Eagles react to Jalen Reagor trade to Vikings – NBC Sports

Eagles react to Jalen Reagor trade to Vikings - NBC Sports

After watching the first two years of Jalen Reagor’s career, it’s hard to imagine he’ll ever live up to being a first-round draft pick.

It just definitely won’t happen here.

“I feel like some people need a change of scenery,” DeVonta Smith said.

Reagor got that change of scenery Wednesday, when before practice general manager Howie Roseman sent TCU’s 2020 first-round pick to Minnesota for a pair of Day 3 picks.

“I’m happy for him,” Smith said. “A new start for him. Go there, I hope he does his thing.”

In exchange for Reagor, the Eagles received a 7th round pick in 2023 and a 4th round pick in 2024 “which would change to a 5th if certain statistical marks were not met.”

Heck, it feels like the wordiness of the business is already setting Reagor up for failure in his next city.

In Philly, he will be remembered as the lower first-round pick the Eagles took over perennial Pro Bowler Justin Jefferson, who went one pick later at No. 22. The infamous video of the Vikings’ front office celebrating the Eagles’ blunder did not. ‘t helped matters and neither did Jefferson’s immediate success. While Reagor has always claimed publicly that Jefferson’s ascension did not affect him, it certainly seems likely that it did.

That Reagor now joins Jefferson in Minnesota is not lost on anyone.

The Eagles went against conventional draft wisdom in 2020 when they managed to take Reagor because they liked his explosiveness. From that point, the election was doomed to fail.

Reagor had to deal with these expectations and the reality that he had not lived up to them.

“It wasn’t too much fun for Reagor. He had a tough time,” Dallas Goedert said. “Shoot, through the media with whatever happened. But he was one person who always put his head down and worked. I always respected him. He never really complained. He was only here to get better. He tried. I got great respect for Reagor, he was a great friend of mine.”

In his two seasons in Philadelphia, Reagor had an enormous role and his production did not come close to matching. He caught 64 passes for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns in 28 games (24 starts) and never had more than 57 yards in any individual game.

Reagor even struggled in the return game. Last year, he ranked 17th in the NFL in punt return average (7.3) among qualified players and ranked 27th in the NFL in kick return average (21.3) among players with at least 10 attempts.

Reagor really hurt the Eagles more than he helped them in 2021.

And the more the pressure increased, the more Reagor heard about it, the more he sometimes attacked social media or dug the hole deeper with his playing.

Reagor has been a starter in each of the last two seasons and even after the Eagles drafted Smith with the No. 10 overall pick in 2021, Reagor was still the No. 2 last season. So he went from being their second option at the beginning of last year to expendable a year later. That shows you how much better the Eagles’ receiver room is right now.

Reagor got the news of the trade while at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday before practice and then he was gone.

For the most part, Reagor’s former teammates seemed happy for him to continue his career elsewhere.

“New start for him, new thing,” Darius Slay said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he does. I just don’t need him to be good Week 2 (when the Eagles host the Vikings). He could be good every other week after that though.”

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