The Eagles offense looks to add even more speed and depth as receivers Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith returned to practice today, according to the team’s Insider Twitter feed.
WR Jeremy Maclin and WR Steve Smith have returned to practice. Andy Reid updates the injury situation today!
The addition of these two weapons to a group that already had DeSean Jackson, Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown playing well bodes well for the upcoming season.
Maclin is coming off a season in which he was just 36 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard campaign. Steve Smith is a former 100-catch Pro Bowler coming back from microfracture knee surgery.
The Eagles, who have never had two 1,-000-yard wideouts in a season, could very well see three guys eclipse that mark this year — if Maclin and Smith are healthy. (We’ll explore that as we get closer to our season preview.)
Of course, a lot of what the Eagles do offensively will depend upon protecting Vick and his blindside. The receivers won’t help with that much, unless you count having more weapons so you can keep Brent Celek in to block more. Still, that’s not what you want from a guy with Celek’s potential.
Maclin and Smith returning presents us with good news, but it’s still not enough to warrant any Dream Team monikers until the line shows up.