What new Eagles WR Jalen Reagor brings to the team
24 April 2020 Eagles News
When the Philadelphia Eagles took TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor with the 21st pick it wasn’t the popular pick among people who never saw him play. But, I’m here to tell you he’s exactly what the Eagles offense needed and some.
Firstly; Reagor shouldn’t be considered undersized. He stands 5’11” and weighs 206 pounds. Those were the numbers measured at the combine. His body measures right there with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. He’s not your average speedster who’s generally not as muscular. Also, Reagor can jump, he’s very good at the jump ball, he really is a freak athlete.
When it’s all said and done, Reagor is exactly what the Eagles need. Last season, the offense lacked any sort of spark. Reagor is a player who can ignite a spark whenever he touches the ball, the Eagles just need to give it to him in any way possible.
Jalen Reagor’s speed.
— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) April 24, 2020
He’s been compared to both Hill in the ways he sizes up but also, the way Hill is used by the Chiefs is exactly how we can expect Reagor to be used. He’s not going to be just a Z wide receiver or a wide receiver who just goes deep every play. We could see the Eagles move him around for matchup purposes, wide receiver screens and even some end around plays. He’s going to get the ball and he’s going to be electric.
And, what has Carson Wentz lacked the past few seasons? A player who can do just that. Wentz averaged 10.4 yards per completion last season which isn’t terrible, but late in the season, we saw a lot of the younger players play and none of them stretched the field. That option just wasn’t there for the Eagles. Because of that, the Eagles’ middle of the field was always defended extremely tight. Now, with Reagor, teams cannot just overload the middle, they’re going to have to respect his speed.
This will open so many things for the offense. Besides adding a very dangerous playmaker for Wentz, they’re helping free up the middle of the field. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert will both have an easier time getting open.
— Ryan Neal (@Rwilliamneal) April 24, 2020
Reagor is going to make plays, he’s going to be explosive and he’s going to thrive if the Eagles set him up to. They seem to know how versatile he can be and how he’ll thrive when the ball is given to him. They’re going to scheme up plays for him and the offense will finally have that element they’ve lacked. They’re actually going to have a dangerous wide receiver.