Nick Sirianni doesn’t have much to say about Jalen Reagor

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The Eagles praised receiver Jalen Reagor on Tuesday, after he made the 53-man roster. The next day, they buried his Philadelphia career.

Come Thursday, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni didn’t have much to say about the 21st pick in the 2020 draft.

“We do wish him the best,” Sirianni told reporters, when asked why things didn’t work out. “You get emotionally attached to everybody you have here as players. He’s not on our team anymore. He’s a Minnesota Viking now. I’m not even going to go into that or anything there. He gave some good plays while he was here. He had a good training camp, like I said yesterday, and I wish him the best.”

Sirianni was later asked whether it was simply an issue of a change in coaching staffs between Doug Peterson in 2020 and Sirianni in 2021.

“No, I didn’t feel that way at all,” Sirianni said. “Again, as coaches you’re always trying to use the players to the best of their abilities, and our job as coaches — I know I’m from the high-school family of coaches, that the kids that grow up in your town, you find the scheme that fits that group of kids. Our job as coaches is to find the scheme that fits the guys that you have in the building. So I never feel that way about a player.”

So, basically, Sirianni didn’t regard Reagor as being good enough to have the scheme fit him. And now he’s gone, with the Eagles not having to pay the balance of his contract and getting a little something for a guy who, for whatever reason, didn’t give them much of anything in two NFL seasons.

14 responses to “Nick Sirianni doesn’t have much to say about Jalen Reagor

  1. Reagor was in a toxic environment in Philly after being the opposite of Justin Jefferson over two years. But even Justin Jefferson wouldn’t have put up Justin Jefferson numbers had he been drafted by the Eagles. Wentz, Pederson and that dumpster fire his first year, then Hurts and a run-first offense his second year- brutal. Of course Reagor didn’t help himself by showing up out of shape for training camp last year with new coaches not tied to him, and who’ve spent a lot of resources on the WR position since drafting Reagor.

    But a change of scenery will do Reagor good, and he’ll be more productive in Minnesota than he was in Philly. That’s a low bar, but Reagor will come in as WR4 on the Vikings, and likely punt returner, and likely be used as a downfield threat and occasionally a jet sweep guy, but will need to compete for playing time. But his value in Minnesota may be more than just his stats. If he keeps a safety busy downfield, opening up things for JJ and Thielen, that’s helpful and worth the 7th and conditional 4th or 5th 2024 pick (which is valued as a 5th or 6th in today’s draft currency). And he comes cheap with two years left on his rookie deal.

  2. “Of course Reagor didn’t help himself by showing up out of shape for training camp last year with new coaches not tied to him, and who’ve spent a lot of resources on the WR position since drafting Reagor.”

    You forgot the part about him dropping everything that came his way, including a potential game winning pass that HIT HIM IN THE HANDS against the Giants last year. Good Riddance.

  3. JR is a talented player who just didn’t make plays. He’s a first round investment – it’s painful he was taken over Jefferson – but hard to knock a GM who put together a Super Bowl winning team.

    End of the day, JR didn’t make plays.. he just.. didn’t. Google “Jalen Reagor Dropped Passes” and you’ll see enough low-lights to indicate the guy hit his ceiling.. and that’s that. Wish him well, but I’m over the guy who made Nelson Agholor look good..

  4. Leave it to two people who haven’t seen him play to think so highly of Reagor. He had red flags in college then his NFL career was nothing but Bull. Charge that to the Eagles if you will but the chips are there for you to pick up. We are done.

  5. If he keeps a safety busy downfield, opening up things for JJ and Thielen, that’s helpful and worth the 7th and conditional 4th or 5th 2024 pick
    +++++
    First Reagor was outproduced by a 6th rounder the eagles drafted later in the same draft.
    Second trading two picks to keep a safety busy downfield is not a wise use of two picks.

  6. Anyone who saw this guy saw that he had athleticism but absolutely no control, or confidence, and lack of intellect on the field. In his year 2, of being a first round draft pick, the rookie first round draft pick rose to levels that Aghelor.. i mean, Reagor never even sniffed.
    I hope the change of teams helps him. Hes got talent in there, but he needs to bring it out of himself.
    Perhaps in this case, both Reagor and Eagles are in a win-win situation. (note, the comparisons with Jefferson, are not going anywhere, anytime soon! Hopefully for his sake, he plays well and its a moot point.)

  7. They bashed him for being picked before Jefferson. Now they get to play together on the same team! Might be great for him in Minnesota!

  8. As a Vikings fan, I’m not expecting a whole ton, but hoping he can fix some of his issues and hopefully be a better fix in an Az-Hakim (who also had speed but not very good hands) type role should he get on the field.

    For the Vikings I have to assume this was to fill the open punt return void and hope from an offense standpoint that he starts to click more akin to his TCU days. Not a terribly big investment, and probably has at least as much shot as a 4th/5th and/or 7th that we would have taken with those picks. From an Eagles standpoint, he wasn’t helping them and clearly wasn’t in an environment where he was striving. Hopefully a win-win for both teams, but we’ll see what happens.

  9. He’s glad he could unload their dead weight on our Vikings to give us the solid #1 WR we’ve been searching for.

  10. As Vikings fan I hope he can just be a solid punt returner. The compensation wasn’t much and with Jefferson, Theilen, Osborn, Cook and hopefully a healthy Irv Smith Jr. We don’t really need him be a primary playmaker on offense at the moment. If he can just focus on Punt returns and being a 4th WR maybe wecsn get our money’s worth. If he bombs out it’s just a 7th rounder and a 5th two years from now.

  11. We’ve seen it with many players in all sports. Some players are motivated by having a chip on their shoulder, (Brady, Rodgers, Jordan…) One could argue the situation could be reversed if Reagor and Jefferson would have been drafted by the other team. All players have different motivations, especially when they become instantly rich.
    JMHO, but I’d be confident with Aaron Donald playing WR for me. He might be doing a lot of blocking downfield in the run game with a few bubble screens, but I know I’m getting pure effort every play.

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