Jalen Reagor makes quick return to Philadelphia, as a Viking

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Thirty-two years after the Eagles gave up on a high-profile receiver who’d resurrect his career, and then some, in Minnesota, it’s happening again. Jalen Reagor, however, has a long way to go to get to the level of Cris Carter.

Still, like Carter in his first year with the Vikings, Reagor gets a chance to return to Philadelphia, coincidentally on a Monday night.

Does Reagor have thoughts of revenge against the team that traded him away after two seasons?

Of course, why not?” Reagor said Thursday, via Chris Thomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “But I’m not going to go into the game pressing. Just going to let the game come to me. Whatever plays I make, make the best of them.”

Reagor isn’t sure what to expect from the fans. On one hand, it’s not as if he forced his way out. On the other hand, you know, it’s Philly. (And we love it.)

“Who knows?” Reagor said. “It could be good, bad, indifferent. Those things I really don’t worry about because it’s out of my control.”

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni can relate to Reagor’s desire to give the Eagles the business.

“Any time we play a team that I used to coach on, I’m like, ‘Hey, let’s go. I love those guys over there, but I really want to get the best of them because it’s just a continuation of all the times I used to go against them in practice,'” Sirianni told reporters on Saturday. “I think that’s a normal reaction for anybody to have that is coming back to play at their old place. I just think that’s normal. Like I said, I go through it as well.”

When Carter went through it for his first game against the Eagles, Carter caught six passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. (The Vikings lost the game, 32-24.)

Don’t expect Reagor to match Carter’s production. Reagor had zero offensive snaps last week. He was on the field for four special-teams plays. He returned one punt for seven yards, and he had two fair catches.

9 responses to “Jalen Reagor makes quick return to Philadelphia, as a Viking

  1. He “isn’t sure what to expect from the fans,” eh? Why, the Philly fans will give him a warm round of applause, naturally!
    I can remember some Viking fans, after decades of running down the fans in Green Bay, returning home in shock after what happened to them at a playoff game in Philadelphia.

  2. “ Reagor isn’t sure what to expect from the fans. On one hand, it’s not as if he forced his way out. On the other hand, you know, it’s Philly. (And we love it.)”

    And on the third hand, he absolutely stunk while he was an Eagle, and hardly ever was worthy of applause when the ball did come his way.

    Any fan base, not just Eagles fans, would boo a first round pick if he performed the way Reagor did when he was in Philly.

    But yeah, let’s just pin the boos on how irrationally tough and unforgiving Eagles fans are. Let’s beat that dead horse some more, why don’t we?

  3. They’ll only get a chance to boo him if they punt. Come to think of it, I hope they boo the heck out of him all day. . . . . .

  4. What will the reaction be? Nothing. Indifference. He’s a bust. No one in Philly. Cares about him. One way or the other.

  5. On one of his punt returns last week, at an important moment in the game, he made a sweet juke on a defender and squeezed out an extra couple of yards. This was not a huge deal but it was a significant deal — it energized the crowd and maybe the whole team.

  6. It would be fun if Reagor turns into Jefferson’s sidekick. Those games against the Eagles would be all about the “the one they passed on and the one they gave up on” story line

  7. I mean, he’s a punt returner and 4th receiver. Unless he fumbles a punt or returns one for a td I highly doubt anybody notices he back in Philly.

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