Maclin: 'In some ways, I feel faster'

Jeremy Maclin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in training camp last summer.

Simply returning to action is tough enough just one year later.

But the wide receiver not only came back healthy -- he feels better than ever.

“As far as all the routes, I’m doing them all,” Maclin told CSNPhilly.com. “We’ve had some plays where I’ve had to kind of stretch out and run out an kind of dig a little bit and I’ve made those plays. Plays [where] I’ve got to jump and catch the ball. I think the next step is actually getting tackled. Once you get past that I’m gonna be at 12 months anyway, so it’s healed.”

Maclin was injured during a non-contact drill. The rehab was difficult at times, but Maclin made it through and recently signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

With DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant gone, Maclin could potentially begin the season as the No. 1 wide receiver.

“In some ways, I feel faster,” Maclin said. “It’s a feeling, and like I said, you can tell looking on tape. … The one thing that’s gonna let me know when I get in a game is actually getting tackled, but like I said, by that time I’ll be well after 12 months and there will be nothing to worry about.”

Maclin participated fully during OTAs and looked to be 100 percent.

Just ask quarterback Nick Foles.

“I can’t tell a difference at all,” Foles said. “Coming out of breaks, everything, going downfield … he’s the same Jeremy and Jeremy is a guy that wants to get better every day no matter what. It’s exciting to have him back out there and healthy.”