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Rank's 11 offseason sleepers: How I Met Jeremy Maclin

How about that last week, am I right? We had the much-anticipated pro days from Johnny Manziel (love him) and Jadeveon Clowney. Baseball had its Opening Day (if you don't count the two games in Australia). And "How I Met Your Mother" aired its final episode.

And I may indulge for a moment ... what is up with all of the bellyaching about the finale? You knew Ted was always going to run back to Robin.

Oh shut up, I certainly did NOT need to give you a spoiler warning.

The whole show was leading up to Ted chasing after Robin the whole time. Even the red herring of Barney and Robin's marriage was put out there to try to throw us off the scent. But come on people, pay attention a bit. This was fairly obvious and you would have had to bury your head in the sand if you thought this was going to end any other way.

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Of course, it's easy for me to sit here and play Tuesday morning TV writer and claim that I saw it coming all along. Unfortunately, I don't get a chance to make TV predictions here, like say, Super Bowl predictions. But trust me, smart (behinds), I've been calling this "How I Met Your Mother" finale for years.

But enough about that. It seems like I missed some other big event of the past week. Oh yeah, DeSean Jackson was released by the Eagles. (Probably the only person more overjoyed about being released this week was Jason Segal. Am I right, or what?)

I had many thoughts about Jackson's release, but wisely kept most of it to this single tweet. Though, Richard Sherman did a pretty nice job of taking what I was thinking and manufactured it into words right here.

The resulting aftermath of this move, of course, was what does this mean for Robert Griffin III's fantasy value. Something we even debated right here. (And before you wisenheimers mention it, yes there certainly has been an exceedingly large number of link dumps. But I promise, this isn't going to be a trend through the rest of this.)

Let me give you the synopsis here. RGIII will see his value jump. Jordan Reed is going to be a huge beneficiary of defenses having to deal with Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts. Oh, and Santana Moss will come out of nowhere to torch the Cowboys a couple of times a year. And speaking of the Cowboys, how's that offseason working out for you?

So there are a lot of rising fantasy values in Washington. But what about Philadelphia? The one person nobody seems to talk about is Jeremy Maclin. One of the reasons why the Eagles released Jackson. Well, that might not be fair to say. It's one of the reasons, but it comes well behind the ego of Chip Kelly, who believes no player is bigger than the system. And I want to make fun of Kelly here because, let's face it, dude you were able to outsmart Mike Shanahan and Jason Garrett. Congratulations.

On the other hand, it wasn't like he was getting all of the blue-chippers at Oregon and his teams always seemed to do pretty well. So maybe he's on to something. And that leads me to believe Maclin is poised for a big year.

We are in weird territory here. Adrian Peterson spoiled us on guys who return from severe knee injuries. And then RGIII ended up scaring the (expletive) out of us. But Maclin's timing for his knee injury seems to jive more with that of Jamaal Charles. Remember him? The other guy who had a terrible knee injury and then went out and killed it? Yeah, that guy.

But I like Maclin. There is a chance, of course, the Eagles will target a receiver in the first round. I was watching some sports coverage in the gym on Thursday morning and I kept seeing Mike Evans pop up when they were talking about potential Eagles' draft choices. Keep dreaming. No way Evans falls to the Eagles (Matt "Money" Smith has Evans going to the Bills in his mock draft.) But Brandin Cooks could be an option. Cooks even said so.

"Maybe Chip Kelly is looking to take another speedy receiver in that first round, and that could be me. Who knows? And if that's the case, a lot of people will wonder, 'Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?' In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better."

Love the confidence, Brandin. Keep it real! (No, I'm serious, I really like the kid. And no doubt Kelly is familiar with his former in-state rival.) But until the draft and stuff, I'm going to stick with Maclin who, no matter who the Eagles add, will be a quality WR3 for you.

When he does well, you can be all, "Dude, I totally called this. I knew it all along!" And I will totally believe you, too. Because that's the kind of guy I am.

(But seriously, I knew that was how the show was going to end.)

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