Wait. We’re still talking about the Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers?
Justin Jefferson is better than Jalen Reagor, It’s obvious. The decision to go with the TCU guy can be defended however you like.
You can scream at the top of your lungs that Reagor is the better fit for Philly’s offense (how you arrive at that is questionable though). You can also subscribe to the Howie Roseman theory, one that points to the flip being switched to on by some guys later rather than sooner. Either way, if you were to take a poll of the Eagles’ fan base, you’re likely to learn something, if you didn’t know this already.
After watching D.K. Metcalf flourish when JJ Arcega-Whiteside didn’t and after watching Justin Jefferson finish with 88 receptions for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns while Reagor ended his first season with 31 snags for 396 yards and a single score, Birds fans are tired of waiting. They want a difference-maker, and they want one now.
DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, in all likelihood, are probably out of here. Travis Fulgham’s run in 2020 was a mirage. He really isn’t that good. He’s decent, but he isn’t what everyone keeps hoping he’ll become. The jury is still out on John Hightower and Quez Watkins.
Philly holds the sixth-overall selection in 2021’s NFL Draft. Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith might be available when the Birds are on the clock, which means they’ll probably go with someone like Jaylen Waddle or Kadarius Toney if they select a receiver.
No disrespect to either of those guys, but Waddle missed the entire season with an injury, and Toney isn’t on the level of the other guys mentioned. In other words, both of those guys are exactly the guy that Howie Roseman, a guy who always tries to outthink the room, looks for.