Chip Kelly will look at Jeremy Maclin as a punt returner

Alex Trautwig

Maclin could reprise an old role for the Eagles in 2013.

New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is considering using wide receiver Jeremy Maclin as the team's punt returner this season, according to CSN Philly. Maclin was an outstanding kick-returner during his college career at Missouri, but he hasn't returned a punt in the NFL since the 2011 season.

"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," Kelly told the media. "[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."

Maclin finished his Missouri career with 577 punt return yards and a trio of touchdowns, as well as 2,049 kickoff return yards, which is a school record. He scored at least one punt return touchdown and one kickoff return touchdown in each of his two years with the Tigers.

Maclin didn't find that kind of success at the pro level, back when he was still fielding punts and kickoffs. In four years with the Eagles, he has a total of 76 punt return yards.

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