Nick Sirianni explains Jalen Reagor’s muffed punt, refusal to bench him
The Philadelphia Eagles collapsed yesterday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, losing 31-15. There were a million things that went wrong yesterday, but Jalen Reagor’s inability to field punts were highlighted across social media by Eagles’ fans.
The Eagles were down 17-0 entering the half and couldn’t get things going on their first drive. After stuffing the Buccaneers, they were set up with prime field positioning to strike again. However, first-round bust Jalen Reagor muffed the punt in a crowded pile, resulting in the Buccaneers recovering.
There were so many issues with this play, the biggest being that there was no need for Reagor to recover the punt. He was surrounded, and the ball would have rolled out of bounds, but Reagor, like every other punt, tried to do too much.
Following their loss, Nick Sirianni was asked about the dropped punt and tried to explain what went wrong. According to the Eagles’ head coach, Reagor misjudged the football due to the wind. Sirianni went on to say they would have explored a change, but Greg Ward was dealing with back spasms.
I don’t even know where to begin with this comment. First off, this team has numerous returners on their roster outside of Greg Ward they could have turned to, including Kenneth Gainwell, who is literally their kick returner.
Just a quarter later, Reagor dropped another punt and proceeded to run backward and lose even more yardage. It’s a joke that this wideout is given so many chances, and continues to screw all of them up. I have never seen any player be such a net-negative when they’re on the field in my entire life.
This team would have been far better off just not placing a returner back there. The winds were so insane that their punts were nearing touchbacks, and this team was better off with nobody instead of risking another fumble.
Instead of taking responsibility, Reagor once again took to Twitter to retweet tweets saying people would regret doubting him. At this point, we are asking the bare minimum from a first-round pick that will likely be on the move this offseason.
Let him and his dad complain that Sam Darnold isn’t giving him enough targets in Carolina next season.
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