Eagles don’t appear ready to give up on Jalen Reagor just yet
After falling short against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles are officially in offseason mode. All of their focus and energy will shift towards putting the best roster together to take the field in 2022-23.
Wednesday morning, general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni held a joint end-of-year press conference. Among the topics discussed was second-year wide receiver Jalen Reagor.
It’s no secret the former first-round pick has not lived up to expectations since being taken 21st overall back in 2020. Reagor finished the season with 299 yards on 33 receptions, a step back from the 396 yards he tallied as a rookie.
Despite many calling for the 23-year-old to be cut after a lackluster performance against the Buccaneers, the Eagles still have faith Reagor can turn things around. When asked about the young wideout, Roseman mentioned there has already been a conversation had with Reagor about the steps he needs to take moving forward.
“As we head into year three, we expected more from Jalen [Reagor] at this point. We had a chance to sit down with him after the season and had an honest conversation about the things that he needs to develop and the things that we can help him develop to continue his growth.”
Later on, Sirianni was asked his thoughts on the Eagles’ receiving core as a whole. He, too, sees potential in Reagor and feels it’s also on him to help his game take the next step.
“We want more production from Jalen Reagor, and he has all the talent to do so. I like him in that number three spot right now, to be able to make plays, because he has skill. He has talent. It’s just our jobs as coaches to get that skill and talent out of him.”
Based on these comments, it’s fair that Reagor’s tenure in Philadelphia is far from over. Sirianni also deserves credit for admitting he plays a part in this, as it is on the coach to put his players in the best position to succeed.
While the flashes might come few and far between, Reagor still has the potential to be a key piece in the Eagles’ offense. Being in a rebuilding stage, the organization should not be eager to part ways with him after just 28 career games.
It’s true Reagor still has a ways to go as an NFL receiver, but the Eagles appear to be proactive in putting a plan in place to un-tap his potential next season.
Nick Sirianni on Jalen Reagor: “We want more production from him. We like him in that WR3 spot. He has to make the plays.”— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) January 19, 2022
Says Quez Watkins can be one of the best WR2’s in the NFL and that he didn’t get as many targets as he deserves.
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