Former Eagles wide receiver thinks Jalen Reagor could benefit from a change of scenery
After another underwhelming season, many Eagles fans are starting to believe it’s time to move on from Jalen Reagor. His lack of production, alongside numerous boneheaded mistakes on special teams, has left a sour taste amongst the fanbase and rightfully so.
The former first-round pick has been at odds with Eagles fans, and a former Philadelphia wideout thinks it could be time for a change of scenery. Recently, former Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant spoke with NBC’s John Clark about Reagor, and Avant feels he could benefit from a different opportunity elsewhere.
It’s hard to disagree with what Avant is saying here. Reagor just isn’t fitting in the Eagles’ offense. During the 2021 season, he had just 33 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Fans will never stop comparing Reagor to Justin Jefferson while he is here, which is exhausting for both sides.
Reagor also just turned 23, so it’s way too soon to say he won’t be able to make it in the NFL. First-rounders are always given the benefit of the doubt, and giving him a shot in a place like Houston could change his career entirely.
Personally, I’m sick of seeing #18 run backwards during punt returns and then tweet that everyone will regret ever doubting him, and his dad blocking everyone who says otherwise. But who knows? Maybe Texans or Lions fans will enjoy that.
The Eagles are starting to turn the corner and need another legitimate threat opposite DeVonta Smith. But Reagor just isn’t it. We have seen other Philly athletes in different sports leave and succeed elsewhere, so we might as well let Reagor attempt to do the same.
Markelle Fultz couldn’t take the scrutiny from the national media while with the 76ers and ended up becoming a very good player for the Orlando Magic before tearing his ACL. Different situations, but proof players can make it work with another organization.
Nick Sirianni mentioned Reagor during their end-of-season press conference, discussing how they sat down and talked about what he needed to improve. However, Sirianni spoke about his teammate, Quez Watkins, in far more detail and gave him a lot of praise.
If the Eagles bring in another receiver via the draft or free agency, Reagor would be the 4th WR on the depth chart at best. Since his cap hit is low, the Eagles could hope he eventually pans out, but I would think that Philadelphia will cut their losses and move on from Reagor this offseason.
Mandatory Credit: Getty Images