Update (6:00 pm EST): The Buffalo Bills are in preliminary talks with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, according to Jordan Schultz.
#Bills are in “preliminary talks” 2 sign Jeremy Maclin, per source. LeSean McCoy is recruiting the WR and the team wants him onboard as well
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 4, 2017
On Saturday, Salute Magazine wrote about potential landing spots for the recently released Jeremy Maclin. Among those teams who can use his services are the Buffalo Bills. And running back LeSean McCoy has already begun recruiting the free agent receiver.
Jeremy Maclin was released from the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, and his recruitment has officially started. Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is pushing hard in hopes that Maclin will sign with Buffalo.
“LeSean McCoy, speaking Sunday at his charity softball game in Rochester, N.Y., says he has been recruiting WR Jeremy Maclin to come to the Bills and adds, ‘don’t be surprised if it happens.’ McCoy says he doesn’t have inside information but has spoken with Maclin, his former teammate with the Eagles.”
Rodak also said on his Twitter account that Tyrod Taylor wants to speak with Maclin as well.
Tyrod Taylor says he will approach Bills’ coaches this week about possibility of signing Jeremy Maclin. Taylor also wants Maclin’s phone #.
While Maclin has only been a free agent for a couple of days, that Buffalo is recruiting him already is a good sign for Bills fans. The team is in need of a reliable deep threat at receiver, although he has had injury concerns of his own.
Also, it is hard to discount McCoy’s pull, seeing as he and Maclin played in Philadelphia together. And if Buffalo does sign Maclin, it will also help spread teams out on defense. Thus opening the door to more catches for McCoy himself, under new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
“The running backs getting the ball in the passing game,” McCoy told reporters on Thursday. “That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air — we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air.”
“Everything looks the same,” McCoy said. “Actually talking to Sean [McDermott] about why he hired [Rick Dennison], the biggest thing is – he said that it’s harder to defend because everything looks the same, as a defense, they look for alignments, they look for different cheats, different formations, and everything looks the same in our offense and it’s hard, if it’s a pass or run, you can’t tell. Being a part of that, is special to me because you don’t know what it is, and then the ability to get the ball to you running backs in open field with routes against linebackers, it’s an easy win,” via Pro Football Talk.
Assuming McCoy is successful in luring Jeremy Maclin to Buffalo, the Bills odds of making the playoffs likely doubled.