Maclin, who was released by the Chiefs on June 2 and later signed with the Ravens, missed four games last year with a groin injury and there was a steep drop in production from a sensational 2015 season. Maclin had 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 after he had 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns the season before.
Talking with ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s podcast “Know Them From Adam,” Maclin said that groin injury was worse than people knew. He revealed the injury when Schefter asked about the perception that Maclin was a step slower.
“Well, I tore my groin last year,” Maclin told Schefter. “So, if I’m supposed to be just as fast with a torn groin, then more power to them. Man, I guess they just have to wait and see. I don’t really have anything else to say about that. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I’ll still be able to get open. I’ll still be able to make big plays, that’s for sure.”
Maclin posted 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, but had a substandard 2016, struggling to a 44-536-3 line thru 12 games. He was a respectable No. 44 WR on a per game basis through the first eight weeks, but the groin injury submarined his season. He joins a Baltimore offense that has had the most pass attempts over the past two seasons and lost Steve Smith (101 targets), Dennis Pitta (121) and Kamar Aiken (50) from last year.
Maclin posted 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, but had a substandard 2016, struggling to a 44-536-3 line thru 12 games. He was a respectable No. 44 WR on a per game basis through the first eight weeks, but a groin injury submarined his season. His arrival will impact both Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, but it's probably the latter who is more negatively affected by the signing. The Ravens are trying to replace 335 targets from last year's team, so there is more than enough work to go around. We'll update team projections shortly, but Wallace still looks like a fantasy WR3, while Maclin and Perriman are WR5 types. Joe Flacco will get a slight upgrade.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Tyreek Hill, a Pro Bowler last season, will likely get the first crack at replacing Jeremy Maclin at the “Z” position, the spotlight receiver spot in Reid’s West Coast offense.
Hill actually caught more passes (61) for more yards (593) and touchdowns (six) than Maclin had last year in 215 offensive snaps.
“I mean, he works hard and he’s skilled,” Reid said of Hill. “Is he still learning? Yeah he is still learning. I’ll tell you that with the receivers because that’s what they do until they get defenses down. But, he will give you good production at that (Z) position.”
Hill averaged 71 total yards and 0.64 TD in his final 10 regular season games (15.3 PPG). HC Andy Reid has indicated that Hill’s snaps (41% for the year) could “double” and it sounded like Reid was planning to start Hill in the slot, though now we know he’s going to start at Jeremy Maclin’s “Z” position, the featured receiving position in Reid’s offense. Per 4for4's Player Snap App, among players who played at least 40% of their team's snaps, Hill ranked first in fantasy points per snap in both standard and PPR formats. He was the #11 fantasy receiver (PPR) after his team's Week 5 bye. The Chiefs’ decision to cut Maclin certainly raises Hill’s floor. In the four games that Maclin missed last season, Hill averaged 7.0 receptions (on 8.5 targets) for 63 yards and 0.25 TD. Throw in his role in the rushing game and he’s suddenly looking like a strong fantasy WR2.
Beat writer Terez A. Paylor: Maclin consistently got first-team reps in OTA practices, though there was some rotation among the skill players. Looked spry to me.
Related players: Travis Kelce
Maclin posted 87 catches for 1088 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, but had a substandard 2016, struggling to a 44-536-3 line thru 12 games. He was the #44 WR on a per game basis through the first eight weeks, but a groin injury submarined his season. His departure should give Hill a bump, but it's hard to see Conley or Wilson taking full advantage after not making much of a fantasy impact early on in their respective careers. In the four games that Maclin missed last season, Hill averaged 7.0 receptions (on 8.5 targets) for 63 yards and 0.25 TD. Throw in his role in the rushing game and he’s suddenly looking like a strong fantasy WR2. And don't forget Travis Kelce -- he should see a load of targets at tight end. As for Maclin, he immediately becomes the most intriguing receivers on the free agent market.
The final pregame injury report issued by the Chiefs on Wednesday lists Maclin as a full practice participant. Maclin hasn’t played since suffering a groin injury early in the Chiefs’ game against Jacksonville on Nov. 6.
Owners should keep their expectations in check. Groin injuries are difficult to play through and the team said he was not ready to play as recently as Sunday. Through eight weeks, Maclin was the #45 fantasy receiver, so he's a dicey WR4/WR5 start on Thursday.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Maclin will make his return against the Raiders, though he’s still dealing with a groin injury and wasn’t all that productive prior to the injury. Tyreek Hill remains the better play.
The Chiefs only have one full practice this week before they take on the Raiders in a home game on Thursday night and the word from Kansas City is that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be a full participant in it.
Related players: Tyreek Hill
Coach Andy Reid broke the news when he met with the media on Tuesday and it represents a major step up for Maclin. The wideout has missed four straight games because of a groin injury and practiced on a limited basis last week before being ruled out for the team’s game against the Falcons.
No. 1 receiver Jeremy Maclin is progressing towards a return. Coach Andy Reid said Maclin is "making improvement" but doesn't yet know his receiver's status for Thursday Night Football.
Maclin hasn't played since a Nov. 6 game against the Jaguars, and even then he was in for only a couple of snaps.
Related players: Tyreek Hill
Even if Maclin played, Tyreek Hill was our preferred play so Hill remains a nice option for lineups.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. Maclin may be able to return this week, but Tyreek Hill is our preferred play even if Maclin is back in the lineup.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 7:13pm
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill is a Sneaky Start once again. After a big Week 10 (with 10 catches on 13 targets), Hill gained 61 total yards on five touches in Week 11. He’s the best bet of the Chiefs receivers to find the end zone.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Maclin looks doubtful for Week 12. After a big Week 10 (with 10 catches on 13 targets), Tyreek Hill gained 61 total yards on five touches in Week 11. He’s the best bet of the Chiefs receivers to find the end zone.
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