Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the 19th pick of the 2009 NFL draft, signed his contract with the Eagles this afternoon, ending a holdout that caused him to miss 15 practices so far. But the rookie is excited that he'll finally be able to get back onto the football field doing what he loves best.
"I'm very excited," Maclin said, "This is my passion. I love the game of football ... Hopefully I'll be able to get in there tomorrow morning."
Maclin also explained the reason for his prolonged absence from Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, PA.
"This may be the only contract," he said, "so sometimes you have to do what's best and do that first one right. But, like I said, I'm looking forward to moving on."
As for how far behind he is in terms of learning the offense, Maclin is confident that he's not only fast on his feet, but that he's a fast learner as well.
"I pick up things very easily," he said. "I think I'm smart and I can do things like that. I'm going to take what I learned in mini-camp and hopefully apply that here.
"I just have to go with the flow, take things as they come. I think I'm a pretty intelligent guy, so hopefully I can take in a lot of things."
Maclin has been keeping in shape both in the Philadelphia area and near his hometown in Misouri while the Eagles have been in Lehigh.
"I've jut been keeping in shape, running routes," he said when asked what he's been up to the past couple weeks. "Staying in shape in the biggest thing."
Maclin also expects to pick the brain of a former first-round pick holdout, quarterback Donovan McNabb.
"That's probably the number one guy I would go to, outside of the coaches," Maclin said, "He's running the show. I'm looking forward to talking to him and getting on track."
- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:28 p.m., August 4