Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg discussed rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during his press conference this morning, and said that he believes Maclin will still have a chance to make an impact in the Eagles offense, although a lot of work remains to be done.
"It's just going to be so fast for him when he gets here," Mornhinweg said. "We've installed about half of all the plays through training camp. We're going to expedite it, we're going to see how quickly he can pick everything up, and we're going to give him a lot of reps. It'll be taxing mentally and physically for him, and we'll see how quickly he can do it. If he struggles a little bit, we'll back off a little bit, and then we'll move on."
Mornhinweg said the onus will not just be on Maclin, but on the coaching staff too.
"We'll see what his retention was from the mini camp," he said, "It's my responsibility to get him ready. And we've got one of the very best receiver coaches in this league (David Culley) and he takes that responsibility seriously as well. We'll see what happens here, he's got a lot of catching up to do, however he's a real sharp guy, he's a natural football player and so we'll see how quickly he can get himself ready.
"Some guys fit right in, the guys who are natural type football players it comes a little bit easier to them, and when they're real sharp mentally it usually comes pretty quickly for them. But we'll see, some great players it may take two or three years before they turn into excellent football players, but for some it's very quick, so we'll see."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:18 p.m., August 4