Jeremy Maclin has evolved into a complete receiver in his second NFL season.
On Thursday night, Maclin had five catches for 68 yards in the Eagles' win over Houston. It was the eighth straight game that Maclin had at least four receptions. In fact, Maclin has had at least four catches in all but two of the Eagles' games this season.
After a strong rookie season, Maclin has 56 catches for 820 yards and a team-best eight receiving touchdowns this season. He has started 25 of 27 career games and has 112 receptions for 1,593 yards and 12 touchdowns in less than two complete seasons.
Head coach Andy Reid called him one of the top wide receivers in the league. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says that Maclin is a "natural player" with "great skills and abilities."
At 6-0, 198 pounds, Maclin isn't afraid to mix it up as a blocker in the rushing game. Maclin has the speed to stretch the field. His twisting 48-yard touchdown reception against the Redskins showed his field presence as he was falling and able to remain in bounds. Maclin can score in the red zone and from 83 yards out like he did against Atlanta.
Maclin said that rounding out his game was something he wanted to do this season.
"I've become a more complete player," Maclin added. "That was my goal for this year and I'm only going to continue to get better."
Maclin is well on his way to his first 1,000-yard season. If he and DeSean Jackson both eclipse that plateau this season, they will be the first Eagles tandem to do so in the same season.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:00 p.m., December 5