Monday, February 8, 2016

Maclin lost in Vick-Jackson hype

Lost in the Michael Vick-DeSean Jackson hype machine is the excellent season that Jeremy Maclin is having.

Maclin lost in Vick-Jackson hype

Jeremy Maclin reacts after fumbling the ball against the Giants. (Ron<br />Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Jeremy Maclin reacts after fumbling the ball against the Giants. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Lost in the Michael Vick-DeSean Jackson hype machine is the excellent season that Jeremy Maclin is having.

The Eagles wide receiver may not be as dynamic as Vick or as dramatic as Jackson, but he's having a season every bit as good as the quarterback and his receiving counterpart.

Because of his unassuming nature -- and Vick and Jackson's obvious flair -- Maclin gets overlooked on occasion by the media.

"I don't look at it like that," Maclin said on Thursday. "Whoever you guys decide to write about you guys decide to write about. I have no control over that. The only thing I have control over is helping my team win games. That's the bottom line."

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If you consider scoring touchdowns as helping a team win, then Maclin has aided the Eagles more than any other player other than the quarterback. He has a team-leading ten receiving touchdowns and has not gone more than two games all season without getting into the end zone.

"He's having a heck of a year," Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "Jeremy Maclin is a heck of a football player. He's sort of overlooked a little bit with Michael's dynamic ability and DeSean ... [But] he's been a touchdown-maker for us. He can score on the deep plays and he can also catch and make the quick move and he's a physical guy."

Maclin is 110 yards shy of reaching 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career. He's second on the team in receptions with 64 -- ten behind running back LeSean McCoy, but 19 ahead of Jackson -- and hasn't missed a game all season.

"Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it," Maclin said about his season thus far. "I'm more pleased with where were at as a football team, to be honest with you. That's the big important picture. You can't get caught up in stats or Pro Bowl."

Maclin has become a tireless worker off the field, as evidence by his physical transformation in between the end of his rookie season and the start of this one. He's also done the little things like improving his down field blocking. He delivered a key block on tight end Brent Celek's 65-yard TD catch on Sunday against the Giants.  

Still, Maclin's accomplishments sometimes fall under the radar because he isn't as extravagant as Jackson. While Jackson has become known for his touchdown celebrations, the most Maclin may do after a score is violently spike the football into the ground.

"Different strokes for different folks," he said.

Maclin and Jackson are dissimilar in ways more than just their on-field demeanor. Their different personalties -- Maclin is serious and introverted while Jackson is more vocal and outgoing -- make for a receiving odd couple. 

"I think that's maybe one of the reasons why our relationship is as good as it is," Maclin said. 


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