OTA Observations: Maclin fine after brief scare

OTA Observations: Maclin fine after brief scare
June 2, 2014, 4:45 pm
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After sitting out all of last season, Jeremy Maclin signed a one-year, $6 million deal in the offseason. (AP)

Jeremy Maclin provided a brief scare at Eagles practice Monday when he didn’t immediately get up after hitting the ground hard at the end of an 11-on-11 drill.

Maclin, coming off an ACL injury that sidelined him for the entire 2013 season, removed his helmet and laid down at the goal line for what seemed like a long, eerily quiet minute after colliding with cornerback Bradley Fletcher on a fourth-and-goal pass from Nick Foles that was broken up.

Seconds later, Maclin was encircled by the medical staff.

Turns out, the scare was for everyone but Maclin.

“I’m good,” he said about an hour after practice ended, seemingly surprised by the reaction. “I should have just got my ass up.”

Maclin added that his knee and hamstring, areas that he seemed to be grabbing when he went down, were fine. He also joked that his Twitter timeline had blown up with concern.

Maclin had almost caught the pass from Foles right at the goal line on fourth down. Foles had threaded Fletcher and linebacker Connor Barwin with a spiral that Maclin got his hands on but couldn’t secure.

Several members of the defense jokingly taunted the receiver until they realized he still hadn’t gotten to his feet. All joking stopped when trainers rushed out to examine Maclin, who eventually got to his feet and walked back to the sideline.

Maclin’s injury history likely fueled the concern of teammates and fans. His ACL injury last year, suffered during the first week of training camp, was the second for him since his freshman year at Missouri.

Maclin, a 2009 first-round pick, has played 16 games just once in his four healthy seasons, although he’s hardly been injury prone. He hadn’t played fewer than 13 games in a season until he missed all of 2013.

There’s also a lot riding on Maclin this year after the team released veterans DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant and re-signed Maclin to a one-year deal. Last week, Kelly said Maclin had been “fantastic” in his comeback, and Maclin spoke about the big year he planned to have as the team’s top outside receiver.

“I plan on being a big part of this offense,” Maclin said. “If we have the success I think we can have, and get to where I think we can get to, I think the stats will come.”

Other observations from the second open OTA:

• Jordan Matthews, who wasn’t at last Thursday’s open practice because of his attendance at an NFLPA event, looked very smooth and made some nice catches. He worked mainly from the slot, but with the second team. Brad Smith continues to man the slot on the first team and appears to have a real good chance of making this team. CSNPhilly’s Reuben Frank will have more about Smith on Tuesday. One more thing about Matthews: He’s all business. He’s an intense interview and doesn’t mince words. I’ll have more on him Tuesday.

• Rookie free agent Cary Spear, a.k.a “Murderleg,” really killed one in practice. Not in a good way. He hooked a 30-yarder way, way outside the left goal post in 11-on-11s, a misfire that probably made Alex Henery breathe a little easier (how's Henery reacting to Spear's signing?).

• There weren’t any noticeable promotions or demotions from the first open practice. First-round pick Marcus Smith continued to work at third-team outside linebacker. Mark Sanchez once again took the second-team quarterback reps, ahead of Matt Barkley. Nate Allen still worked opposite Malcolm Jenkins at the first-team safety spots.

• Mychal Kendricks took part in the entire practice after sitting out Thursday with a knee contusion. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly and receiver Jeff Maehl didn’t practice but the team didn’t provide reasons.

• Ifeanyi Momah, the 6-foot-7 wideout in his second go-round with the club, saw plenty of second-team reps with Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith.

• Defensive end Brandon Bair, an Oregon alum who spent last season on the practice squad, took a few first-team reps, as did rookie free agent tight ends Trey Burton and Blake Annen.

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