Maclin said he played through a torn groin last season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The severity of the groin injury helps explain Maclin's slow finish to last season, though he only averaged 4.3 catches for 54 yards per game even before suffering the injury in the first quarter of a Week 9 contest against Jacksonville. He sat out Weeks 10-13 and averaged only 3.2 catches for 38 yards in Kansas City's final five games (including playoffs). The poor finish, in combination with Tyreek Hill's emergence, led the cap-strapped Chiefs to release Maclin after just two seasons of a five-year contract. The Ravens jumped on the opportunity to reunite Maclin with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who previously worked with the 29-year-old wideout in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012. Maclin should draw a steady diet of targets while manning the slot in three-wide formations, and he also figures to get plenty of snaps even when the team only has two receivers on the field. Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman all project for key roles, as the Ravens no longer have Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and TE Dennis Pitta -- a trio that combined for 185 catches and 272 targets last season.
Maclin will work primarily out of the slot this season, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Maclin's crisp route running and his diverse route tree will allow offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to be creative with Baltimore's new weapon in the passing game. Considering that both Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman are both at their best getting deep down the field and utilizing their speed, the addition of Maclin fills what could have been a major hole in Baltimore's passing attack. What's more, Dennis Pitta's release opens up even more underneath targets for the likes of Maclin, who could be something of a safety net when quarterback Joe Flacco is under duress. Hensley also notes that Maclin played under Mornhinweg while he was in Philadelphia earlier in his career, which is expected to lead to a smooth transition into the offense for the 29-year-old. Maclin's diverse skill set and route running capability add another dimension to what figures to be a new-look Ravens offense in 2017.
Prior to signing Maclin, the Ravens were banking on Breshad Perriman taking a big step forward and Mike Wallace handling heavy target volume. While the signing doesn't necessarily preclude either of those things from happening, Maclin's presence alleviates some of the pressure -- along with some of the fantasy upside -- from both of his teammates. Given his ample experience playing both outside receiver and the slot, Maclin could step into a role that's similar to the one Steve Smith filled last year. Smith came back from a torn Achilles suffered in 2015 to catch 70 of 103 targets for 799 yards and five touchdowns in only 14 games last season. However, not all players age as gracefully as Smith, and the 29-year-old Maclin just so happens to be coming off the worst season of his career. If he doesn't look good in training camp and the preseason, Baltimore could stick with Wallace and Perriman as the starters in two-wide formations.
After visiting with the Ravens and the Bills last week, Maclin decided to head to Baltimore, where could settle into a starting role in three-wideout sets with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman. The 29-year-old turned in career lows across the board last season with the Chiefs, in part due to a groin injury that cost him four games, but the change of scenery could help spark his production. If he can quickly get on the same page with quarterback Joe Flacco, the veteran receiver could be primed for a bounce-back campaign in Baltimore's pass-first offense.
Maclin, cut by the Chiefs on Friday, is scheduled to visit the Bills on Tuesday, The Buffalo News reports.
There will be several organizations in the running for the established wideout, so this is far from a sure thing for a team that's rebuilding and doesn't have a ton of money to spend. Still, the Bills would have a nice look with Maclin lined up across from Sammy Watkins, and supposedly Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy (who stood up in Maclin's recent wedding) are pushing hard for the Bills to take the plunge.
|P2||8/17/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|5||10/8/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||87||1088||12.5||61||8||14||3||49|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||12||44||536||12.2||44||2||6||1||29|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||3||14||4.7||18||0||0||1|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||12||1||-1||-1.0||-1||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||15||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||1/3||0||0||---|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||12||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||2||4||13||6.5||11||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|