Why Jeremy Maclin is a big addition for the Ravens
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 9:15
Maclin has already passed his physical and will fly to Baltimore to sign his contract Tuesday morning. "I talked to a few guys, but it was out of respect - a lot of veteran guys, a lot of guys who understand how the process works and understand that at the end of the day - a guy has to make the decision that's best for him and his family".
The feeling is evidently mutual.
"If I don't get an offensive lineman, somebody is going to start shooting at me".
"I just felt like Baltimore made the most sense, from a football standpoint, from a comfort standpoint, from a personal standpoint", Maclin said June 14, wearing a purple No. 18 jersey after his first minicamp workout with his new team. "You add a guy who has had some 1,000-yard seasons, Pro Bowl, you can't ask for much more than that".
The Missouri product began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles - he was taken 19th overall in 2009. "He had 1,027 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in his last full season for the New York Jets in 2015, and he may be the big-bodied answer for the loss of Pitta as he stands at 6'3" and 214 lbs.
He attributed the drop-off to being "banged up". According to Coach Sean McDermott and their running back LeSean McCoy, Maclin has the necessary attributes that they are looking for.
"Big time, and not just to prove them wrong", he said.
Last year, Suggs led the team with eight sacks, but he turns 35 in October. Mixon has drawn praise for his offseason work and has the talent to take the job and run with it. He is the Ravens' all-time sacks leader, but there are questions surrounding his durability entering his 14th National Football League season.
As CSN Mid Atlantic pointed out, a Maryland seafood joint attempted to woo Maclin to Baltimore with the promise of free crabcakes for as long as he was employed by the Ravens.
Maclin left Baltimore without a contract, but after talking it over with his wife, Adia, he settled on Baltimore as his new home. "That was probably a good sign as well". "Everything my wife said was always about Baltimore".
Perhaps no one on the field Wednesday looked happier than Maclin, who is attempting to put his days in Kansas City behind him. I'm not really sure what that means, and we really can toss his comment to the side. "I'm all about the present". Of course, it's just a three-day peek, with the real action not kicking off until the start of training camp at the end of next month.