The NFL named Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin the Week 9 NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 5.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is the Week 9 NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
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The Eagles issued a press release on Maclin's first such achievement on their official website on Nov. 5:
"For the first time in his career, Jeremy Maclin has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Maclin's six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns were a huge reason for the Eagles' 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday.
"Maclin had two catches over 50 yards (one for a touchdown) and he caught the important 8-yard toss from Mark Sanchez late in the fourth quarter for the game's final touchdown.
"The award for Maclin comes one week after he set a career high with 187 receiving yards in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals, during which Maclin had 12 catches and two touchdowns.
"Last week, Maclin was also named the recipient of the Eagles' Ed Block Courage Award.
"For the 26-year-old, 2014 has been quite the season. One year removed from the torn ACL that ended his 2013 season during Training Camp, Maclin has re-emerged as a No. 1 receiver with 45 catches for 790 yards (fifth in the NFL) and eight touchdowns (fourth in the league) through eight games."
ESPN Philadelphia Eagles writer Phil Sheridan argues Maclin could ignite a vaunted one-two punch with quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is filling in for an injured Nick Foles:
"Jeremy Maclin's first touchdown of the day was a work of art. The second was just hard work.
"The Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver is capable of both kinds of plays. It is why the offense has remained productive despite the abrupt departure of DeSean Jackson and the occasional inconsistency of quarterback Nick Foles. It is why the Eagles never missed a beat when Foles went down and Mark Sanchez came off the bench to replace him.
"The first touchdown was from Foles, a gorgeously thrown ball that caught Maclin in stride for a 59-yard score.
"'Those are what receivers live for,' Maclin said. 'Even growing up as a kid, the first thing you do is go deep. But you have to do it within the offense and do it at the right times, and I think we hit them at the right time.'
"Maclin caught a total of six passes for 158 yards and the two touchdowns. Last week in Arizona, he caught 12 balls for 187 yards and two touchdowns, the first player to have at least 150 yards and two receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games since Dallas' Miles Austin in 2009.
"Halfway through his first season back from ACL surgery, Maclin has 45 catches for 790 yards and eight touchdowns. He signed only a one-year contract coming off the injury, believing that he could earn significant new deal with a big season.
"'He is having a heck of a year,' Sanchez said. 'He picked a great year to sign a one-year deal. He's playing his butt off, man. He's in the right spot.'"
For his part, Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar considers Maclin as one of several players who have impressed at the season's halfway mark:
"Many thought that Chip Kelly would struggle to keep his deep passing game together after DeSean Jackson was released in late March. But Maclin, who missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL, leads the league with five touchdowns on passes thrown 20 yards or more, and only Jackson and Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton have more yards on such passes than Maclin's 334. Maclin, who signed a one-year contract before the 2014 season, is about to cash in big time, and he's one of the main reasons Philly's passing game might hold up with Mark Sanchez replacing the injured Nick Foles."
Maclin has caught for 4,243 yards and 34 touchdowns on 303 receptions in 67 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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