife as some guys who tear later in the year/season. Can’t remember how long it took him last year until he got the surgery.
      For someone with his experience, and having been around the team all year even when injured, I don’t think going contact-less or, say, 80% in OTAs is really a big deal. But, it may be for other teams who would be looking to integrate him into their scheme ASAP

      • A_T_G

        The other points are certainly valid, but I think that every NFL player has the PT graft now (unless they are the 5%-7%, because then it is already gone), so the differences in recovery time based on the type of surgery should be moot.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          I’m curious how many decline the PT graft, specifically because it’s one of the harder ones for athletes to rehab; although the PT graft is the “gold standard”, it’s not suitable for all.
          http://www.orthoassociates.com/SP11B35/
          I also wonder what happened in a case like Danario Alexander, where maybe an athlete gets a PT graft the first time but has to switch it up after that.

          Granted, I’m no surgeon, but I’d assume in this case a “delayed” recovery, compared to freaks like AD, is the far better outcome than talk of setbacks and delays.
          Additionally, let’s all pray Huls has banned Roll-A-Bout products from the rehab facility

          • A_T_G

            Also, as you alluded to, it might actually work in our favor. We can afford to be a little more patient than teams that need to teach him their system.

      • Iskar36
    • Patrick

      When I had my ACL surgery I was told that it would take 9 months before I could resume non-contact sports and a full year for contact sports. Maclin tore his ACL late July which means it hasn’t even been 7 months yet. He obviously has the benefit of the very best medical care and physiotherapy and the luxury of his rehab being his job and sole focus, but he also has to return(for the second time) to a almost superhuman level of physique and be ready for one of the most violent sports in the world. If he is able to fully run and cut like he used to by OTAs, I think thats fine, OTAs isn’t the most physical practices anyway. He can strengthen the knee to the point of it being ready to take the beating it requires in TC, no sense in rushing it.

    • D3FB

      Kelce tore his knee up in early September ’12. He was still pretty limited during OTA’s last year and only got cleared for full go a week or so before camp.

    • Ark87

      I think Adrian Peterson has skewed the public perception a bit. RG3 tried to match it, got the docs to say all the right things, definitely wasn’t ready. It used to be common knowledge that it takes 2 years to get back completely, sports psychology and medical advances have shrunk that way down and raised our expectations. OTA’s for a vet? Best to play it cautious and skip them. Any setback can have big consequences. Once a player can’t trust his knee (due to swelling, soreness, tightness, etc), he can’t play right. Best to let him get as healthy as possible.

  • Baloophi

    You buried the lead! Did Maclin make the Soul????

    “I’ve always stated this is where I want to be. The Eagles have stated
    the same thing,” Maclin said Saturday at the NovaCare Complex before
    tryouts for the Soul of the arena league.

  • Tumtum

    Good because it appears Riley is gone. Good riddance.

    • phillychuck

      Why does it appear that Riley is gone? And why is that a good thing, since Riley is Foles’ security blanket?

      • GEAGLE

        Cuz the credible Florio reported it, citing his “NFL sources” lol

    • GEAGLE

      Hahahahaha you actually believe profootball!talks “sources”???

  • Cliff

    The timing on this probably works to the Eagles favor. If Mac can’t be extensively worked out and tested until summer, other teams may hesitate a little more than normal on his injury. And I wouldn’t think Mac would want to stay a FA that long in to the year.

  • GEAGLE

    I would be pretty surprised if we didn’t extend Mac and Coop before free agency starts..

    Other names I’m expecting to become Eagles:
    1) Malcom Jenkins starting safety

    2) Alex Carrington DL 27yrs old 6’5 305lbs..hurt for most of this year but was a real efficient interior pass rusher in 2012 for the bills. Expect to see a lot of him lined up at DT next to Cox when we go to our 4man line during Nickle
    ..
    3) Corey Graham to replace Colt Anderson and lead our ST (sorry Rob) don’t expect to see him on defense unless the injuries pile up. Expecting 2yrs 3mil deal

    4) I don’t see how they could sign an OLB, while paying Cole,BG and Barwin. I expect the OLB to come via the draft, but if we do sign a FA OLB, I would expect it to be Everson Griffin, unless Jabaal Sheard is cut or traded.

    These aren’t names that you see on any fans wish list…believe I can list about 5 FA at each of these positions I’d rather see on the eagles next year, But following the “batting average approach” these are signings that I’m expecting..

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      don’t sorry me nothing. it’s bad enough you continue to do the man a disservice by comparing him to a NFL-player-in-jersey-#-only like Colt. Corey Graham is far superior to Anderson as an actual defensive player, except at CB. but aside from that, do you really have to post it in every thread written over the last 3 days?

      • GEAGLE

        Just for you….I’m sure you said similar things last year when I was posting we would sign Cary and Casey…I heard a little something from a little someone who store me in the right direction before and I passed it on…next time, I will keep it to myself. promise..happy?

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          if, by some miracle, the Eagles not only sign Graham but bury him at Safety to be their ST ace, I’ll change my handle to “theycallmewrong”

          • GEAGLE

            Call yourself whatever the fuck you want,,I was told something, from someone I find extremely credible and passed it along hoping each of you would extend the same courtesy..my mistake, and I can assure you it won’t happen again. Problems solved . Enjoy your evening.

    • Tumtum

      I was hopeful Carey last year. Just a decent starting corner with some fight who knows what it takes to win. Nothing special. I would say he probably even exceeded expectations a bit. He actually had some impressive games.

      I also *really* like Graham. I really don’t see him wearing a helmet with white wings next year though. For a bunch of reasons. The dude is a better than middle of the road nickle. An argument could be made that he is top 10 or better. Not so sure he is really suited to play outside. He has done it and done okay, but probably not ideally suited to do it full time.

      The Eagles clearly don’t need a nickle corner. Much less not one that is going to command some serious coin for the position. I expect he will sign a deal better than Joselio got with Oak. I don’t see them moving Boykin outside either soo… yeah. Very nice player. Don’t see him on this team.

  • Christopher Miller

    Did the hyperbaric chamber phase die out? Seems like just a few years ago everyone showed up to training camp with one and swore they sped up recovery time.

    • Mitchell

      The Dragon Ball Z gang used the hell out of the Hyperbaric time chamber and look how strong they are!

      • Steag209

        DBZ also trained in 100x Earth gravity, they must be part of Chip’s sports science secrets

        • Mitchell

          Who was your favorite character? Mine was probably Piccolo or Teen Gohan.

  • ojdiddoit

    When his acl heals fully will that fix his tendency to short arms passes?avoid contact over the middle?

    • Cafone

      I think the new coach and the new system will do that, just like it has for all the other players who sucked in Reid’s last year.

  • eagleyankfan

    Here’s the thing. That Eagles offense was pretty dynamic in 2014. Do the Eagles HAVE to have Mac? I don’t think so. I’m not sure how much money he’ll be looking for but I doubt the Eagles are backing up the money truck to pay him…