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Eagles Stay or Go — A few easy choices for once

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Eagles Stay or Go — A few easy choices for once

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles.

Mack Hollins
Roob: Hollins wasn't really a factor later in the season, once Torrey Smith got going, but he did show early in the year what kind of player he can be, notably with that 64-yard TD catch in the second Redskins game. Depending on what the Eagles do about Smith, Hollins should be either the Eagles' third or fourth receiver this fall. Either way, he'll be here, and I expect him to make a big jump in Year 2.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: Hollins caught just 16 passes as a rookie and it seemed like he just never started producing the way he seems capable of. Even when Smith struggled, Hollins got more playing time and didn't produce. The good news is he's still young and plays a role on special teams. The Eagles will probably bolster their receiving corps in some way, but if they don't, Hollins will have a shot at starting if Smith is gone next season. 

Verdict: STAYS

Alshon Jeffery
Roob: Jeffery really played better than his stats this year. He made every big catch, caught every big third-down pass, made huge plays in the end zone. Jeffery was a star receiver without a star receiver's stats. His unselfish attitude carried over to the rest of the receivers and throughout the roster. And he did it all with a rotator cuff injury that required post-season surgery. Can't wait to see what Alshon can do healthy.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: Jeffery didn't put up eye-popping numbers during the regular season, but if you needed any proof he's a No. 1 receiver, go back and watch Super Bowl LII, when he made that ridiculous catch in the end zone for a huge touchdown. The good thing about Jeffery is he really doesn't care at all about his numbers. There are a lot of diva receivers in the NFL, but Jeffery clearly isn't one of them. All he cared about last year was hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and he certainly helped get the Eagles there. 

Verdict: STAYS

Malcolm Jenkins
Roob: Jenkins has so many roles on and off the field — community activist, NFLPA organizer, locker room leader — it's easy to forget just how good a player he is. Jenkins has been here four years and has had four very solid, very consistent, very productive seasons. He made his second Pro Bowl this year and joined Bill Bradley (3) and Dawk (7) as only the third Eagles safety since 1960 to make multiple Pro Bowls. Jenkins is signed to a cap-friendly deal through 2020 and should be an Eagle for many years to come.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: As important as Jenkins is to the Eagles as a safety and defensive back, you could make a legitimate argument that he's even more important to the team as a leader and man. There's a reason he became the guy to follow up Doug Pederson's postgame speeches. He isn't just the leader of the defense; he's the leader of the entire team. And on the field, he's still playing at a really high, Pro Bowl caliber level. He's 30 now but is still signed through 2020 and maybe outside of Fletcher Cox is the Eagles' most important defensive player. 

Verdict: STAYS

A look back at Jeremy Maclin's short but impressive career with Eagles

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A look back at Jeremy Maclin's short but impressive career with Eagles

Jeremy Maclin announced on Sunday that he’s officially retiring after eight seasons in the NFL, five of them spent with the Eagles. 

Maclin’s stay in Philly wasn’t extremely long, but he did put up some big-time numbers in his five seasons. 

(He would have played six with the Eagles, but a torn ACL took his 2013.) 

Overall, in his eight NFL seasons, Maclin caught 514 passes for 6,835 yards and 49 touchdowns. Really solid numbers. 

In an Eagles uniform, Maclin caught 343 passes for 4,771 yards and 36 touchdowns. He played just 75 career games with the Eagles, but the former first-round pick in 2009 put himself in the record book. 

• Maclin’s 343 receptions rank 10th all-time in Eagles history. The only other player in the top 20 with fewer games played is Jordan Matthews, who is all the way at No. 20. 

• His 4,771 receiving yards also rank 10th. 

• His 36 touchdown catches rank seventh all-time in Eagles history. He actually has four more than DeSean Jackson. 

• During his time with the Eagles (2009-14), he was one of just 15 players in the NFL to put up his stats or better. And that includes the season he missed. 

• Maclin’s 2014 season is one of the best seasons an Eagles receiver has ever had. In that season, coming back from a torn ACL, he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. That’s the only 85/1,300/10 season in Eagles history. 

• The two best games of Maclin’s career came with the Eagles. On Oct. 26, 2014, he caught 12 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. On Sept. 18, 2011, he caught 13 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Those are two of the three 12/170/2 games in Eagles history. The other belongs to Harold Carmichael in 1973. 

Aside from the numbers, Maclin made some huge plays while with the Eagles. And even though he played for the Chiefs and Ravens after he left Philly, he’ll be remembered as an Eagle. 

Maclin signed a five-year, $55 million deal to join the Chiefs before the 2015 season, but played just two of those years. His first season, he went over 1,000 yards, but he was hampered by injuries in 2016 and had just 536 yards the next year. Maclin’s only season in Baltimore was 2017, when he caught 40 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns. The Ravens cut him a little over a year ago and Maclin wasn’t in the league during the 2018 season. 

Now, he’s retired. But even though he didn’t play for the Eagles very long, he definitely made his mark. 

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Eagles storylines at 2019 NFL owners meetings

Eagles storylines at 2019 NFL owners meetings

PHOENIX — Free agency has finally cooled down but it’s still gonna be hot in Arizona this week … like high-80s hot. 

It’s time for the NFL’s annual league meetings at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore. It’ll be our first chance to talk to the Eagles’ decision-makers since the new league year and it’ll be one of our last chances to talk to them before April’s draft. 

Here are some of the biggest Eagles storylines for the week ahead: 

Dust settles on moves 
The Eagles didn’t make a ton of huge splashes in free agency, but they were active. They brought in Malik Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Vinny Curry, Andrew Sendejo and L.J. Fort. They brought back Ronald Darby and Jason Peters. They traded Michael Bennett. They re-signed Brandon Graham and extended Isaac Seumalo and Jason Kelce. Plenty to talk about and this is our first chance to find out why the Eagles made these moves. 

Hints at draft  
Do any of those moves change the Eagles’ philosophy in the draft? They shouldn’t. But with the draft about a month away, there might be some hints about where the Eagles are looking. 

Time with Lurie  
We don’t get to talk to owner Jeff Lurie very often, but this is the one time per year he always speaks with reporters. He watched as the Eagles talked about the new norm, got off to a slow start and then went on a run in 2018. Are you wondering what he thought of all that? Or what does he think about all the moves made by Howie Roseman? 

Hey, Howie!
Speaking of Roseman, I have some questions about philosophy this offseason. As you might have noticed, the Eagles have signed a good number of older players and haven’t really signed many young ones. I don’t think it’s as big a deal as some have made it out to be, but it’s still worth figuring out. 

And, is he ever going to add a running back? 

Time with Doug 
We also get our hour-long breakfast with Doug Pederson. The top question on my mind for the head coach surrounds his offense. After adding Jackson, the Eagles have a talented trio of receivers and a pair of really good tight ends. As far as problems go, this is a good one to have. But it’s up to the play-caller to get everyone involved. 

New rules
As always, the annual league meetings are a chance for the NFL to vote on new rules for the following season. Many of the rule proposals this season deal with replay, including the two submitted by the Eagles. 

One would add review of player safety-related fouls as subject to coaches’ challenge rules. The other would add scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul to the replay system. 

The Eagles did submit a proposal that would force the Cowboys and Lions to play every other Thanksgiving game on the road. But the Eagles withdrew that proposal. 

Kraft services 
Even after his apology (?), Robert Kraft is going to be the big story at this year’s event. He will be in Phoenix and is expected to remain on all his committees. 

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