Jalen Reagor’s time in Philadelphia is over. The third-year wide receiver was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Ironically, Reagor was selected by the Eagles(20th) out of TCU, one pick before the Vikings selected two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Justin Jefferson.
Philadelphia has been looking to solve their issues at wide receiver, and last season they got DeVonta Smith in the draft. This offseason, they acquired stud wideout A.J. Brown from the Titans, so after a disappointing season for Reagor in 2021, you knew his time in Philadelphia was probably going to be over at some point.
Last season, the 23-year-old had 33 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games. In two seasons with the Eagles, Reagor, who had 24 starts in 28 games, had 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns.
Reagor is still young and has shown flashes, so maybe a change of scenery could be what his career needs to flourish.
Eagles rookie QB Jalen Hurts, in his first career start, made a few plays, and with the help of Miles Sanders(115 yards rushing, one touchdown), who had an 82-yard touchdown run and an opportunistic defense that sacked Saints QB Taysom Hill five times and forced two turnovers, Philadelphia(4-8-1) was able to defeat New Orleans(10-3) 24-21 at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
Hurts, who replaced an ineffective Wentz, was 17-30 for 167 yards with a touchdown and 106 yards rushing, played a solid game on Sunday against the Saints number one ranked defense, and was excited to get a win in his first career start.
“It felt good, it felt good. [It’s] always a great feeling to get a ‘W’,” Hurt said. “All week, we talked about going out there and executing and dominating our box. Coming out at halftime without looking at the scoreboard. I’ve said it a lot, just having a standard for play. We got this win, but is it up to our standard of play? No. So that’s why I say we have so much to build on and so much more to work for. [We] have to continue to build, continue to learn. Every game is an opportunity to learn, and we need to use it to our advantage moving forward.”
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson felt Hurts gave the team a spark on Sunday.
“Jalen got the start this afternoon, and I thought overall, there were some good things and really, kind of gave us a spark as a team that I was looking for, and I think we were looking for as a team,” Pederson said. “But you know, this win today is not about one guy. This win is about this team and how resilient this team is.”
Eagles WR Jalen Reagor(65 total yards) was impressed by what he saw out of Hurts and was proud of his performance.
“Ah man, you guys saw, he looked good,” Reagor said about Hurts. “He is a fearless guy, just like myself. He is a winner. He knows how to play, and I am proud of him. I am proud for him, and I am happy to see where he goes.”
When asked if Hurts will be the starter next week on the road against Arizona, Pederson has this to say:
“I’m going to enjoy this one. I’m going to go home and relax and be with my family tonight and enjoy this win and get ready for the week.”
Obviously, Hurts will start next week against the Cardinals. The rookie was solid today and used his legs effectively against New Orleans. Maybe this move should have happened sooner. Who knows. However, Hurts and Philadelphia have to keep it going, and this win against the Saints should give the Eagles some hope.
Coming into the 2020 NFL Draft, many wanted the Philadelphia Eagles to select Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb in the first round, but he went 17th overall to the Cowboys. After Lamb was off the board, the fanbase clamored for Justin Jefferson out of LSU. However, Philadelphia passed on Jefferson and selected TCU’s Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall pick.
While Lamb and Jefferson are playing well for their respective teams, The 21-year-old Reagor has gotten off to a slow start. Reagor, who missed five games due to a thumb injury, returned in Week 8 against the Cowboys. In four games, Reagor has 12 receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown.
On Wednesday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson gave his thoughts on Reagor at this stage of the season.
“Well, listen, he’s missed a lot of football, so there hasn’t been a lot of production,” Pederson said. “Now, would I like to get him the ball more? Yeah, I would. We’d like to get him more touches if we can. We know there’s one football, and we got some explosive guys too, so it’s hard to just say, ‘Hey, I want to go in and get him ‘X’ amount of touches’. It’s also how the defense plays, and look, we play so much fast, tempo offense that the ball can go anywhere. Our tempo offense is not about scheming one guy. It’s about playing fast and executing our stuff. But moving forward, yeah, I would like to get him some more touches if I can.”
It’s not helping that Jefferson is balling for Minnesota. He has four one-hundred yard receiving games and leads all rookies with 762 receiving yards. Every player develops differently, and at this point, maybe Philadelphia made the wrong decision by passing on Jefferson. However, it’s way too early and too much football to be played to call Reagor a disappointment, so we have to let it play out.