Rapoport reported that the deal was worth $11 million per season. Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch, but this decrease basically coincided with Mark Sanchez taking over for Nick Foles at quarterback. Now he’ll have Alex Smith as his quarterback and should see plenty targets alongside up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. HC Andy Reid is very familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this appears to be a system downgrade. Maclin averaged 4.6 catches for 61 yards and 0.50 TD (solid WR2-type numbers) from 2010-2012, while playing for Reid.
Update: This deal has been finalized.
The Eagles can also pick up a conditional pick in 2016 based on how many snaps Bradford takes. If Bradford plays less than 50 percent the Eagles will get a 4th-round pick, if he does not play at all it becomes a 3rd-rounder. If Bradford plays more than 50 percent of snaps the Eagles will not receive any additional compensation.
Change is afoot. Foles’ second season as the starter in Philadelphia didn’t go as well as his first. After a ridiculous 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, Foles tossed 13 touchdowns against 10 picks last year. It wasn’t all his fault, however, as he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line and didn’t have as much time to throw. In the seven games that he finished in 2014, he averaged 16.9 fantasy points, which is about what Philip Rivers scored as the #12 QB on the season. Foles ultimately broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. He'll be penciled in as the starter in St. Louis, but this is a scheme/system downgrade, and the Rams' receiving corps is currently lacking established talent. As for Bradford, he'll get a fresh start in a friendly offense, though the Eagles just lost Jeremy Maclin. It's a familiar situation for Bradford, who has never had the benefit of a strong supporting cast. Both quarterbacks will be QB2 types heading into the summer.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Chiefs are expected to release Bowe on Wednesday, according to a source. Bowe became expendable when the team locked into an agreement with Jeremy Maclin on Sunday.
Bowe's production has been on the decline since 2011, though the last two years (with QB Alex Smith) have been particularly ugly.
The wild ride of subtraction and addition will apparently continue with the Philadelphia Eagles because receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid on the Kansas City Chiefs once free agency officially begins on Tuesday, according to league sources.
The Chiefs will need to clear salary-cap space to sign Maclin, whose new contract would project in the range of what Randall Cobb received to stay with the Green Bay Packers at $10 million per year. It's possible Maclin could slightly exceed Cobb's salary when negotiations are finished. Unlike Cobb, who chose to remain with his team, the Green Bay Packers, Maclin is prepared to depart Philadelphia, coming off his best season, in which he had 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Maclin played on a one-year, $5.25 million contract in 2014 after missing 2013 with an ACL injury.
Update: The deal is reportedly worth around $11 million per season.
Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch, but this decrease basically coincided with Mark Sanchez taking over for Nick Foles at quarterback. If the report turns out to be true, he'll have Alex Smith as his quarterback and could hog targets alongside up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. Reid is familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this appears to be a system downgrade.
Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane on the team's negotiations with free agent WR Jeremy Maclin:
Maclin should be the No. 1 priority for the Eagles before free agency starts on March 10. They lose him and they’re really going to have to pay if they want to sign a free agent of comparable skill -- if there is one remaining. It shouldn’t come to that. Maclin wants to stay, the Eagles want him, and last I heard they weren’t significantly far apart. He should end up with a contract somewhere in the $9.5-$10 million a year range with most of around $20 million guaranteed in the first two years. If a deal can’t be struck by Monday afternoon, the Eagles will have to decide whether or not to use the franchise tag ($12.8 million). It’s unlikely the Eagles will want to pay Maclin that much over one season.
Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch. If Maclin re-signs with the Eagles, fantasy owners should keep his late-season swoon in mind.
Speaking Monday morning on 94WIP, head coach Chip Kelly stood behind quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has yet to lead his team to a victory this month.
"Mark's our quarterback," Kelly said.
Since taking over for an injured Nick Foles, Sanchez has been average at best, throwing for 2,126 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games. What has killed both the team and Sanchez has been the turnovers. With 10 interceptions and three fumbles, Sanchez has turned the ball over 13 times this season.
His inability to take care of the ball was the final nail in the Eagles' coffin this weekend. The Eagles were driving for a game-winning field goal, and had the ball in Washington Redskins' territory. With pressure in his face, Sanchez tried to get the ball to receiver Jeremy Maclin, but the ball was low and behind the receiver. Outside of that, Sanchez did produce some nice fantasy numbers and was at least back on track in that department after three down weeks.
From a fantasy angle, Mark Sanchez was cruising a long putting up serviceable fantasy points - until the last two weeks. The matchups get easier as the Birds take on the Redskins and Giant to close the season, but if you've survived with Sanchez to this point it will be tough to trust him in Week 16. While he was half a yard away from a long Jeremy Maclin TD pass to his credit, his two biggest pass plays were shorter throws that Maclin and Josh Huff turned into big gains or his final numbers may have resembled his passing numbers against Seattle. It's possible the team turns back to Foles if they make the playoffs, but at this point it doesn't look like Foles will get a chance to shake the rust in the regular season.
