Jeremy Maclin Fantasy News

Eagles release DeSean Jackson
Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:15pm - [Full Article]

The Eagles dropped a bombshell Friday afternoon when they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 82 passes for 1332 yards and 9 TDs. The Eagles reportedly explored compensation from other teams around the league via trade, but Jackson’s outright release comes as a surprise.

"After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today," the team said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This move has been rumored for quite some time now, but still comes as a bit of a surprise. It's unlike the Eagles to not get anything in return for a player who is just 27 and coming off perhaps his best season, which means there was not a lot of interest from teams to deal for him and his large contract. News also came out today about Jackson's ties to a gang in Los Angeles. Obviously, way too many red flags eventually forced the Eagles decision here. Jackson had been tied to several teams via trade, like the 49ers and Patriots, and the Jets came out and said they were interested in Jackson, but wouldn't give up a pick. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper now emerge as the team's top receivers. It also means the Birds will likely address the WR position early in the draft next month.


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Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:20pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Jeremy Maclin and Eagles have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin's return makes the Eagles' depth chart after DeSean Jackson rather murky. When healthy, Maclin is better than Riley Cooper, but the ACL injury is a worry. Still, Maclin is just 25 years old and since he injured his knee before the season, he should be close to 100 percent in 2014. His ADP will land in the middle rounds (6th-9th). By taking the one-year deal, Maclin will be highly motivated to produce big numbers so he can cash in next spring.

Report: Riley Cooper to sign four-year deal this week
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:16am

Geoff Mosher, Twitter - [Full Article]

League source tells me Riley Cooper will sign a 4-year deal tomorrow with Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

With Jeremy Maclin out for the season, Cooper had a good year, finishing #24 in standard formats and #31 in PPR. For a five-game stretch from Week 6 to Week 10, Cooper was the #2 receiver in fantasy football, but he definitely faded down the stretch, posting #54 WR numbers the rest of the way. If the Eagles bring Maclin back, it'll be tough to get too excited about Cooper's prospects given his inconsistency in 2013.

Jeremy Maclin (ACL) ahead of schedule
Friday, January 3, 2014, 1:22pm - [Full Article]

Jeremy Maclin said Thursday that he was ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and that he anticipated being ready for the start of spring practices on April 21.

Maclin has some paperwork he must deal with, though, before he can be penciled in as a participant at the start of the Eagles' offseason workouts. The wide receiver is slated to become a free agent on March 11 when the new league starts.

The Eagles, of course, have until then to work out an extension with Maclin if they hope to bring him back for 2014 and possibly beyond. Receiver Riley Cooper is also slated to become a free agent.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles will have decisions to make with Maclin and Cooper as both players head into free agency.

Monday, November 11, 2013, 9:41am - [Full Article]

Out of nowhere, out of an incident that could have torn the Eagles apart before Chip Kelly had coached his first game, WR Riley Cooper has emerged as perhaps the most pleasant surprise of their season: 28 receptions; seven touchdowns; a gaudy 19.8 yards per catch; and, most important, a group of teammates who were willing to accept him again.

"I'm so proud of him," wide receiver Jason Avant said. "Only he and I know some of the conversations we've had or some of the things that transpired that could have had him down. But he's definitely overcome a lot of things."

No one but Cooper knows whether he has truly changed in the wake of his telling a black security guard at Lincoln Financial Field that he would "fight every n- here," and in a way, we don't have to know.

Everyone carries some amount of prejudice, however small, within his or her heart. No one is immune. No adult is an innocent. As offensive as Cooper's language was, what matters now is that he understood he was wrong, that he has not repeated the behavior, and that his teammates were forthright both in condemning what he said and allowing him the opportunity to repair his relationships with them.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooper has exploded this season since QB Nick Foles has taken over. Cooper's numbers with Foles are impressive: 15 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs in about a game-and-a-quarter of work this season. The two have played a lot together on the second team while Foles was behind Michael Vick and Cooper behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 12:34pm - [Full Article]

With Jeremy Maclin out, Riley Cooper likely will be paired with DeSean Jackson in most of the Eagles' two-wide-receiver sets.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooper has sleeper potential, but likely won't see enough targets to be fantasy relevant in Chip Kelly's run-oriented offense. Over the last two seasons, Cooper averaged fantasy WR4 numbers in games where he saw 5+ targets.

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 6:13pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Greg Salas worked at times with the starting offense Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Salas had a nice game against the Patriots on Friday night. The Eagles are leaving things wide open in their search to find a WR2 to replace Jeremy Maclin, and they don't seem to be in a hurry to go outside of the organization right now.

