Next up in our daily look closer at some of the expected key contributors of the 2010 Eagles is second-year wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin, the team's first-round pick in 2009, burst onto the scene last year with 56 catches for 773, both third among rookie receivers. The 6-0, 198-pound Missouri product established himself as a great complement to DeSean Jackson and the two should form one of the most formidable wide receiver duos in the league for years to come.
- Guess which rookie wide receiver over the past 10 years posted the most similar numbers to Maclin? None other than Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, who, in his rookie year hauled in 58 catches for 780 yards. He only turned into one of, if not the best wide receiver in the league, cementing himself as such with a monster second year of 103 catches for 1,409 yards. Now, Maclin may not have quite the same production, especially with only so many balls to go around in an Eagles offense that also features Jackson, Brent Celek, Jason Avant and LeSean McCoy, but there's no question that his performance as a rookie is a great sign for his, and the Eagles' future. For more about comparable wideouts to Maclin, click here.
- Speaking of that young, dynamic offense, did you know that Maclin (21), Jackson (23) and Celek (24) became the first trio of teammates 24-years-old or younger in NFL history to each notch 50 catches, 750 yards and four touchdowns in a season? With the 25-year-old Kevin Kolb now at the helm, the Eagles offense should be one of the league's best for years to come.
- Abandoned by his father at a young age, Maclin was primarily raised by his little league football coach, Jeff Parres, and Parres' wife, Cindy. Maclin is still close with his biological mother, Cleo, and his two older brothers, Roshon and Andre. Last year, Maclin filmed a Public Service Announcement with Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter that helped launch the "Raise Me Up" program, which encourages support and guidance to foster children in the region.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:25 a.m., July 16