3 reasons to love Eagles drafting Jalen Reagor at No. 21 in first round

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2. Adding Reagor puts pressure on JJ Arcega-Whiteside

To say JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s rookie campaign was a major disappointment would be a huge understatement after Philadelphia had high expectations for the Stanford product after using a second-round pick on the young wideout last April.

Similar to Reagor’s situation this timearound, the Eagles felt confident enough in Arcega-Whiteside benefitting from playing alongside plenty of great talent on offense.

Instead, Arcega-Whiteside dealt with a few different injuries throughout his rookie campaign, and failed to take advantage of the additional playing time during his first NFL season, finishing the year with just 10 catches for 169 yards with a touchdown.

One year certainly doesn’t determine the kind of career Arcega-Whiteside is going to have since there is obviously plenty of time to turn things around, but no one expected him to be this much of a disappointment in year one.

Without question, Arcega-Whiteside will be facing heavy pressure to bounce back in 2020 to prove he isn’t a bust, and should be able to make more of an impact now that he will be fully healthy, but the pressure is still on.

There’s nothing the Eagles would love more than to obviously see Reagor and Arcega-Whiteside turn out to be the dynamic duo of the future in Philadelphia at wideout.

But at least as far as 2020 is concerned, if Arcega-Whiteside wasn’t already feeling heavy pressure to succeed before, he certainly will be now that Reagor is officially part of the picture.