There were a few notable players around the league that had quiet games in Week 1 of the regular season–Chad Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Lagarrette Blount. Surely, each will rebound and put together big seasons, so it’s probably not a big deal that Jeremy Maclin, who broke out a season ago with 964 yards on 70 catches and 10 touchdowns, was relatively quiet last Sunday in St. Louis.
Maclin had only one catch for 20 yards despite a productive day for the Eagles’ offense. There are a few reasons to believe that Maclin will be much more involved this week. For starters, his coach recognizes the need to get the ball into the third-year wide receivers hands more.
“He was, by play, the No. 1 (target) more than you would think with one catch,” Eagles’ offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this week. “The ball went in some other ways. And then it’s my responsibility getting him the ball just a little more.”
And if history is any indication, Maclin appears to be a good matchup against the Atlanta secondary. Last season, when Kevin Kolb filled in for an injured Michael Vick against the Falcons, Maclin had one of his best games of the season. Maclin hauled in seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by an 83-yard score. Maclin, in two career games against the Falcons, has 11 catches for 242 while averaging 22 yards per catch. Not bad.
Click below to check out Maclin’s 83-yard score from last season. Pretty.