2010 Year in Review
Philadelphia Eagles Jeremy Maclin played second string to DeSean Jackson in 2009 during the tenure of Donovan McNabb. He’s been more than an adequate wideout for the Eagles offensive machine but had a breakout season during the 2010 regular season, excelling past his teammate DeSean Jackson in terms of touchdowns and receptions. Maclin absolutely dominated the Atlanta Falcons during the early part of the season with 159 yards on 7 receptions and 2 touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a victory of 31-17. On top of that, he had 22.7 yards per carry of which his longest was an 83-yard reception. In that complete obliteration of the Washington Redskins of the score of 59-28, Maclin contributed 90 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. The following game against the New York Giants, he dominated with 120 receiving. Then began his fall as the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans kept him under 75 yards a game and 11.2 yards per catch. On the bright side, he did manage to score three touchdowns in those four games. However, not all this was Maclin’s doing. At that point, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was battered as defenses caught on to his tendencies. Vick withdrew into his former shell as a rushing quarterback as defenses blitzed consistently. Maclin did improve somewhat when the team faced the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card game. He had 73 receiving yards on 3 receptions and 24.3 average yards per catch. Unfortunately, he was kept out of the endzone when the Philadelphia Eagles lost 21-16. In 2009, he was a low WR2 at best, but in 2010, he improved to a solid to high-end WR2/low-end WR1. In fact, his 10 touchdowns ranked seventh among wideouts, and his 964 accumulated total receiving yards during the regular season ranked him 19th among wideouts.
2011 Outlook and Beyond
Compared to his 2009 rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles organization, Maclin had six more touchdowns and 191 more receiving yards. He improved his ranking as 54th among wideouts in touchdowns to seventh which is a great improvement. His 773 yards during his rookie ranked him 43rd. However, his receiving yards led him in the company of potent San Diego Chargers wideout Malcolm Floyd and Indianapolis Colts invaluable wideout Pierre Garcon during his rookie season. During his 2010 season, Maclin was in the company of breakout Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams. Maclin has begun maturing as a wideout, but his athleticism and speed won’t break his teammate DeSean Jackson.
Jeremy Maclin still has about three years on his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he should still have productive seasons with Michael Vick at the helm as they have some sort of chemistry. Jeremy Maclin’s productivity will have direct impact on others, most notably tight end Brent Celek and his teammate DeSean Jackson. Maclin is the preferred target of Vick over Celek and Jackson during the 2010 regular season. I expect the trend to continue into the 2011 season minimally as long as Michael Vick stays around. Maclin will remain productive and effective wideout on the fantasy football roster.
Jeremy Maclin has shown that he has become an effective cog in the Philadelphia Eagles offensive machine, but his productivity heavily remains on the health of Michael Vick, as do the other Eagles wideouts. I wouldn’t draft a wideout too early during the 2011 fantasy football season however. He should remain a solid WR2 to low-end WR1 throughout the 2011 season, but there may be surprise fantasy football wideouts that you can pick off the waiver wire that might more than adequately be as productive and serve as a substitute. Remember Denver Broncos Brandon Lloyd, Buffalo Bills Steve Johnson and Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Bowe among others. Most of these wideouts were not chosen first and immediately on draft day. This has been the trend for the past three or four seasons as free agency has leveled the playing field. The 2011 fantasy football draft should be no different.