While Maclin won't hint at the Chiefs' game plan, he is pleased with the rapport he is building with quarterback
"I think me and Alex are off to a great start," Maclin told ESPN.com. "I think our comfort level with each other is pretty high. It kind of feels like this is not our first rodeo. I think we’ve hooked up a lot in practice on timing, on plays where he is just kind of throwing the ball and trusting me to make the play and stuff like that. I think we want to continue to get better, but I think we’re off to a great, great start."
Maclin may have suffered the injury when he got into a scuffle with teammate Marcus Cooper after a pass play. Maclin said he wants to play to get his timing down with quarterback Alex Smith.
"I would assume (I’m playing)," he said. "I want to."
Maclin was diagnosed with nothing more than a jammed thumb, and rejoined the team on the practice field to catch passes.
"I think he'll be all right," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He came back and practiced."
Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.
Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition.
“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”
Maclin, who signed a five-year, $55 million deal with the Chiefs, was a premier punt returner in college and played the role sparingly -- with little success -- with the Eagles.
Coach Andy Reid said the team is preparing Maclin just in case he's needed to return punts or kicks because of injuries.
We just want to make sure he is ready,’’ Reid said. “You have limited numbers that you can dress on game day, so you don’t know what rotation you are going to have there with the receivers and returners. So it gives you an opportunity to keep him fresh. We don’t work him every day like the other guys. It’s kind of an every other day deal, so just to make sure that he’s okay and can still do that, but he’s not going to be the primary guy doing it right now.”
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