Jalen Reagor shares intriguing take on verbal assaults from Eagles fans

Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

How many times can you state that you’ve gone a full week of any Philadelphia Eagles regular season and not heard about how tough fans can be or hard it is to play in the City of Brotherly Love? It doesn’t happen often, does it? How many times have you watched Jalen Reagor play and heard the words ‘he sucks’ or ‘he’s a bust’? That hasn’t happened that often either, has it?

This season, it’s all come to a head as the frustrations of a demanding fan base have bubbled over to deafening levels… literally.

It doesn’t feel like Jalen Reagor is getting better. It feels like he’s regressing, and with every miscue or bad decision on special teams, the anger grows.

With every dropped pass or reverse that results in a loss of yardage, you don’t have to work hard to hear the boos or verbal assaults. Heck, you can hear the boos in New Jersey when the Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field.

Still, the second-year wideout appears to be taking things in stride. On Tuesday, he sat with members of the Philadelphia media. Check this one out.

The man has a point. It appears that he has the mental makeup to endure and thrive in a city where the demands can be a bit overwhelming. Some have stated he appears not to care as much as he should, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Maybe he’s more like Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni than we all think.

Frustrations shown by Eagles fans to Jalen Reagor have been brewing for a while.

Have you ever thought about how long we’ve been stressing over wide receivers? It isn’t like this is the first time it’s happened. Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams were okay… not great but okay. James Trash and Todd Stinkston were awful.

Sorry about that. We meant James Thrash and Todd Pinkston.

The sad thing about the Eagles is this. They’ve had more instances of Freddie Mitchell than Terrell Owens. Since 2017 alone, they have swung and missed on guys like Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins. They took JJ Arcega-Whiteside over D.K. Metcalf just one season before ignoring Justin Jefferson for Jalen Reagor.

Maybe Reagor gets it the worst because of so many things that happened before his arrival in 2020 when the Eagles made him the 21st-overall selection in that year’s NFL Draft. Philadelphia’s less-than-stellar play at the wide receiver position has been on everyone’s mind for years.

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Everyone’s sick of waiting on guys like Nelson Aghlor to be great. They’re sick of seeing Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson sit on the injury report. Yes, Reagor’s bad, and in the end, fans will lay off of him if he just catches the football. Still, in the end, even if the fans’ impatience is the result of things that Number 18 truthfully had nothing to do with, the facts are the facts.

Reagor’s performance is his responsibility. Based on where he was drafted, no one’s wrong for demanding more. There is one silver lining, however. At least he isn’t falling apart in the meantime. That means that there may still be some hope.