"You saw the potential of that in the spring and summer, but obviously he didn't get an opportunity last year," Kelly said. "However, what was great to see was how he was literally here every single day since being injured. You can see he has a passion for the game of football. When he was on the field last spring and summer, you saw his intelligence, you saw his great route-running ability and you saw how tough of a one-on-one matchup he could be."
Maclin expects to be ready for training camp.
"I would say our expectations are he's going to be a really good player for us this year," general manager Howie Roseman told the website. "He has the traits we look for at the receiver position. It's no secret that we thought he was going to have a big year, and he had an unfortunate injury. That's our expectation. He adds another dynamic threat to our offense."
"Mac is doing well rehab-wise," Kelly said. "The one thing about Mac is he's been there every single day, even last year during the season. He still attended position meetings. He was in the training room every single day. (He) really attacked rehab. According to what everybody's saying is he's on track.
"I think it was a big blow losing him in the preseason just because I was excited to work through OTAs and minicamp with him. He's very, very talented. He's one of those guys that if we're going to see a lot of man coverage, he can do a really, really good job because he's such a precise route runner, has outstanding speed, is good after the catch. We're excited to have him back. I don't know what his status will be during the offseason through OTAs and minicamp, but I know he'll be there in (training) camp."
Now that he's signed on for the 2014 season,
"I'm running, I'm cutting, I'm lifting," he said, noting that his rehab is going well. "I'm happy with where I am."
In 2012, Maclin had 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns. He has 258 catches for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns in his five-year career.
Askef if there will be enough passes to go around, general manager Howie Roseman told Birds 24/7 that he's trying to follow Denver's model.
"When you look at how many offensive plays that you have over the course of the season, there’s a lot of opportunities to spread the ball around, get people involved," Roseman said. "I don’t think you have to look further than when you look at the Denver Broncos and how many options they have in their passing game and how big of an advantage that is when you have guys all around the field and you can get different personnel groups and that’s what we’re looking to do. We're looking to be an explosive, dynamic offense and when you talk about the skills that he has, Jeremy, certainly he adds to that group."
Maclin was the latest to sign when he inked a one-year deal Saturday.
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