The Philadelphia Eagles will try to get Jalen Reagor involved quickly.
This was one of those years where the Eagles’ draft needs were clear. Addressing the wide receiver position was of the utmost importance, and they tried to fill the void with the best one that was available. With Henry Ruggs III, Ceedee Lamb, and Jerry Jeudy all off of the board, the ‘Birds’ still had their share of choices.
With Justin Jefferson and Denzel Mims still available, Philly went with Jalen Reagor, whose status as a first-round selection pretty much guarantees he’ll be on the field and expected to contribute immediately.
Reagor’s speed will be an asset in Philadelphia’s offense. He isn’t the most physical wide receiver, nor does he operate at an elite level in traffic, but he’s lethal in the open field and a threat to come down with the 50/50 balls. Head coach Doug Pederson will make sure to maximize those attributes while trying to minimize his shortcomings.
One thing that could slow down Reagor is his tendency to drop the football. The former TCU Horned Frogs receiver has the tools to make an impact at the NFL level, but every now and then, he lacks the concentration needed to consistently catch the football. Again, Pederson will almost certainly look for ways to cut down on those kinds of mental errors.
Reagor may see a few passes his way early in the season, but once he grows comfortable in his role, he should get plenty of targets. He is arguably more talented than other young wideouts in the team and due to his status, the Eagles may want to force the ball his way in order to speed up his development.
The fact the Eagles have a pair of competent tight ends in Erz and Goedert should also get attention away from Reagor and in turn, help him play in space, where he thrives. This guy has the chance to be a playmaker. Prediction: 55 receptions, 808 receiving yards, and six touchdowns