Nick Sirianni says Jalen Reagor gives Eagles ‘best chance to win’
Well, you don’t have to ask any more questions about the Philadelphia Eagles‘ depth chart at the wide receiver position and where Jalen Reagor sits on it. Head coach Nick Sirianni, as he always does of the day following a game, met with members of the media, and he was very direct in his response to the final question that was asked in his 17-minute presser.
That question, one that was asked by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro, was whether or not Nick had given any consideration to benching Jalen Reagor, even if it was for just one game.
Here’s what the coach said as a response:
"No, again, we’re trying to put the guys… We go out there, and we’re seeing who gives us the best chance to win, and we play all five wideouts. I think, yesterday, Greg (Ward) played seven plays. JJ (Arcega-Whiteside) played 15 plays, and then, obviously the guys that started… So, I’m comfortable with the roles they’re in right now. I have not thought about (benching Reagor). I have not thought through that because I don’t think that’s in the best interest of the team because I think that Jalen gives us the best chance to win."
And just like that, Jalen Reagor is given a reprieve.
Look, we all know how infuriating that is to hear when we all watched Jalen Reagor return four punts for about 18 yards, catch one pass, and drop several others (including two on the final drive that could have been game-winners).
Jalen Reagor is giving this team nothing. We can all see that, but for as bad as he is, here’s an even bigger issue. Who are the Eagles going to put on the field to replace him? If you haven’t noticed, they’ve got NOTHING at the wide receiver position.
Sure, most of us would take Greg Ward over Reagor right now. Giving Kenneth Gainwell snaps at wide receiver is an option. Heck, some of us would even take Alshon Jeffery back in his place right now, but thanks to poor drafting and bad roster building, Coach may have a point.
Right now, as sad as it is to say this. Jalen Reagor gives the Eagles’ offense its best chance to be successful. We can’t honestly promise you that starting JJ Arcega-Whiteside over Reagor will fix anything. Sheesh! It’s going to be a long six weeks.