Many people, including some of us here at FFToolbox, were very eager to see how the Eagles' top wideouts would fit into new head coach Chip Kelly's offensive system in 2013. Only half of the picture developed, because as DeSean Jackson ended up as a WR1 in fantasy, Jeremy Maclin was sidelined all year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during the early stages of training camp.
Now, Maclin is on the road back and told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and expects to be full strength in time for spring practice. However, we won't know if he will be attending Eagles' camp; that will depend on where he signs his next contract. Maclin is slated to become a free agent March 11.
Maclin caught 69 passes for 857 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Wide receiver Riley Cooper is also set to become a free agent. Cooper, acting as Nick Foles' No. 2 wideout, gained 835 yards with eight touchdowns this season. From a straight-up talent standpoint, Maclin is better than Cooper. He should be a very popular sleeper/cheap keeper grab in 2014.