Since Former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson was cut I’ve seen some doubt in our new number 1 target. DeSean is an at least top 5-7 ranked wide out in the NFL yes, but this loss is nothing too big for Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin to handle. Maclin does in fact have some traits that favor him opposed to DeSean (The ones that count most being specifically on field traits).
One being his availability at multiple spots on the field. DeSean was able to break through secondaries we know that but in my opinion was not the type to run slots. Not really anyone was able to last year with Maclin injured, as to Eagles wide-out Riley Cooper being the tallest not having that low cut stride in his step as Maclin does. There were hopes that Eagles utility player Damaris Johnson could help us in those moments where a slot receiver would help, but proved unqualified for the task (And will hopefully get more practice this off-season). DeSean was most useful in 3rd and long situations last year, where the Eagles felt safe even when 15 yards were needed for a first down. Maclin is highly capable for those long plays, and the short slot passes.
A big factor to this will be new addition Former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles, and seeing how much he proves worthy in this growing offense. With Sproles being not only a backfield addition but new slot addition. Maclin will get his long yardage throws, and short yardage pressure will be lifted off his shoulders seeing as Sproles has more than trustworthy hands. We saw Eagles head coach Chip Kelly have a specific formation last year in shot gun with three wide-outs to the right, and as many as two running backs on each side of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. With one of the three receivers going long (Usually DeSean), and the other two receivers taking eyes off of DeSean going across field, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy added with Sproles will take even more eyes off whoever is catching the long routes DESPITE it being DeSean, or Maclin, or Cooper, or even a new rookie to be taken.
It is no secret that this NFL Draft is being known as having the most talented stock in years, which brings us back to (somewhat) replacing DeSean. Maclin and Cooper are both strongly bonded with Nick Foles already and their chemistry is to me as strong as Former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick‘s was with Desean. Whether it be 1st 2nd or 3rd round I trust we will find a very talented receiver that Chip Kelly will make a star out of to stop these worries.
No DeSean, No problem.