PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Over the weekend, we did our first "buzzmeter" of the offseason and gave Brandon Graham the mantle of the most talked about Eagle so far in minicamps. But if we just look on the offensive side of the ball, the standout so far appears to be Jeremy Maclin.
While no NFL players had a real offseason last year, you can say that double about Maclin. His well publicized cancer scare limited his offseason activity and led to him losing quite a bit of weight. This year, he's turned up in excellent shape and has been blowing away teammates and local media with his intensity and work ethic.
"Jeremy Maclin's playing out of his mind right now - had a tremendous offseason. Me and Jeremy started working three weeks after the season ended, we was working out together. He expressed to me how much better he wanted to be this year than he was the last two years and he's putting in the hard work to do it, and we're seeing it pay off. ... He's gained some weight, his speed is exceptional. In anything that you do, if you develop the mind set to do it and do it right, then you can get it done."
Unlike Graham, Maclin has already been taking steady strides toward becoming a potentially Pro Bowl level NFL talent. In fact, he's already probably considered above average. So he's really looking to that that next step up to a true standout and so far the early reports are positive that he could make that move this year.
Not only does Maclin have the motivation from the ordeal he went through last summer, he's also got a potential new contract looming. He'll have just one more year left on his deal after this season, so if he has a big year he'd be a prime candidate for a sizeable extension next offseason.