The Eagles have a wide receiver in the top 15 in the NFL in yards and touchdowns, but his name isn’t DeSean Jackson. For all of the hype surrounding Jackson, and it’s deserved, Philadelphia has a second option as good as the first. In fact, Maclin’s production has been better this year even without as many explosive plays.
Their per game numbers are nearly identical, as Jackson did miss time with a concussion, but Maclin has caught a higher percentage of the throws that have come his way. Jackson averages 72.4 yards per game, has caught 56.8 percent of the balls thrown his way and has picked up first downs on 37.9 percent of the plays he was targeted. Jackson also scores a touchdown once every 11.6 times he is targeted.
Maclin, meanwhile, averages 70.5 yars per game, has caught 60.3 percent of the passes his way and picked up first down yardage on 37.1 percent of the passes that have been in his direction. Maclin has a touchdown once every 11.1 times he’s targeted.
Granted, Maclin benefits from playing across from Jackson, but it’s hard to say that that hasn’t started to work both ways. The Eagles for the first time in a long time have two big play receivers on their roster, both having fantastic years. Both are on pace to end up with more than 1,000 yards and could each reach double digit touchdowns with solid finishes to the regular season.
During his tenure in Philadelphia, head coach Andy Reid has never had two 1,000 yard receivers in one season. Neither did Ray Rhodes, Rich Kotite, Buddy Ryan, Fred Bruney, Marion Campbell, Dick Vermeil, Mike McCormack, Ed Khayat, Jerry Williams, Joe Kuharic, Nick Skorich, Buck Shaw, Hugh Devore, Jim Trible, Wayne Miller, Bo McMillin, Greasy Neale, Bert Bell or Lud Wray.
The Eagles have had 20 head coaches over 77 years of existence, but never have the Birds seen two receivers go for 1,000 yards in the same season. Jackson and Maclin could be the first in franchise history if their numbers hold up over the last six games of the season.
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