Chip Kelly is at it again.
The 24-year-old Maehl went undrafted in 2011 after playing four years at Oregon, the last two of which were under Kelly. He converted to wide receiver before his sophomore year after spending his freshman year as a defensive back.
Maehl is certainly on the small side at 6'0" and 185 pounds, a shade bigger than Damaris Johnson, who is 5'8" and 175 pounds. DeSean Jackson is 5'10" and 175 pounds.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Texans and spent most of his time in Houston on the practice squad, though he did appear in three games in 2011 after the Texans released Derrick Mason. He spent all of 2012 on the practice squad and was starting to become buried on the Texans depth chart. Maehl does not have a single NFL reception to his name.
In two seasons under Kelly at Oregon, Maehl caught 130 balls for 1,772 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had a senior year stat line of 77 catches for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Maehl will compete with the likes of Greg Salas, Russell Shepard and Ifeanyi Momah for a roster spot. If he shows well enough, Maehl can land a special teams spot and could find the field on some occasions thanks to his good hands and route-running.
Menkin, an undrafted free agent from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2012, was claimed off waivers by the Eagles from the Texans after final cuts in 2012. He never appeared in a game for the Eagles and was placed on injured reserve on December 7 after damaging cartilage in his throat.
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