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Jeremy Maclin named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Well deserved.

Thomas B. Shea

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 9 of the 2014 NFL season.

Believe it or not, this is the first time in Maclin's career that he has won this award. Maclin is just the second Eagles player to win Offensive Player of the Week this season. Veteran running back Darren Sproles won the award in Week 2.

There is no question Maclin is deserving of the award. The 26-year-old receiver is having a monster season. Through eight games, Maclin has recorded 45 catches for 790 yards (17.6 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. 158 of those yards and two of those scores came in Maclin's performance against the Houston Texans, which is why he earned this award.

Maclin's trophy case is suddenly filling up. Last week the veteran receiver was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates. Not only does Maclin produce on the field, but he is also well-liked by his teammates in the locker room as well.

Maclin continues to look smart for betting on himself this offseason by only signing a one-year contract extension. Now Maclin is set to earn a huge payday in free agency. It's hard to imagine the Eagles won't find a way to keep Maclin in the long-term considering they have plenty of salary cap space (and the franchise tag, if need be) to work with.

Continued success from Maclin will be vital as the Eagles head down the final stretch this season.