"I guess we'll see," Maclin said. "I saw him follow Dez [Bryant] a little bit. For the most part, we kind of stay on one side as receivers, and he's on my side."
Maclin complimented the Seahawks' secondary, but he has always contended that he's confident he can get open in man-to-man coverage. That does not change this week.
"I like my chances against anybody," Maclin said.
Sherman is one of the league's top cornerbacks, so this is a matchup that Maclin owners should be aware of heading into Week 14. Given his play, he's still startable, but owners would be wise to lower their expectations given the matchup.
Sanchez played well and certainly offered hope that the Eagles will be fine without Foles. Sanchez connected with Jeremy Maclin on a deep ball on his very first play of the game. Sanchez also threw a pair of red zone touchdown passes. If a quarterback can deliver big plays and red zone touchdowns, you feel good about your chances to win games.
Sanchez made good decisions in the game. His throws were accurate. I thought he put great touch on several key passes. Sanchez hit Jordan Matthews on a fade for a short touchdown. That was an exceptionally good throw. The ball needed some air on it so Matthews could run under it, but the pass couldn't be too soft or the defender could get to it. Sanchez put the ball right where it needed to be and it had great touch. Matthews made the grab and got both feet down. The other red zone score was a pass to Maclin on the right side. Maclin was well-covered, but the defender had his back to the ball. Sanchez threw the ball low and Maclin went down to make the grab.
Both plays were impressive because it is hard to score in the red zone. You love having open receivers, but often the quarterback has to "throw his receiver open." Sanchez did just that on both plays. He put the ball in a spot where only his guy could get it. Also, Sanchez threw the passes so that they were catchable. There were times in the past when Mike Vick would put too much heat on his red zone throws and receivers couldn't handle them. Sanchez made good reads, quick decisions and the right kind of throws. That's what you want in the red zone.
We have Sanchez ranked #16 in our rest-of-season rankings. He's an attractive add mainly due to Chip Kelly's offense. He looked capable at times while with the Jets, but never had a good selection of weapons around him. He'll have plenty of talented receivers to throw to in Philly. His schedule down the stretch only has one scary matchup -- Week 14 vs. Seattle.
Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:36am
Cornerback Patrick Peterson was diagnosed with a concussion in the second quarter and missed the rest of the contest. Peterson was hurt when teammate Deone Bucannon hit Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and drove him into Peterson with enough force that both Maclin and Peterson had to go to the locker room for evaluation.
Maclin would return, but Peterson wouldn’t and will now have to gain clearance by going through the concussion protocol. It’s too early to know whether he has a chance to do so in time to play against the Cowboys next week, although Peterson tweeted that he’s OK, in a game that will likely leave us with a frontrunner for home field advantage in the playoffs.
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Through two games, Eagles QB Nick Foles has completed just 16 of 39 passes (41 percent) to Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Jordan Matthews. Although he’s thrown touchdowns to Maclin in both games, Foles has hit on just eight of 21 targets (38 percent) to the sixth-year wideout.
Compare that to Zach Ertz, who’s caught seven of the 11 passes thrown to him, and the running backs, who have 21 combined receptions on 24 targets.
Even with the chemistry issues with Maclin and Cooper, Foles is the #6 QB through two games. If he can get in sync with his wideouts, a top 5 season will likely follow.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:28pm
Through two games, the Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the league in both points (64) and yards (878). That is impressive, especially considering that not everything on the offense is clicking just yet.
QB Nick Foles hasn’t been quite himself through two games. (Or, at least, the 2013 version of himself.) The choppiness that we saw during the preseason has carried over. Like last week against the Jaguars, a bulk of the misfires came in the first half. His third down pass intended for Jeremy Maclin near the goal line on the opening possession was off the mark, as were a pair of swing passes and a longer toss to Maclin in the corner of the end zone in the second quarter. He ended the half 13-of-21 for 187 yards with an interception.
"I missed some throws. I missed some throws that could have really helped us out and if I hit those throws, it will shorten the chains," said Foles. "I need to be a little more accurate, give my guys the opportunity to catch the ball and run with it."
His receivers weren't helping. There were six drops, including one by Riley Cooper on a perfectly-placed ball by Foles in the left corner of the end zone in the first quarter. Cooper had one catch for eight yards. He has five catches for 37 yards on 11 targets through two games. Rookie Jordan Matthews had a couple drops. And on the interception, Maclin could have arguably made a better effort fighting for a ball that Greg Toler came away with.
Foles missed Ertz on a throw in the red zone that was behind him and also never saw a wide open Cooper streaking across the field on a key third down play, both in the second half as the Eagles were trying to come back. The Eagles play calling in the red zone was rather odd as Chip Kelly opted for plays many would define as "cute." Foles could be a little on edge behind an offensive line that's banged up right now. The good news is RBs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles have been helping pad his fantasy stats. The team has another favorable matchup on Sunday against Washington.
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