When the Eagles offense takes the field in 2014, it will be missing one key component from 2013: DeSean Jackson. Last season, Jackson led the Eagles in receptions (82), receiving yards (1,332) and touchdown catches (9).
Even though Jackson was reportedly a locker room headache in Philly, he was still able to put up big numbers. With Jackson now in Washington though, the question becomes: Will the Eagles aerial attack be any good without Jackson? Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has some thoughts on that.
"I think we'll be fine, man. Obviously DeSean is one of the better playmakers in this league but we're moving forward and I think we'll be just fine," Maclin told Phillymag.com. "I have faith in the offense and I have faith in the guys that we have in the locker room and on the football field. Chip said it himself: the offense is not built around one guy. We have multiple guys that go out there and make plays, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do this year."
Eagles coach Chip Kelly is probably looking forward to seeing what Maclin can do. Thanks to a torn ACL that Maclin suffered in July, the 25-year-old receiver never took a game snap in Kelly's offense last season.
The Eagles might not miss Jackson if Maclin can return to his 2012 form. Two years ago, Maclin led the Eagles in receptions (69), yards (857) and touchdown catches (7). Maclin's led the team in at least one of the three categories in every season dating back to 2010.
If Maclin returns to his pre-injury form, he made one thing clear, he's not trying to replace Jackson in Kelly's offense.
"I'm not here to replace anybody -- there is nobody to replace," Maclin said. "I'm going to go out there and do my thing and do what the coaches ask me to do. Not only be the best football player but be the best player I can be. Once you do that, now you're reaching your full potential as a player and a person, and guys respect you for that."
Replacement or not, Maclin won't have to wait long to see his old teammate on the field: The Eagles host the Redskins at 1 p.m. in Week 3.