Jeremy Maclin admits that the current season has challenged him.
In an interesting piece by The Kansas City Star’s Vahe Gregorian, the former Missouri wide receiver admitted that recent months in his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs have been a struggle for him.
Maclin has 536 yards and 2 touchdowns on 44 catches this season — all career-low totals since he entered the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Maclin totaled 2,315 yards receiving with 22 touchdowns with Missouri during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Here’s more from Gregorian’s story:
As Maclin snagged a career-best 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns last season, the Chiefs scored 29 or more points seven times in an 11-game winning streak that included their first playoff victory in 22 years and ended with a 27-20 loss at New England.
Along the way, he was enough of a force that you could legitimately suppose the Chiefs might have beaten the Patriots if he weren’t hobbled by a high ankle sprain he suffered a week before against Houston.
A year later, Maclin will enter the Steelers game lugging the most statistically blah season (other than when a knee injury kept him out in 2013) of his eight-year NFL career.
“It’s been challenging sometimes,” Maclin recently said at his locker. “It’s humbling.”
The entire piece about Maclin’s situation is worth a read. He’s 28 years old, so he has a revealing, veteran perspective to share about his experiences.
The Chiefs won the AFC West with a 12-4 record, and they’re preparing to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the NFL playoffs.