Jason Avant

Now a Raven, Jeremy Maclin ready to put difficult year behind him

Now a Raven, Jeremy Maclin ready to put difficult year behind him

For Jeremy Maclin, the year before he signed with the Ravens was painful, disappointing and ultimately, infuriating.

First, one of his closest childhood friends, whom he’d fallen out of touch with, died unexpectedly. Then, the former Pro Bowl receiver tore his groin and watched his production plummet. Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that had wooed him in free agency and for which he’d become a key voice of experience, dropped him abruptly in June.

Tough times.

But against the broader backdrop of Maclin’s biography, not so much. This is a guy who would not let an unsteady home life prevent him from becoming one of the most scintillating high school athletes in the...

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