As the Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a one year contract, they have now inked four key offensive contributors this week alone. The system of Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was based primarily on offense this past season, and the off-season up until this point has been highlighted by the team’s intentions to retain their offensive weapons. The Maclin signing comes just days after the Eagles signed wide receiver Riley Cooper to a five year contract. Eagles offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Jason Peters also signed contract extensions this week, stabilizing a line that was among the best in the NFL last season.
Kelly’s first season was highlighted by the up-tempo offense run by second year Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Foles put up unprecedented statistics en route to a NFC East division crown. However, the best weapon on the offense last season was Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy became the first priority of opposing defenses with his elusive running style and success in the open field. The Eagles leading receiver last season was DeSean Jackson, who had a career year as the number one outside receiving threat for Nick Foles. After great scrutiny from the fans and the media, the Eagles have given Maclin a chance to succeed coming back from an ACL injury that sidelined him all of the 2013 season. The addition of Maclin as a legitimate outside threat coupled with Riley Cooper’s emergence as a physical downfield receiver will add to the nightmare of the opposing defensive coordinators next season. Philadelphia Eagles second year tight end Zach Ertz is poised for a breakout season in 2014, but they might not even need to throw the ball to him.
The speed of the Eagles offense will be nearly unmatchable. Foles will have his three most important weapons from last season in McCoy, Jackson, and Cooper back. He will have another high quality receiver in Maclin and an expanded role for Ertz, who will likely share reps with veteran tight end Brent Celek. Foles will be protected by a stable offensive line. There is no reason to think he cannot duplicate the offensive output of last season. With this amount of offensive fire power, Chip Kelly will be coming out strong against opposing defenses next season.