26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
A torn ACL last July ended Maclinís season before it started, but in April he declared himself completely recovered, three months ahead of training camp. His situation is arguably better now than it w...
Jeremy Maclin Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with the Eagles in February of 2014.
Maclin will sign a five-year, $55 million contract with the Chiefs once the team clears the required cap space to do so, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Maclin will be guaranteed $22.5 million of the contract, earning $11 million annually.
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Jeremy Maclin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Nothing can be official until Tuesday, but Maclin reportedly plans to reunite with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. It's an interesting move, as Maclin offers a versatile skill set that makes him valuable in both the short and deep passing games, with the former more likely to be the focus in Kansas City. While Alex Smith may lack the arm strength to take advantage of Maclin's wheels, there should be plenty of targets available in the KC offense. The Chiefs got minimal production from their wide receivers last season, and Dwayne Bowe is a strong candidate to be released. The team likely envisions an offense based around Jamaal Charles, Maclin and Travis Kelce.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Maclin said he wants to stay in Philadelphia, adding that the Eagles made it clear that they want to keep him there. Considering his high level of success in 2014, catching 82 passes for 1,269 yards and 10 touchdowns with one game left, it's perfectly understandable why Philadelphia would want to bring him back, especially with Riley Cooper disappointing at one starting receiver spot. If the Eagles can retain Maclin and continue developing rookie second-round pick Jordan Matthews, they should have one of the NFL's more reliable one-two punches at wideout going forward. With all that said, it's easy for Maclin to assure everyone of his intention to return to Philadelphia without having seen what sort of money he might be offered on the open market. After playing at a discount rate on a one-year deal, Maclin presumably is focused on getting a well-deserved payday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Maclin would have likely served as Philadelphia's top wideout in 2013 -- both in real life terms and by fantasy football standards -- but a torn ACL in July ended his season. It's awful timing for Maclin, as he will be a free agent after the season. With Maclin out, DeSean Jackson becomes the clear fantasy target among Philadelphia wideouts, while Riley Cooper or Arrelious Benn figure to replace Maclin as the second starting outside receiver. Jason Avant figures to hold onto the slot role.
On the surface, Maclin seemed to take a step back in Year 3, but keep in mind he missed three games late in the season due to shoulder and hamstring injuries. If you prorate his numbers over 16 games, heíd have had 78 catches for 1,057 yards and six scores on 8.9 YPT, all career highs except for the touchdowns. The touchdowns declined in large part because he was targeted so much less frequently in the red zone (21 to 12) and also inside the 10 (12 to 4). Instead those scores went to LeSean McCoy who led all players with 20 scores and saw a massive increase in goal-line work. The re-emergence of tight end Brent Celek as a red-zone option (19 targets) was also a factor. At 6-0, 198, Maclin has only average size, but heís fast, shifty and sure-handed (just four drops). Heíll still serve as Michael Vickís most frequent target in a pass-friendly offense. Just realize that DeSean Jackson is the teamís primary big-play threat, and the Eagles seem to prefer other options in the red zone.
While DeSean Jackson makes most of the highlight reels, Maclin was the one who scored 10 touchdowns for the Eagles last year. Maclin (13th) actually finished one spot ahead of Jackson among fantasy receivers, albeit in two more games and on 20 more targets. And while Maclin doesn't have Jackson's jaw-dropping per-play numbers, his 13.8 yards per catch and 8.4 yards per target are solid marks for a receiver, who despite his speed, was playing more of a possession role, and he reeled in four catches of 40-plus yards. At 6-1, 200, Maclin isn't big, but he's the closest thing to a red-zone target the Eagles have out wide and as a result saw 21 looks from inside the 20 (7th) and 12 targets from inside the 10 (tied for 7th). Maclin heads into Year 3 as a starter in one of the league's most pass-friendly systems. So long as Michael Vick stays healthy, his environment could hardly be more favorable.
Maclin showed flashes of his big-play ability during his rookie year ó even if he was largely overshadowed by DeSean Jackson. Maclin had three catches of 40-plus yards on 96 targets, averaged 13.9 yards per catch and 7.9 yards per target. Year 2 is typically when receivers take a major leap forward, and conditions are ripe for Maclin this year. For starters, the former firstround pick can fly, has great vision in the open field and is very dangerous after the catch. Heís got good hands and is likely to see single coverage playing opposite Jackson. Moreover, the Eagles pass-happy system will ensure there are plenty of targets to go around ó Maclin saw nearly 100 targets even last year when he missed two games. Of course, the success of the teamís passing game hinges on the development of Kevin Kolb, but Kolb seemed more than up to the task during his starts last year when Donovan McNabb went down. At 6-1, 200, Maclinís not particularly stout and isnít well suited to catching balls over the middle in heavy traffic. As such, heís probably not slated for a lot of red-zone work (only nine targets there last year). So temper your expectations for his scoring even in the event of a breakout.
The Eagles are built to contend this season, so that they traded up to get Maclin in the first round means theyíll want to get him involved right away Ė and not just in the return game. At 6-1, 200, Maclin has just average size, but heís arguably the most explosive receiver in this yearís class. Maclin has excellent acceleration and elite deep speed, combined with great vision and soft hands. His route running still needs work, and heís not very physical, so donít expect him to see a lot of red-zone work Ė at least early on. Heading into camp, it remains to be seen whether Maclin starts opposite DeSean Jackson right out of the gate, or lines up in the slot with Kevin Curtis on the outside. Either way, the distinction isnít that important as Andy Reidís offense is one of the most pass happy in the league (4th most attempts), and Maclin should be able to earn his share of targets if he keeps his focus.