December 24 Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Smallwood:
“JEREMY MACLIN isn’t the type of receiver who feels an obsessive compulsion to draw attention to himself.
He’s not going to perform an excessive celebration after a touchdown.
He’s not going to talk about himself in the third person.
He’s not going to label himself as dynamic or display the “Diva Routine” that has become the identity of many top receivers in today’s NFL.
Maclin just goes out each week and does his job for the Philadelphia Eagles.
And quietly, almost under the radar, Maclin has been pretty damn good at it.
On a roster with an incredible story line like quarterback Michael Vick and an electric playmaker like wide receiver DeSean Jackson and a highlight-film running back like LeSean McCoy, it would be easy to get overlooked.
But rarely does a guy having a season like the one Maclin is putting together get so lost in the shuffle.
Maclin, the second-year player from Missouri, is second to McCoy (74) with 64 catches. He’s second to Jackson (1,024) in receiving yards with 890.
Maclin leads the Eagles with 10 touchdown catches. That’s the most by an Eagles receiver since Terrell Owens caught 14 in 2004.
“I don’t look at it like that,” Maclin said of playing in the shadows of bigger headline makers. “Whoever [the media] decides to write about is who you decide to write about. I have no control over that.
“The only thing I have control over is helping my team win ballgames and that’s the bottom line to everything.”
Considering Maclin has reached the end zone 10 times, he probably would get more attention if he had some exotic touchdown celebration to bring focus on himself.
He’s just not wired that way.
“Different strokes for different folks,” Maclin said. “I’m pretty feisty and everything on the football field, but as far as talking about it and things like that, I’m pretty quiet.”
Maclin just takes a more businesslike approach to playing football, and while fans may not notice him as much as others, the Eagles staff knows exactly what he is bringing to the table.
“Maclin is having a heck of a season,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “He has been sort of overlooked a bit with [Vick’s] dynamic ability and DeSean and LeSean McCoy, but he’s been a touchdown-maker for us.
“He can score on the deep play, plus he can catch and make the quick move. He’s also a physical guy. He’s done it time and time again down in the red zone.”
One of Maclin’s more overlooked skills is his ability to block downfield for teammates.
It’s never surprising to see him delivering a block like the one he did against the New York Giants on Sunday that sprung tight end Brent Celek for a 65-yard touchdown catch-and-run.”
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