Eagles react to Jalen Reagor’s trade to the Vikings

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

It certainly wouldn’t happen here.

“I feel like some people need a different environment,” DeVonta Smith said.

Reagor got that change of scenery on Wednesday, when general manager Howie Roseman shipped the first round of 2020 from TCU to Minnesota for a few days of 3 picks before practice.

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

In exchange for Reagor, the Eagles were given a 7th round pick in 2023 and a 4th round pick in 2024 “which would turn into a 5th if certain stat points aren’t met.”

Heck, it feels like the trade verbiage is already setting Reagor for disappointment in his next town.

In Philadelphia, he will be remembered as the underperforming first-round pick that the Eagles took over from perennial Pro Bowler Justin Jefferson, who later made a pick at number 22. It doesn’t help matters, nor does Jefferson’s immediate success. While Reagor always publicly claimed that Jefferson’s ascent had no effect on him, it certainly seems likely that it did.

It has not escaped anyone’s notice that Reagor is now joining Jefferson in Minnesota.

The Eagles went against conventional design wisdom in 2020 when they wanted to take Reagor because they loved its explosiveness. From that moment on, the choice was doomed to fail.

Reagor had to deal with those expectations and the reality that he wasn’t living up to them.

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

In his two seasons in Philadelphia, Reagor played a big part and his production didn’t come close to being matched. He caught 64 passes for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns in 28 games (24 starts) and never had more than 57 yards in an individual game.

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

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

And the more the pressure mounted, the more Reagor heard about it, the more he sometimes lashed out on social media or dug the hole deeper with his game.

Reagor was 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 No. 2 last season. So he went from their second option early last year to a replaceable years later. That shows how much better the Eagles reception area is right now.

Reagor got the news about trading at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday before practice and then he was gone.

For the most part, Reagor’s former teammates seemed happy that he could continue his career elsewhere.

“A fresh start for him, something new,” said Darius Slay. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do. I just don’t need him to be good in week 2 (when the Eagles host the Vikings). After that, though, he could be good every other week.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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