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Eagles experimenting with Jeremy Maclin as punt returner

5/17/2013 11:53:55 AM
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Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been experimenting with Jeremy Maclin returning punts, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.  While at University of Missouri, Maclin was one of the college game’s best multi-dimensional threats. Of his 33 career college touchdowns, he scored three on punt returns and two more on kickoffs.

“Yeah, we'll look at Mac back there,” Kelly said, sticking to his clean-slate approach. To date, Kelly hasn’t anointed any of his players into starting spots yet, even the obvious ones.

“Again, it's May, so we're going to take a look at him and Damaris [Johnson] and DeSean and [receiver] Nick Miller. Russell Shepard is a guy that's returned punts before, one of the rookies that's out here. So we'll get a bunch of those guys because you never know in a game; all of a sudden two guys are hurt.

“When you've only got a 46-man [game] roster, someone has got to go back there, and hopefully it's someone that's fielded punts before. [Maclin] has got some experience at it, but we'll take a look at him. But does that mean he's going to be our starting punt returner? I have absolutely no idea right now.”

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