In his rookie season, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin more than lived up to his first-round pedigree. After arriving mid-way through training camp, Maclin quickly acclimated himself to the speed of the NFL game and became the starter opposite DeSean Jackson only three games into the season. On the year, Maclin finished with 56 catches for 773 yards, third-best among rookie receivers.
"His size, strength and speed are his top three qualities," said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg of Maclin. "On top of that are the natural instincts."
The University of Missouri product recently caught up with The Missourian and talked about the rookie experience in the NFL, the off-season and who the fastest Eagle is.
Q: How tough is it to get to know everyone and become acclimated with an NFL team as a rookie?
Maclin: I think it depends on what situation you come through. A lot of guys go into different situations, and luckily for me I went into a situation where the veterans helped me along the way. Mine was just having the patience, because obviously I came into one of the better teams, and I wanted to set out to get out there and play, so that's what I did.
Q: Who would you say is the funniest player on the team?
Maclin: Probably Nick Cole, because he's a nut ball, he's a nut case. Just constantly crackin' jokes man, him and Max (Jean-Gilles). Two of the biggest guys on the team, two of the funniest dudes.
Q: What is the biggest difference between college and professional football?
Maclin: I mean in college, every game counts, but in the NFL it's even more. You don't get to play any, as they say, ""get-ready"" games. Everybody on the different teams can play football. So it's better playing. It's also long. It really drains your body. You really got to train to keep your body in shape, to maintain it. Obviously I had the foot problem plantar fasciitis. That was really tough, because you know it's one of those things that, it sounds like its real small, but not having your feet, and still having to play, I mean it affects your game a lot.
Q: Mornhinweg said that you and DeSean Jackson are the two fastest players on the team. Who do you think is fastest?
Maclin: You know we've never raced. I think he has really, really good speed. Not many of us have ever raced, but I'm telling you right now, if there is a guy that could beat me on the Eagles it would be him. But not too many people can beat me running, so we'll see.
Q: Have you done anything exciting in the offseason?
Maclin: Not really. I hung out, spent some time at home. Home is very important. I mean obviously you get to see your family, and you don't get to see your family every day. You know home is something that you definitely cherish when you get a chance to go home and spend time with your family, and that's all I've been really trying to do.
Click here to read the full interview.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:24 a.m., February 23