A disappointing end to Jeremy Maclin‘s shorter-than-expected stint in Kansas City seems to have been about more than a veteran receiver slowing down.
“Well, I tore my groin last year,” Maclin said. “So, if I’m supposed to be just as fast with a torn groin, then more power to them. I guess they just have to wait and see. … Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I’ll still be able to get open. I’ll still be able to make big plays. That’s for sure.”
Maclin was first reported to be dealing with a groin issue in the practice week leading up to a Week 9 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Though he would go on to suit up for the game, he was taken to the locker room after aggravating the injury in the first half.
The ailment forced him to miss each of the next four games, and his return for the stretch run evidently came at far less than 100 percent.
Maclin’s production was up and down during the final four weeks of the regular season and Kansas City’s lone playoff game, a span where he was held to less than 30 yards on three different occasions.
Now back at full strength and settling in with Baltimore following his surprise release, Maclin will be looking to recapture the form he enjoyed upon landing with the Chiefs as a marquee free agent in 2015.
Starting 15 games, the former Philadelphia Eagles‘ first-round pick finished his debut season in Kansas City with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns.
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