Sunday’s X-Factor: How Eagles rookie WR Jalen Reagor can completely change the game vs. Washington
11 September 2020 Eagles News
Eagles football is officially back this Sunday as they’ll travel to an Washington to take on the Washington football team. Empty stadium and all, they’ll be forced to adapt to not just the atmosphere.
With a new coaching staff and less time to prepare than normal, the Eagles are going into this game a little blind. Nonetheless, they’ve been on the right side of this “rivalry” for years now. Every year and every game a new player rises to the occasion and takes over. Without further ado, here is this Sunday’s x-factor performer.
The Eagles have a new offensive look this season with a bunch of new weapons. Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Corey Clement is back, this offense is going to be a lot different than what we saw at Washington week 16 last season.
If there’s any player who’s going to ignite a spark and electrify the Eagles offense Sunday, it’s got to be Jalen Reagor. He’s now back off the injury report and ready to roll. The Washington Football team is not ready.
When we talk about Reagor, we aren’t just talking about a player who is a deep threat, he’s much more than that. He’s a player who had zero red zone drops in his career at TCU, he’s a player who can do it all.
His work ethic is unmatched and he’s ready to prove to the league that he’s an elite playmaker. It comes down to how the Eagles deploy him. He’ll be best used in a role where they move him around and get him the ball in space. The Eagles can use him in the screen game and potential give him an end around carry or two. It’s also likely that he’ll return punts as well.
When you looked at the Eagles roster last season, the Eagles had not a single player that could catch a short pass and take it to the house. Reagor brings that energy and ability to the team. Carson Wentz has a better deep ball than most people give him credit for. He’s looked good, but all his deep threat wide receivers haven’t been healthy or just haven’t been too good. Really, he didn’t have a lot of chances to throw the deep pass.
Wentz is going to be very ready to push the ball down the field with the options he now has and next to DeSean Jackson, Reagor is his top option. He’ll get those chances to make a big play, but more than that, he’ll get a bunch of targets. Wentz has looked ready to throw to Reagor all camp and that duo should be strong.
With that being said, Reagor is Sunday’s x-factor. With him on the field, Washington’s defense will always be on their heels. Almost like the affect Tyreek Hill has on defenses for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Reagor stat line prediction
6 receptions 121 yards and one touchdown, 1 carry for 21 yards
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