Eagles GM Howie Roseman was asked recently about WR Jeremy Maclin, and how long it takes a player to return to form following a torn ACL.
“I think it depends on the player," he said. "We saw Adrian Peterson come back after six months, and did he win the MVP award after that? So I think it depends on the genetics. And all I know is what our doctors are telling us, and he’s doing a great job in his rehab. We fully expect him to be ready to go once the season starts.”
As we all know, Peterson is a freak. Few bounce back like he did. He tore his ACL in December of 2011, and ran for two touchdowns in the Vikings' opener the following September to kick off an MVP campaign. Ridiculous.
Maclin sustained his injury in late July and will have had well over a year to recover by the time meaningful games roll around. As Roseman referenced, all of the reports have been really positive on the receiver to date. Still, it's yet to be seen how the knee (now twice surgically repaired) responds and holds up over the course of a season.
Assuming there are no issues, yes, I believe Maclin can have a big year in what has proven to be a skill position-friendly offensive system.
Maclin's availability will impact the snaps/targets for Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, among others. Since he tore his ACL in the summer, we're expecting him to be a full go for Week 1, though he may not look like himself until the 2015 season.