Eagles roster watch: 3 Reasonable expectations for Jalen Reagor’s season
3. We’re calling it now. Reagor will lead the Eagles in receiving yards.
A year ago, as a runner and while splitting carries with Jordan Howard and Boston Scott, Miles Sanders helped spearhead the Eagles offense with 1,327 total yards from scrimmage. That number also doubles as the franchise’s all-time record for all-purpose yards as a rookie, and it includes 818 rushing yards. That too is the best it’s ever been for a rookie wearing an Eagles jersey.
We mentioned Reagor’s 100 touches earlier. In 2019, Sanders turned in 229 total touches in the regular season despite leaving Week 17’s game versus the New York Giants early with a mild injury.
Does Reagor have the stuff to threaten Sanders’ rookie mark for all-purpose yards? Well, 1,327 is a pretty hefty number, but here’s what’s certain. You can rack up yards faster throwing the ball than you can by handing it off. Reagor’s speed is one of his best assets, and while we’re talking about what we all believe he can or can’t do, here’s what may be the more appropriate conversation.
With the investment Philly’s made, we know we’ll see Reagor both early and often. With the injury concerns they always seem to have, the may have to ask him for more than they thought they would, and if so, he’ll be the got guy, whether that’s done because Jackson and Goodwin get hurt or because the team wants to pace them so they don’t remains to be seen.
Philly wanted a difference-maker at wide receiver. Now, they have several. It should be fun to watch both Sanders and Reagor grow up together in the “City of Brotherly Love” for the next few seasons.