Jeremy Maclin’s first day of workouts since missing nine days while contract negotiations dragged on was uneventful.
Maclin seemed to be in good shape.
Maclin made some nice catches in 1-on-1 drills, nabbed a low TD throw in the back of the end zone with Jack Ikegwuounu draped over him, and fielded punts, along with DeSean Jackson and Danny Amendola.
Given that he has missed a lot of the offensive installation, his time during the full-team periods yesterday morning was limited. Maclin spent a lot of time conferring with wideouts coach David Culley.
"He was telling me what I'm doing and coaching me up after every snap," Maclin said. "I'm excited, excited to be out here."
Here are some other highlights from Jeff Lurie's annual state of the team address:
On whether he looks at the past ten years as a success or if he still feels as though he has not succeeded because they have not won a Super Bowl:
“I look at it both ways. I am obviously really proud of the success; it’s rare in the sport. But, until we win a Super Bowl, I don’t really go there very much. Granted, you’ve got to have a lot of luck and good health and the bounce of the ball when you’re in the final eight and the final four, that’s kind of what it’s all about there. On any given day in those playoffs, anybody can emerge. When the Patriots beat the Rams, nobody gave them a chance. Arizona almost won the Super Bowl last year. I can say for myself, obviously proud, the decade has been amazing but, I want the future to be filled with championships.”
On whether bad luck has kept them from winning a Super Bowl:
“If I knew the answer I think I would be smarter than I am. It’s who’s healthy and who’s playing great in January and February—some key plays— and that is what it is. It’s so hard to get there. The hardest part, clearly, is getting to the final four. We’ve been able to do that five of the last eight years, it’s unheard of. But that opportunity to bring home a championship to our amazing fans is what is in front of us and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
On whether he has any concerns about the future of the NFL:
“I can’t really talk about the collective bargaining process. Except, to say that it’s an opportunity for the owners and the players to create an even better system that will allow the sport to grow and allow the fans to enjoy the sport in an ever-increasing fashion. That’s the goal. That’s the goal of it and that has to play itself out, but otherwise I can’t comment on that.”
On how much emphasis he puts on character when considering signing or drafting a player:
“We put a tremendous emphasis on character. There are many times [when] we will pass a player in the draft room that is a terrific physical talent. Character is so important that I really attribute it to when you are suffering in the middle of the season - very few teams have 15-1 seasons or 16-0 seasons - you are going to have periods where you’re down. Your momentum is down, whether it’s the offense, it might be the defense, it might be overall. It’s character players that bring you out of that lull. Last year was the greatest example of all. I think it does translate to success. It’s worked for us. I know we’ve had the best record in the NFC this decade and I really attribute it to having a very high character group of players.”
On who he sees as the leaders of the team:
“I don’t want to name names but I think it’s obvious to you guys. In the conference call we had after Jim died, I mentioned several names on defense. It’s obvious. Every year it becomes obvious and if it’s not in August it becomes obvious by September and October. It’s the guys that are also playing well. It’s not just leadership by being on the bench it’s the guys that really emerge as your impact players and you see that all over the place.”