Among the first things Jeremy Maclin mentioned in his introductory press conference was reuniting with Andy Reid, the head coach who drafted him in Philadelphia. Later on in the press conference with GM John Dorsey and Andy Reid seated on either side of him Maclin said that this felt like home. It's three hours from where he grew up and 90 minutes from where he went to college (Mizzou).
Here are a few notes on what Maclin, Dorsey and Reid had to say:
Maclin says that Alex Smith is a very intelligent quarterback who can beat you with his arm and his feet. "Once we built that chemistry I think we can have a very good career together."
Maclin said in Philly when he was with LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson there were "a lot of mouths to feed" so it's not always about stats.
"In the back of my mind, it was either I was going to stay in Philadelphia or go to Kansas City. Both of those situations but Kansas City made more sense."
Coach Reid, Culley, Doug, a lot of guys I had a chance to build relationships with in Philadelphia are here. It just felt like home. It is home. I'm excited about that.
"I think we're going to be pretty good on the offensive side of the ball, definitely." He mentioned Jamaal Charles, Travis Kelce and De'Anthony Thomas on offense.
You guys can go ahead an order those #19 jerseys. Maclin said he chose that number over #15. Didn’t even ask for #18 out of respect for ET.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 11, 2015
"We just filled his pockets up a little bit more and got him here."
"He's played Z, he's played X, he's played inside in what we call the Zebra. He can do it all."
Reid said Maclin scoring 10 touchdowns was a "beautiful thing" and that the Chiefs receiver stat was a freaky thing.
Dorsey mentioned that "the agreement was set up and done yesterday."
Dorsey said it was a rare situation to have a 26-year old familiar with the offense available.