27-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
After failing to throw a touchdown to a receiver in 2014, the Chiefs brought in Maclin, who scored eight. We'd consider that an upgrade. Maclin did more than score — he managed a robust 8.8 YPT in an ...
Jeremy Maclin Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with the Eagles in February of 2014.
Maclin was removed from Thursday's practice due to a minor ankle injury, Kansas City Star reports. "He just tweaked his ankle a little bit," head coach Andy Reid said. "He's OK. No problem."
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Maybe it's not as bad as Greg Jennings leaving Green Bay for Minnesota a couple years ago or Eric Decker leaving Denver for the Jets last year, but Maclin going from one of the league's most prolific offenses to one that did not complete a single touchdown pass to a receiver in 2014 is a precipitous environmental downgrade, to say the least. Maclin's coming off a career year in Philadelphia and won't turn 27 until August, putting him in his late prime. At 6-0, 198, he has merely average size, but good speed (4.45 40), excellent quickness and reliable hands. As such, he'll be Alex Smith's No. 1 receiver, especially given that the Chiefs guaranteed $22.5 million of his five-year, $55 million deal. The question is whether the risk-averse Smith has the arm strength (or the inclination) to get Maclin the ball downfield the way the Eagles did a year ago when his seven catches of 40-plus yards ranked third. Maclin played under coach Andy Reid for the first four years of his career and did manage 964 yards and 10 scores in 2010, but mostly on shorter routes. Beyond Maclin, the Chiefs are woefully thin at receiver with only 5-9 Albert Wilson in line for regular targets, but emerging tight end Travis Kelce should see more work, and this is a team that loves to spread the ball around and throw dump-offs to its backs.
A torn ACL last July ended Maclin’s 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 was last year because deep threat DeSean Jackson’s gone, and the less explosive Riley Cooper has taken his place. That means Maclin could be both the Eagles top target and its big-play option. At 6-0, 198, Maclin has only average size, but he’s fast (4.45 40), shifty and sure-handed. While Maclin’s seen a fair number of red-zone looks in the past (thanks to being bigger than Jackson) he’ll now the smaller regular target on the team when you count Cooper and tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. Even without substantial red-zone work, there’s significant upside here in Chip Kelly’s offense if Nick Foles plays at anywhere near the level he did for two-thirds of a season last year.
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, he’d 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 he’s fast, shifty and sure-handed (just four drops). He’ll still serve as Michael Vick’s most frequent target in a pass-friendly offense. Just realize that DeSean Jackson is the team’s 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 — 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. He’s 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 — Maclin saw nearly 100 targets even last year when he missed two games. Of course, the success of the team’s 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, Maclin’s not particularly stout and isn’t well suited to catching balls over the middle in heavy traffic. As such, he’s 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 they’ll want to get him involved right away – and not just in the return game. At 6-1, 200, Maclin has just average size, but he’s arguably the most explosive receiver in this year’s class. Maclin has excellent acceleration and elite deep speed, combined with great vision and soft hands. His route running still needs work, and he’s not very physical, so don’t expect him to see a lot of red-zone work – 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 isn’t that important as Andy Reid’s 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.