PHILADELPHIA – All Jeremy Maclin could do was watch, wait and work.
But he couldn’t play.
For an ultra-competitive player such as Maclin, it was quite difficult. After suffering a torn ACL in training camp last year, Maclin was unable to be part of the new-look Philadelphia Eagles, who finished 10-6 and captured an NFC East title under coach Chip Kelly.
Fast forward nearly a year and the wide receiver is back and prepared to make a difference.
“Mac's doing fantastic,” Kelly said. “One of the things I loved about all three of those guys [Maclin and other injured players] is every single day in the offseason last year, or in season last year, they were here, we have them. They got right to it immediately after the surgery. All three guys are cleared, full go out there. ... And Mac's doing a really good job, just getting back familiar with it. I was really excited about how he would fit into what we do because of what he can do. And then to lose him that early in camp was disappointing. You got a taste of him. But having him out there full speed running out there right now, he's doing a really good job.”
Maclin, who recently signed a one-year contract, spoke to reporters Thursday as the Eagles completed this round of OTAs.
Since joining the Eagles as a first-round draft pick in 2009, Maclin has compiled a team-high 258 receptions.
“I've been at it for a while now,” Maclin told reporters. “This was the first day that [reporters] have been here, but since day one that we reported back, I've been out there with the team and doing everything that they're doing. It's kind of becoming routine for me now.”
Maclin believes he’s in a good position to pick up where he left off before the knee injury.
“As far as what we're doing on offense, it's not changing one bit,” Maclin said. “We've added some pieces, but I'm looking forward to seeing this offense take the step to the next level. I think we definitely have the guys that can do that. I had all last season to kind of get into the playbook and learn the offense, so I'm not behind on that aspect. But it's different [being out there]. You don't know what you're getting into until you get out on the football field. The way that we practice, things were flying at a fast pace. So once you get the thinking part down, I think you just react, and that's when you kind of get comfortable in the offense.”