Before he headed out to Arizona for this week's pre-training camp workout with Donovan McNabb, first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin returned to his home state of Missouri to take part in the Lorenzo Williams and Friends Football Camp. The event raised money for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks which uses sports to help enhance the lives of disabled children.
Interviewed at the event by the News Leader of Springfield, Mo., Maclin talked about the pressure of being a first-round draft pick for a team that went to the NFC Championship for the fifth time this decade last season. In addition, last year's rookie receiver, DeSean Jackson, had a stellar season. But Maclin is embracing the pressure that lies ahead.
"My expectations are always high," Maclin said. "That's the kind of person I am, and that's the kind of person I've been for a long time."
Of course, there is one order of business that must be taken care of before Maclin reports to Lehigh University on July 26. He has to sign his rookie contract. Maclin is the only draft pick that the Eagles have not signed to a contract. Second-round pick LeSean McCoy agreed to terms on a four-year deal on June 29.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:20 a.m., July 14