Even after bringing back Jordan Matthews, the Eagles should still consider bringing back Jeremy Maclin.
After reports came out that Mike Wallace had fractured his fibula week two against the Buccaneers, the Eagles wide receiver room featured just three healthy wide receivers. Nelson Agholor, Kamar Aiken, and Shelton Gibson. Only one of those players has proven they can be a real threat to defenses in the NFL.
With the Eagles razor thin out wide, the possible names flying around for Philadelphia to pick up included Josh Gordon, Dez Bryant, but also possible reunions with Matthews and Maclin.
Howie Roseman appeared interested in these reunion ideas as Matthews was spotted at the Nova Care Complex Tuesday working out for the team. A report also came out last night that the Eagles planned on setting up a workout with Maclin.
Source close to Jeremy Maclin says Eagles are setting up a workout with Jeremy
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 18, 2018
The Eagles took the reunion route on Tuesday bringing back Matthews (to the disliking of Eagles Twitter) to provide what could be a rusty Carson Wentz with more weapons this week as they await the return of Alshon Jeffery.
Even when Jeffery comes back to form a trio of Alshon, Agholor, and Matthews, the Eagles would still be smart to bring Maclin in.
Doug Pederson said in his press conference today that Wallace may not miss the entire season despite being placed on IR, but he is expected to miss the majority of the regular season as is Mack Hollins who is also on IR.
That leaves behind the starting three, Kamar Aiken and Shelton Gibson. Bringing in Maclin would not only give the Eagles another veteran leader on the offense, but it would also provide more options with formations and provide different skill sets.
It appears the Eagles are set on having Jeffery and Agholor as the outside receivers with Matthews in the slot when the team is at full strength. While Agholor has made plays on the outside and should still be extremely dangerous on the edge, there will also be times Pederson wants to use Agholor inside where he was elite in 2017.
Matthews could move outside in those situations, or come off the field with Ertz/Goedert on the outside. However if Pederson wants to have more speed and stay in 11 personnel at times with Agholor in the slot, that is where Maclin could be an option over Aiken or Gibson.
Maclin also provides a speed factor that outside of Agholor, the Eagles do not have on this offense.
Darren Sproles is an explosive weapon but the probability of Sproles breaking a swing or wheel route deep down the field for a big gain is not something to bank on.
Any of Jeffery, Ertz, Matthews, or Goedert are more than capable of making big plays down the field so it isn’t a point of the Eagles being thin with weapons.
But it is a point of only Agholor is a threat to fly by everyone almost like DeSean Jackson did against Philadelphia week two. Agholor currently is the only threat to be an extremely dangerous run after the catch weapon for the offense.
Maclin would immediately be the second best RAC receiver on the team.
The former Eagle was dealing with a leg injury throughout the summer which could be a reason why a team hasn’t signed the 30 year old veteran. However according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Maclin is close to full health.
Been asked about Jeremy Maclin since the #Eagles brought in Jordan Matthews yesterday. Told he’s close to being healthy after a hamstring/glute injury in training. Team has kept tabs on him and knew he wasn’t healthy yet. I’d expect Maclin to have some workouts/visits soon.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 19, 2018
Both reports from Clark and Garafolo hint that this would be an option after the Colts game Sunday. So for now the Eagles will run with Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor this week but the Eagles could still add Maclin to go along with a returning Alshon Jeffery by week four.
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