2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Candidates
After tearing his ACL in camp last offseason, Maclin missed the entire 2013 season. Reports out of Eagles camp are that Maclin is not only back to full health, he is actually feeling faster and better than ever. The absence of DeSean Jackson will only increase Maclin's value as the offense shifts to maximize his skill-set.
Even when Jackson did play alongside Maclin in 2012, Maclin had superior statistics in almost every major category. Maclin led the Eagles in receptions, targets, yards and touchdowns at that time. The sixth-year receiver now has a chance to show what he can do as the undisputed top guy. His 69.11 ADP has him drafted as the 29th WR. With value like that, a healthy Maclin is a bargain. Maclin may be the strongest contender for Comeback Player of the Year. The 2009 first-round pick is my prediction to win this award at year's end.
Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip last preseason and missed the first 12 weeks of 2013. Joe Flacco most certainly missed the presence of his favorite big target. In 2012, Flacco targeted Pitta 93 times and they connected for seven touchdowns. In the final four games of 2013, Pitta averaged five catches and collected double-digit targets twice.
Pitta should very easily see the second-most targets of any pass-catcher in Baltimore. The Ravens are lacking a viable No. 2 WR behind Torrey Smith. This leaves the door wide open to pick up where he left off before his injury. Pitta declared himself 100-percent healthy and doesn't even think about the injury anymore. The expectation last year was that Pitta could further become an elite TE and the same is true for the BYU alum in 2014. He is the eighth TE drafted with an ADP of 89.52. There isn't a lot of room for value, so be sure to not reach for this potential 2014 Comeback Player of the Year candidate.