Jalen Reagor will excel with Carson Wentz
When the Eagles selected Jalen Reagor with the 21st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, fans and media alike thought the pick was questionable at best. Some wanted Justin Jefferson (who was taken with the next pick by Minnesota), others were too upset about CeeDee Lamb falling to Dallas to care. Regardless of popular belief, Reagor fits the Eagles offense like a glove.
Jalen Reagor may be the explosive player that the #Eagles need. pic.twitter.com/ZyISc9I7Ms
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) January 24, 2020
Don’t let the uninspiring TCU numbers from 2019 fool you, Reagor had to deal with less than adequate QB play. In his 3 years at TCU, Reagor had 8 QBs throwing him the ball. Kenny Hill was the only one that came remotely close to the NFL. He went undrafted, signed with the Raiders, and was cut a month later. When Reagor had somewhat consistent QB play in 2018, he recorded 72 catches for 1061 yards and 9 TDs. That would’ve been enough to be considered in the same company as Jeudy, Lamb & Ruggs in the draft.
The QB play Jalen Reagor had to deal with was sickening.
At least he doesn’t give up on plays. pic.twitter.com/41XS57bKCM
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) July 31, 2020
A lot has been made of Reagor’s dropped passes, he dropped 9 balls out of 92 targets in 2019. I wouldn’t put too much stock into those though, 40% of passes that came his way were uncatchable. Three TCU QBs combined for 53% completion, 6.2 yards/attempt, 15 TDs, and 11 INTs last season. They didn’t do Reagor any favors bolstering his draft stock.
Jalen Reagor won’t have to deal with inconsistent QB play in Philadelphia. He’ll have a franchise QB was able to throw for 4,000 yards with no WRs to speak of and has thrown for at least 20 TDs and less than 10 INTs in 3 consecutive seasons. Only 5 other QBs in NFL history have been able to do the same. Carson Wentz nearly won MVP when he had a deep threat consistently on the field in Torrey Smith. We saw the chemistry between Wentz and DeSean Jackson bode well last season, albeit in a limited sample size. Reagor has already drawn bold comparisons to Julio Jones from Carson Wentz. The sheer presence of Reagor on the field will do wonders for the franchise QB, who is looking to lead his first deep playoff run this season.
Jalen Reagor plays a lot bigger than he is. pic.twitter.com/x5yhduk2du
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) May 1, 2020
The former Big 12 receiver has the speed and versatility to be used all over the field. Reagor recorded 2,572 yards on 183 plays last season for the Horned Frogs, averaging 14 yards per touch. He’s electric in the return game as well, averaging 17.8 yards on punt returns and 24.2 yards on kick returns. I expect Doug Pederson to get creative with a player of Reagor’s skillset.
If you’re curious about how the burner will match up against NFL caliber defensive backs, I wouldn’t be too concerned. Jalen Reagor had 7 catches for 98 yards against Jeff Okudah (#3 overall pick in the draft) and Damon Arnette (#19 overall) in 2018. The Eagles needed to come out of the draft with at least one playmaking receiver to grow with Carson Wentz. With Reagor already turning heads at training camp, it would seem that the franchise has found their man.
When Carson hits this dude in stride >>> pic.twitter.com/lXJkm4Ko5T
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 24, 2020
Mandatory Credit: NBC Sports Philadelphia
[…] The Eagles needed to come out of the draft with a playmaker, and the got one with Jalen Reagor. The TCU product showcased his speed early, before tearing a UCL in his thumb. Reagor had 5 catches for 96 yards before being placed on IR. If the Eagles can ever build a competent, young roster, he’ll be a headache for opposing defenses for a long time. […]