2 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles help Jalen Reagor by drafting another WR

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
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1. The Philadelphia Eagles take the pressure off of Reagor.

The moment Jalen Reagor stepped foot in the NovaCare Complex, the questions began? Was he the right guy? Why couldn’t Philly see that Justin Jefferson was better? Can this guy stay healthy? After all, he got hurt in the preseason and at the beginning of the regular season.

You’ve heard the saying before. Pressure makes diamonds or bursts pipes. Reagor was a pipe in 2020 more often than not. He also missed five games. Meanwhile, Jefferson appeared in all 16 Vikings regular-season games with 14 starts.

For the most part, Reagor handled the questions and any criticism fairly well. Then, by the end of the regular season, everyone could see that it was beginning to take a toll on him. No one’s blaming him for that. The guy’s only human, and the barrage was intense at times. Here’s the thing though.

Taking another wide receiver takes a lot of the pressure off of Reagor. The Philly media and Birds fans shift their attention to the new guy. The Eagles’ second-year receiver can benefit from mismatches, someone else being double-teamed, and lining up against the other squad’s second or third-best cover guy.

The comparisons to Justin Jefferson might even begn to die down some if Reagor is given room to operate.