Eagles WR2 spot Russell Shepard's to lose
Monday, August 5, 2013, 4:09pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

With Jeremy Maclin out for the year, Riley Cooper off somewhere getting help and B.J. Cunningham released with an injury waiver, Russell Shepard has found himself working with the Eagles’ starting offense at wide receiver across from two-time Pro Bowl pick DeSean Jackson.

Running with the starters in August and starting in September are two different things, but Shepard has certainly opened up a lot of eyes going into the preseason opener Friday against the Patriots at the Linc.

Fantasy Impact:

Shepard is taking advantage of no Maclin or Cooper at camp right now. Arrelious Benn has just returned from injury, but at this point is way behind.

Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:14am - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Arrelious Benn could be a starting wide receiver for the Eagles on opening day - or he could be off the roster by then.

It's hard to find a player with as many variables as Benn, the talented 24-year-old wide receiver who was acquired by the Eagles in March. One of HC Chip Kelly's maxims is that "durability is the best ability," which would not seem to be a point to ponder for Benn.

Fantasy Impact:

With the loss of Jeremy Maclin, and Riley Cooper in trouble for a racial slur, the Eagles WR2 position is wide open. Benn is a former second-round pick who has the size (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) and the ability to be a productive NFL receiver, however he hasn't proved to be durable.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:38pm

Rueben Frank on Twitter - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Damaris Johnson working with the first offense outside, with Jason Avant inside.

Fantasy Impact:

With Riley Cooper absent from the team, Johnson is getting work alongside DeSean Jackson. Whomever wins the WR2 job isn't likely going to be an every-week fantasy option in the wake of Jeremy Maclin's injury. Look for the Eagles to run more and/ or use more multi-TE sets.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:55am - [Full Article]

Even with WR Riley Cooper, the Eagles lack a reliable No. 2 wide receiver to complement DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant in the slot.

Their transition to a tight end-oriented system will be even more pronounced, and look for James Casey and Zach Ertz to play major roles with Brent Celek.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles don't plan to go outside the organization to replace Jeremy Maclin, which was a huge loss. With Cooper now in trouble for a racial slur, it makes sense the Birds look for more production from what is a deep group of tight ends. Celek probably has the most value of the three but it appears he could lose some work to the versatile Casey and rookie Ertz, who has even lined up on the outside at times in camp.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:54am

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

The Eagles have only had two full-squad training camp workouts so far. But ... TE Zach Ertz has gotten some attention for the way he’s played.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz will likely stay behind Brent Celek and even utility guy James Casey, but all three have a chance to earn more playing time with the loss of WR Jeremy Maclin and the team unlikely to go outside the organization to replace him. Still, of the three, Celek is most likely to have the best fantasy value at this point.

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:59am

Philadelphia Magazine - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Riley Cooper has a few things going for him in the competition to take over for Jeremy Maclin. Most notably, his size and his ability as a blocker, something HC Chip Kelly values. Cooper is unlikely to match Maclin’s production, but he’s probably the favorite right now to replace him as a starter.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooper has never really been impressive filling in in the past, but he was operating in an offense that wasn't very good last year. He's got plenty of work with Nick Foles as the two mostly ran on the second team last season.

Confirmed: Jeremy Maclin tears ACL, out for 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1:56pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL during practice Saturday at the NovaCare Complex and is expected to miss the 2013 season, a league source said.

Maclin was carted off the field Saturday about an hour into practice.

Maclin, a fourth-year wideout in the last year of his rookie deal, went down at the end of 7-on-7 drills.

Fantasy Impact:

Jason Avant will likely remain a slot receiver so expect names like Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Arrelious Benn, B.J. Cunningham, Greg Salas along with rookies Ifeanyi Momah, Russell Shepard and Will Murphy to compete for the job. Benn and Cunningham were already out of practice after suffering minor injuries in Friday’s practice that rendered each one day to day. The Eagles could also use more multiple TE formations with Brent Celek, James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz.

Friday, July 19, 2013, 1:31pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

“I’m going to be honest, the last offense was geared to the position that [DeSean Jackson] played,” Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin said. “That’s just what it was. That’s just what it was. So the fact that I was able to personally accomplish what I accomplished, I think as far as the position I was playing, I think that’s above what that guy normally does.

“D-Jack and I were able to complement each other, and it worked well. But that’s just how the offense was tailored.”

“There’s two ways you can run the West Coast Offense,” Maclin said. “You can run it where the flanker position, you can put him in the slot, put him in motion, or you can tailor it around a single receiver who’s always by himself. And when Marty was here, we tailored it around the flanker position. That’s just how it was.”

Fantasy Impact:

The implication is that Chip Kelly's offense will make things more balanced between Jackson and Maclin, which could be good for Maclin provided the offense is successful in the NFL.