Jeff Maehl – Another Duck Under Chip’s Wing

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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly continues to bring in former Oregon Ducks to fill out his roster in Philadelphia.

On Monday, the Eagles announced a deal with the Houston Texans to acquire wide receiver Jeff Maehl in exchange for offensive lineman Nate Menkin.  Kelly previously coached Maehl (24) at Oregon from 2007-10.

Maehl’s best season at Oregon was his senior year where he finished with 77 receptions for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns.  He was not selected in the 2011 NFL Draft even though analyst Mel Kiper Jr. predicted Maehl would be a late-round pick.

In the BCS National Championship game against Auburn, Maehl had nine receptions for 133 yards, including one memorable catch that went for 81 yards (a record for the longest pass play from scrimmage in a championship game).

His 24 career touchdowns at Oregon tied the school’s all-time record, and he was named All-Pac-10 first team.

After a stint with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL, the Texans signed Maehl in July 2011, for a spot on their practice squad.  From there he became one of the Texans’ bubble players, teetering between being cut and being signed to the active roster.

Maehl joins former Ducks Dennis Dixon (quarterback), Casey Matthews (linebacker), Patrick Chung (safety), Will Murphy (wide receiver) and Isaac Remington (defensive end) to once again be under the wing of Kelly.

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