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WR Jeremy Maclin

On the way everything worked out:"I think it worked out for the best. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I can't complain going to this organization. I think everything happened for the best."

On his thoughts of the Eagles organization: "Obviously, nobody likes losing. This organization definitely has a great track record of winning games. They have all the guys in the right spots to be contenders every year. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the league. You have (Brian) Westbrook, you have (Kevin) Curtis, you have DeSean (Jackson). I couldn't ask for a better situation."

On whether he knows WR DeSean Jackson:"No, not too well. I don't know him."

* On the chance of playing alongside Jackson for a number of years:*
"It's exciting. You have another guy like that to take pressure off you and you can take pressure off him. He can return kicks, I can return kicks. It's exciting and it gives defenses more to worry about."

On whether he had any pre-draft contact with the Eagles:"Not much. All I had was really the meeting down at the combine."

On whether he can make the same contributions as Jackson did in his rookie season: "Yes, sir. I don't understand why I can't. My thing is to do everything the coaches ask me to do and to do it to the best of my ability. Whether that is to come out and catch five balls a game, whether it is to come out and catch two balls a game, or just return kicks. I'm thrilled and I'm going to do it to the best of my ability."

On whether he had expectations of being drafted before the 19th pick and whether he had any team in mind:"I think I was just being myself. I think a lot of guys go in there and try to put on a front. Try to talk well or try to talk out of their league a little bit and the coach can kind of pick up on that. I think you go in there and be yourself. I went in there and was myself and everything went good."

On his expectations of going before the 19th pick and his ideas on a team in mind: "You hear all that stuff and obviously you see that a lot of people had me projected to go higher. I expected to go, but like I said earlier, I'm a firm believer of everything happens for a reason. Like I said, you can't expect for a better situation than what I have right now."

On whether he followed the Eagles in years prior:"Yeah, I have definitely watched the Eagles a lot. Especially, (Donovan) McNabb has always been one of my favorite quarterbacks and (Brian) Westbrook, a guy who does a lot of different stuff. So, I have always kind of followed them a little bit."

On being a versatile player: "I think it's added value. If you have a guy who can do all those types of things, obviously you can get him the ball in different situations. If you have a lot of those guys on one team then it definitely causes fits for the defense."

On whether he thought he might get drafted at No. 7 when Darrius Heyward-Bey was picked: "Like I said, you all see the mock drafts and a lot of them had me projected there. Al Davis is a guy who makes all the decisions there (in Oakland) and everybody knows that he loves speed. Credit to (Darrius) Heyward-Bey; he ran the fastest 40 at the combine. I knew that was a possibility, so that's why I didn't get too worked up about it. I am where I am right now."

On whether he was surprised about getting picked by the Eagles: "Kind of, because I didn't have much contact with them. That's the only reason why. When I got the call I obviously don't recognize area codes. It was the Eagles and I had a huge smile on my face and I talked to coach (Andy) Reid and talked to everybody else. It was great."

* On his success as a kick returner:*
"I just love doing it. I think I put in the work and the film study to be successful at it and I think a lot of it goes into the schemes that we put in. I think a lot of that credit goes to our special teams coordinator as well."

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