Is it too soon to give up on Jalen Reagor?
With the Philadelphia Eagles winning three of their last four games, there’s a lot to be happy about.
The offense and defense seem to be coming together for a potential playoff push. Young players like Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, as well as Landon Dickerson are developing right before our eyes.
Unfortunately, not all the young players on this roster are growing at the same rate. That’s where we discuss Jalen Reagor. For whatever reason, it seems as though Reagor has regressed as the team has started to find its rhythm. Reagor has 0 yards or less in 4 of the last 6 games.
Former Eagle, Montae Reagor (Jalen Reagor’s father), had some interesting things to say that surfaced on Twitter last night. Until he deleted the tweet of course.
He’s certainly not wrong here in my opinion. Reagor is simply not getting targeted in this offense. When he does, it’s an awful tunnel screen where the defenders are already in the backfield.
Reagor is far too talented of a receiver to only be targeted on screen passes. It doesn’t help he’s only getting targeted 1-2 times a game either. That’s a huge difference compared to the 13 receptions he had in the first 3 games of the season.
On that catch, NextGen Stats clocked Reagor as the sixth fastest ball carrier in the NFL this season, reaching 21.74 miles per hour. There’s too much talent there to give up on this guy. The coaching staff needs to find a way to target him and make him a larger part of the offense. Not to mention, when Hurts has targeted him lately, he’s missed the throw. The two need to build their chemistry together still.
In the coming weeks, the Eagles will be facing some of the best-run defenses in the NFL; who will be game-planning to stop this newfound rush attack. Therefore, the Eagles must get the receivers more involved. Luckily both Goedert and Smith have emerged as legitimate pass targets in this league. But, it’s time to develop the next receiver.
There will be no better time to get Reagor involved. Whether that’s sweeps, screens, or in the vertical pass game. You can’t make a fair assessment of the kid until that happens. Yes, I said kid. Reagor is the youngest receiver on the roster being 22 years old.
It’s been a rough start for the young receiver in the NFL. Thus far, he is known for his antics on social media compared to his production on the field. He has since outgrown that behavior and has been far less of a distraction on social media. Eagles fans need to realize he was dealing with a personal tragedy this past offseason. It certainly couldn’t have helped that coach Sirianni handed out some tough criticism of him during training camp either.
For all these reasons, I personally wouldn’t give up on him just yet. But, I won’t tell you how to think. I’m simply here to provide a different angle. All the media has been doing lately has been doing is grilling and roasting Reagor.
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