Howie Roseman explains why Jalen Reagor made the Eagles’ 2022 roster

Howie Roseman explains why Jalen Reagor made the Eagles’ 2022 roster

If Howie Roseman cannot commerce you, no person can.

And that, in a nutshell, is why Jalen Reagor remains to be an Eagle.

Nobody is extra nimble and artistic in engineering than Roseman, who has made 106 trades since changing into the Eagles GM in 2010.

He would have cherished #107 to be Reagor for something or anybody wherever, however he simply could not do it. It seems that Reagor has little or no industrial worth. Who might have imagined it?

So Reagor, the Eagles’ 2020 first-round choose, is staying in Philadelphia, a minimum of for now.

It wasn’t a shock that Reagor survived the ultimate cuts, however Devon Allen, Deon Cain and Britain Covey every made a roster push to various levels, and Cain specifically dramatically outperformed Reagor as a receiver all through camp.

Everyone knows how unproductive Reagor has been his first two seasons within the NFL. So why is he nonetheless right here?

“I simply felt like he performed this summer time and it began from the start, from Day 1 of coaching camp, and it continued all through the practices that we had,” Nick Sirianni stated Tuesday after the ultimate cuts.

“You’ll be able to undoubtedly see the explosion – he is by no means misplaced it, has he? He is bought this burst in his physique and he makes use of it to separate from the protection.”

Extra: An in depth breakdown of the Eagles’ 53-man roster

Reagor caught a couple of deep balls in follow, however he additionally performed 65 snaps within the three preseason video games, because the Eagles had been clearly that includes him, and had 5 catches for 43 yards.

“I simply thought he had a great camp and he made performs and he was extra constant this 12 months all through coaching camp,” Sirianni stated.

Though he’s getting into his third season, Reagor is definitely the youngest receiver on the crew.

He’s youthful than Allen and Covey — who had been the oldest undrafted rookies — and three years youthful than Cain. He is even 49 days youthful than DeVonta Smith, final 12 months’s first-round choose.

This isn’t a motive to maintain it, however it’s fascinating to notice.

“I feel once you take a look at Jalen, one of many issues one in all our scouts advised me (Tuesday) is that he was one of many solely guys that practiced on daily basis,” Roseman stated. “The boy introduced it on daily basis. He labored at his craft. He had a fantastic perspective, nice power. Clearly, he’s a proficient man. He’s 23 years outdated.”

A refresher on Reagor’s profession to this point:

He has 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns in 28 video games and 24 begins in two seasons for the reason that Eagles made him the twenty first choose within the 2020 draft.

His profession common of 24.8 yards per recreation is the third lowest since 1970 by an Eagles broad receiver with a minimum of 20 begins (forward of Greg Lewis and Kenny Jackson).

Of the 70 NFL broad receivers drafted within the first spherical since 1970 who began a minimum of 20 video games of their first two seasons, solely three had fewer yards. Solely seven caught fewer passes. Solely 4 had fewer TDs.

He has by no means had 60 yards in a recreation. Darnell Autry, Chad Corridor, Na Brown, Reno Mahe, Billy McMullen and Paul Turner all had 60 yards in a recreation for the Eagles a minimum of as soon as.

However after taking part in 511 offensive snaps as a rookie and 750 final 12 months, Reagor would not appear to have a transparent function on offense as of late. With Smith, AJ Brown, Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal forward of him, it is arduous to think about Reagor getting on the sector a lot.

He returned 31 punts final 12 months, however his 7.3 common ranked twentieth of 24 qualifying returns (one return per recreation). He had a 73-yard TD in opposition to the Packers as a rookie. With Covey and Greg Ward out on Injured Reserve, Kenny Gainwell and Watkins are in all probability the Eagles’ finest return choices proper now.

If the Eagles had launched Reagor, he would have counted $2.4 million in lifeless cash. I requested Roseman if that was a think about preserving him.

He did not say no.

“We’ll do no matter we expect is in one of the best curiosity of the crew,” Roseman stated. “And we felt like there was little doubt in our thoughts that he deserved a job on this crew.”

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