Eagles Notes: With Jackson sidelined, Maclin now in spotlight

Receiver Jeremy Maclin had a big day Sunday, with 120 yards receiving and two TDs.
Receiver Jeremy Maclin had a big day Sunday, with 120 yards receiving and two TDs.
Posted: October 21, 2010

Since Jeremy Maclin was named a full-time starter, the Eagles wide receiver's statistics have been strikingly similar to those of DeSean Jackson.

And yet, Maclin is almost always mentioned as the 1-A receiver to Jackson's No. 1.

True or not, Maclin is going to find out what it's like to be the top dog with Jackson out at least for Sunday's game against Tennessee and possibly longer.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Jackson, who was injured by a punishing hit Sunday, had yet to pass a concussion test as of early Wednesday afternoon and that he would not play against the Titans.

"His discomfort is just where he took the blow, on the right side, right shoulder area kind of up through the neck area," Reid said. "But he's working through that and he's sharp mentally. . . . But he's very sore right now."

Reid could not commit to Jackson's returning after next week's bye and in time for the Nov. 7 game against the Colts. Whether he's out for one game or more, the offense will be missing one of the game's great playmakers.

"Everybody's got to pick up their game a little bit because he's such a great player," quarterback Kevin Kolb said.

The unit didn't miss a step after Jackson left the Atlanta game. Maclin, in particular, stood out, catching five passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Maclin had seven catches for 159 yards. But it's not as if the second-year receiver came out of nowhere.

Since Week 3 of last season, when he was promoted to the first team, Maclin has caught 86 passes for 1,323 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jackson, during that span, has 78 receptions for 1,455 yards and 12 scores.

Jackson, though, brings an extra element, because he can score from anywhere on the field - receiving, running or returning - and because he draws so much attention. Will Maclin receive as much now that Jackson is out?

"That's possible," Maclin said.

The Eagles' first-round pick a year ago, Maclin is as confident as Jackson. They share many traits, which is why they're so competitive.

"With two guys with as much talent as we [have], I think we kind of feed off each other," Maclin said. "You see him making big plays out there, I want to make a big play. He sees me, and he wants to make big plays."

The two had a brief public spat during training camp about which receiver worked harder.

"You always see them during the game talking to each other and slapping each other on the rear ends and complimenting each other," Reid said. "But they're always challenging and wanting to get better, and you have to love that from a coach's standpoint."

Peters, Bunkley unlikely

It appears unlikely that either defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) or left tackle Jason Peters (knee) will play Sunday.

It would be "a stretch" for either to practice this week, Reid said. Neither practiced Wednesday. Reid said Bunkley was day-to-day.

Running back LeSean McCoy (rib) didn't practice, either, though he also missed a day of practice last week and played last Sunday. The Eagles are likely trying to limit his workload as he recovers from a fractured rib. But he has not missed any game time.

Wide receiver Riley Cooper (concussion) returned to practice. He had been cleared to play two weeks ago, but still missed the last two games because of recurring concussion symptoms.

Extra points

Running back Jerome Harrison, acquired last week in a trade with the Browns, said that he had received no indication from the Eagles that he would be up to speed enough with the offense to be able to dress Sunday. "I'm still learning," he said. . . . The Eagles worked out four players Tuesday - defensive tackles Dre Moore, Quinn Pitcock, Tank Tyler, and tight end John Nalbone - but weren't expected to sign any of them soon, according to a team source.

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