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How will Eagles replace Jeremy Maclin?

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11:15 AM ET 07.28 | Jeremy Maclin's injury leaves the Eagles looking for a starting receiver. Riley Cooper took the first-team snaps in Maclin's place Saturday. At 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds, he presents a big, physical threat, but he lacks the speed and experience typical of a featured receiver. The Eagles likely will not move Jason Avant from the slot, where he has played most of his career. Other options with NFL experience on the roster are Damaris Johnson and Arrelious Benn. Johnson, who is 5-foot-8, does not have the size to compensate for Maclin's loss. Benn, who is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, is a former second-round pick with potential, but injuries have derailed his career. He suffered a knee injury Friday. The other receivers on the roster are Russell Shepard, Ifeanyi Momah, Greg Salas, Will Murphy, and B.J. Cunningham. Momah, who is 6-foot-7 and 239 pounds, has impressed the coaches. Shepard caught Michael Vick's eye during the first week. Expect the Eagles to play multiple tight-end sets, so Zach Ertz and James Casey will be split out as wide receivers. The Eagles could pursue a free-agent receiver or trade for one, but it will be hard to find a quality replacement at this point. The top free agent on the market is Brandon Lloyd, who had 911 yards last season with the Patriots.

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July 28, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Next man up...

Unfortunately next man up isn't going to be nearly as good.

The sad fact is how much this is going to cost Maclin on his next contract. $10 Mil?

July 28, 2013  11:56 AM ET

Don't matter... it's a rebuilding year.

Talking about the difference between selecting in the top ten and selecting in the top five again next draft.

July 28, 2013  12:13 PM ET

Breaks my freakin heart. Dude is so good and just can't stay healthy. If DeJerk had his attitude and heart for the game?

July 28, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Next man up...Unfortunately next man up isn't going to be nearly as good.The sad fact is how much this is going to cost Maclin on his next contract. $10 Mil?

I read the list of names on that roster at the WR position and just kept saying, "who?"

July 28, 2013  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Next man up...Unfortunately next man up isn't going to be nearly as good.The sad fact is how much this is going to cost Maclin on his next contract. $10 Mil?

Do not know, but if they offered to extend him and he turned it down, then that is the chance these guys take. sometimes less is more.

July 28, 2013  01:39 PM ET

Real shame.

July 28, 2013  01:52 PM ET

If Damaris and Arrelious don't work out they can sign Spartacus.

July 28, 2013  01:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Do not know, but if they offered to extend him and he turned it down, then that is the chance these guys take. sometimes less is more.

In this case, I would understand the player holding out - contract year coming up and new head coach going to bring a new college formation into the pro's with a bevy of tier 2 QB's - having the flexibility of leaving was something Mac would have been smart to keep open.

July 28, 2013  01:55 PM ET

EDIT - Tier 3/4

July 28, 2013  03:51 PM ET

They will probably sign another receiver or promote from within!

July 28, 2013  03:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If Damaris and Arrelious don't work out they can sign Spartacus.

Nice work.

July 28, 2013  04:59 PM ET

Russell Shepard, a high school QB trying out as a receiver, a real longshot.

July 28, 2013  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If Damaris and Arrelious don't work out they can sign Spartacus.

I've heard that Gannicus and Crixus are both on the market as well...

July 28, 2013  05:20 PM ET

That will probably cost the Eagles 1-2 wins. Sheesh!

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July 28, 2013  07:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I've heard that Gannicus and Crixus are both on the market as well...

Et tu, Brutal?

July 28, 2013  08:55 PM ET

Randy Moss is available...

July 29, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Et tu, Brutal?

Well played...

 
July 29, 2013  02:21 PM ET

T.O still has an Eagles jersey....

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