Jalen Reagor wants to finish his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Throw this one in the category of curveballs thrown while we were expecting the 90-mile-per-hour fastball. While the Inside The Iggles staff doesn’t always represent the theories of every Philadelphia Eagles fan, we believe we can speak for Birds fans everywhere when we say no one thought when they woke up on Wednesday morning that Jalen Reagor would step in front of a microphone and state that he wanted to remain in the City of Brotherly Love for the remainder of his NFL career.

Over the spring and summer, we’ve seen him scrub his Instagram account of all references to the Eagles. He’s fired off on members of the Philly media with both direct and indirect statements on Twitter (we won’t say any names, but most of you know about what we’re discussing). We won’t even get into the firestorm from Birds fans aimed in his direction. Still, somehow despite all of that, here we are.

Following Philly’s tenth and final practice of training camp, a microphone was placed in front of Reagor, and this was the result.

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Does Jalen Reagor have a realistic shot of making the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster?

Before we make any other statement, let’s state the obvious. It’s been a rough go for Jalen Reagor during his first two seasons in the NFL. There’s no need to re-visit draft day, his stat line, and who the Eagles ignored by drafting him. We’ve beaten those stories into submission.

Still, even with all of that being said, August has been ‘Reagor Season’, and here we go again. He’s having a great camp.

We know… We know… Throw out an instance where he showed up for work out of shape, and we’ve been fooled by such things before. Highlight-reel snags and nice practice showings have long been a Reagor staple, but this time feels different.

If Philadelphia keeps six wide receivers, a very likely scenario, A.J. Brown, Quez Watkins, DeVonta Smith, and Zach Pascal are locks to make the roster. That means Reagor is in competition with five veterans and a track star for what might be two roster spots (Keric Wheatfall, Greg Ward, Lance Lenoir, John Hightower, and Deon Cain), all while an undrafted rookie, Britain Covey, is also breathing down his neck and making a name for himself.

Reagor isn’t a sure thing to make this roster, and this time, where he was drafted and his price tag may not be enough to save him. Much will be ironed out in the preseason.

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So, again, we repeat. One of the bombshell moments of the day comes from Jalen Reagor, but it wasn’t due to a catch or a big play. It comes from a statement that, again, we weren’t ready for.

Number 18 has hopes of seeing his jersey hang from Lincoln Financial Field’s upper reaches one day, but for now, goal number one is pretty obvious. He has to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster first, and whether you have Reagor fatigue or you’re pulling for him, one thing is certain. No one should be surprised if he makes the team or if he’s cut.