Jeremy Maclin Introductory Press Conference

GENERAL MANAGER JOHN DORSEY OPENING STATEMENT:"Good afternoon everybody. I know it was a short notice. I want to thank everyone for being here. First off, I want to welcome Jeremy (Maclin) and his family to the Kansas City Chiefs organization. You know, today is very exciting from my standpoint and in this organization's standpoint. I know the organization's excited, the fan base is excited because anytime you can get a player like this is very rare. Jeremy, not only does he produce on the field, but he's such a great person and age factor component for it is very special. It's a very rare thing. We're very excited to have Jeremy here and with that I'll pass it on to you Jeremy."

JEREMY MACLIN OPENING STATEMENT:"Like he just said, I'm very excited to be here. This is an awesome opportunity. I'm reunited with Coach (Andy) Reid and some of the guys that were on staff in Philadelphia which is something I never dreamed that could have happened. The fact that I'm in the situation is pretty awesome. I want to thank the Hunt family for giving me this opportunity, obviously Mr. Dorsey and Coach Reid. I'm really excited about helping this team get to the next level."

Q: Can you talk about being in Kansas City and what attracted you, other than the financial offer?

MACLIN:"It's not all about the money, man. Like I said, this is the perfect situation with familiarity with what I came into the league doing and being able to come back to the area where it all started. (I'm) three hours from home, an hour and a half from where I went to college. It was kind of a no brainer for me. I'm just happy to have the opportunity."

Q: What are your thoughts on Alex Smith?

MACLIN: "I know he's a very intelligent quarterback. I think that he does a great job of commanding the huddle. I think he has great command of the team, so I'm excited to have the opportunity to play with him. He's a tough competitor. Also, not only can he beat with you with his arm, he can beat you with his feet. I think that once we build that chemistry, I think that we could have a very good career together."

Q: I know you were asked about signing with the Chiefs when you were at Mizzou for Hall of Fame weekend. How many people did you have during this process pulling at you that were Mizzou fans that were also Chiefs fans trying to get you to come back home?

MACLIN: "Yeah, you get little comments here and there when you're back at an event at Missouri. At the end of the day, as much as I appreciate that, you understand kind of the meaning that it would have. It's my family that helped me get to this decision and helped me make this decision. I think they definitely played a bigger role in that aspect. To have everybody want you here is also another positive too. I have the best of both worlds."

Q: How are you a different receiver than when you last played with Coach Reid?

MACLIN:"Well, I think it's just a different type of role. I also had playing with Coach Reid, DeSean (Jackson) on the other side of the ball with me. And also Shady (LeSean McCoy) and (Brent) Celek at the time were catching a lot of passes. So if you're talking about stats, there are a lot of mouths to feed and only one ball to go around. So you just have got to do what you're asked to do and go out there and perform. In this league, if you can play football, people understand that and people recognize that. It's not always about stats. Last year I had the opportunity to be the number one guy and that's kind of how the chips fell. My only job is just to be reliable to my team and that's what I hope to bring to the table here."

Q: As you began the free agency process, how much was it strictly between Kansas City and no other teams?

MACLIN:"You listen, but in the back of my mind it was either I was going stay in Philadelphia or come to Kansas City. Both of those situations made sense and Kansas City made more sense. I think with kind of my personality and kind of the way that I am, I think this fits me a little better. And then also Coach Reid. Coach Reid, (David) Culley, Doug (Pederson), a lot of guys who I had a chance to build relationships with in Philadelphia are here and it just felt like home. It is home and I am excited about that."

Q: What are your thoughts on Jeremy Maclin coming back and fitting in?

REID: "We just filled his pockets up a little bit more and put him on the plane and got him here. It's a great thing, phenomenal player. I think you guys will find this out – that as good of a player as he is, he is even a better person than that. So all the success he's had in this league and it started right when he was a rookie, one of those few guys that stepped in as a rookie and played well. That's hard to do at that position, but he was able to do that. But I think with time here, you'll see even more than that with the leadership and the competitiveness on the field, very intelligent. So he's a top-notch person and top-notch player."

Q: When did you decide that you were going to pursue Jeremy Maclin?

DORSEY: "Well, all along like I told you, we had done some planning with regards to unrestricted free agency. We had kind of set the board and we were glad that the agreement was set up and done yesterday."

Jeremy Maclin at the podium with John Dorsey and Andy Reid for his welcoming press conference.

Q: Did you think there was a chance he would wind up in Philadelphia before he hit the open market?

DORSEY: "There is always the possibility of that, but again, from my perspective, it's very rare to get a man of this quality as a person at the age of 26, who has a seamless transition into a system that he is familiar with. We would have to explore all of our options. We did do that, and at the end of the day, Jeremy is here. He is a (member of the) Kansas City Chiefs; he is back home where he belongs."

Q: What do you like about Maclin's skillset and how he fits your offense? Does he have the prototype attributes that you look for in a Z receiver?

REID: "Yeah, he can play anything. He's played Z, he's played X, he's played inside in what we call the 'Zebra' position. He can do it all. Phenomenal route runner. Obviously he is fast, we know that. But to be fast is one thing. To be able to run a route fast and know how to set a route up is something else. To be able to read the coverage is another thing and that all kind of comes easy to him."

Q: When you have a player like this in your offense how does this affect the rest of the guys?

REID:"It affects everybody, anytime that you put good players out there. That's what it does. The idea in the National Football League is mismatches and how you can utilize the whole field. He gives you the opportunity to do that."

Q: How much do you know about Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce and what do you think it would be like to play with them?

MACLIN:"I know quite a bit about those guys. Jamaal is a phenomenal talent. Travis is one of the great young tight ends in this league. It doesn't stop there, you've got De'Anthony Thomas. They've got some young guys here that I've seen play a little bit, that I'm excited to have the opportunity to try to help them move their careers along and kind of give them some type of experience. It's going to be fun. I think the more the better, to have different types of guys who bring different things, and kind of take the pressure of each other. I think we are going to be pretty good on the offensive side of the ball."

Q: In light of the production you got last year from the wide receiver position, touchdown wise, how can you quantify the need for a receiver like Jeremy?

REID:"There is probably two separate questions there. Jeremy, we welcome in that mix. He's an explosive player. He had 10 touchdowns last year, which is a beautiful thing. Last year was a little bit of a freaky thing in this offense to not having any touchdowns by a wide receiver. But it's what happened. I don't think that will happen again, I think we will be ok there."

Q: What do you like about the west coast offense and how do you think it fits your skill set?

MACLIN:"I love that it requires you to run routes. I think sometimes that gets lost in today's game. The fact that I think that's one of the strong points of my games and to have the opportunity to come back and play in the west coast offense and kind of pick up where we left off, is a pretty cool opportunity to have. I'm here to help this team and utilize my skill set and get us to the next level. That's what I'm excited about doing."

Q: What does this pick up mean for the immediate plans for Dwayne Bowe?

DORSEY:"This is Jeremy's day. With Dwayne, he's on the roster. That's what that is. It's a part of the process that we are going through right now. He's here."

Photos from the career of Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin

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