Eagles ‘Magician’ Oozing Confidence, Not Watching ‘One other Man’s Journey’


Jalen Reagor


Eagles WR Jalen Reagor was the 21st general choose within the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jalen Reagor — the Eagles rookie phenom dubbed “The Magician” by former Professional Bowler Chad Johnson — hasn’t been capable of wave his wand and pull too many rabbits out of his helmet. Don’t fear, he’s nonetheless constructing belief and rising chemistry along with his quarterback. Reagor has needed to overcome two surprising accidents whereas coping with a slew of haters. Preserve the religion.

Reagor, who was chosen 21st general in April’s draft, was compelled to go away Eagles coaching camp on Aug. 30 after struggling a torn labrum. That harm was anticipated to sideline him for at the least 4 weeks however he expedited the timeline and performed Week 1. Then, Reagor injured his thumb on Sept. 20 and underwent surgical procedure to restore the ulnar collateral ligament. The 21-year-old was again forward of schedule as soon as once more, but all that missed apply time with Carson Wentz has taken its toll on one of many sport’s most promising younger pace receivers.

“I wasn’t on the market. I wasn’t capable of get these apply reps with Carson,” Reagor instructed reporters on Tuesday. “It’s what it’s. I wasn’t on the market in order that’s part of rising and getting chemistry and it doesn’t make it no higher as a result of I’m a rookie. he has to construct belief in me and get comfy with what I’m doing. Have a look at him and [Zach] Ertz, it’s chemistry.”

Please don’t learn Reagor’s feedback as an excuse, or give him a cross. He’s attempting to atone for that misplaced manufacturing each week. He tied a career-high for targets (7) in Week 10 whereas hauling in 4 balls for 44 yards. He has 12 receptions for 159 yards and one landing in 4 video games.

“I can’t make excuses,” Reagor mentioned. “At any time when my time is named, I’m going to make one of the best of it and I simply acquired to maintain climbing the mountain every day.”

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These Pesky Justin Jefferson Gained’t Go Away

Honest or not, the comparisons between Reagor and Justin Jefferson is perhaps right here to remain. The Vikings drafted Jefferson 22nd general, one choose after the Eagles took Reagor. Whereas Reagor has battled harm after harm, the LSU product has taken the NFL by storm.

Jefferson’s statistics and accolades are bordering on historic: fourth-most receiving yards per sport by a rookie (78.4), tops within the NFL in yards-per-route (3.23), most receiving yards in single protection by a rookie receiver (366), the second-highest-graded receiver in press protection (91.6) — and all this whereas rating seventh within the NFL in receiving yards (762) and fourth in yards-per-catch (18.1). Insane.

Look, Reagor didn’t select the place he was drafted. Blame Eagles GM Howie Roseman for (presumably) reaching. Once more, Reagor’s story is much from written and the accidents have accomplished him no favors.

“That’s the one particular person that folks deliver up so I don’t know,” Reagor mentioned when requested in regards to the Jefferson comparisons. “He hasn’t had quite a lot of accidents, I’ve. I can’t watch one other man’s journey. I simply acquired to be prepared to beat mine when the time comes. What’s life with out scars? It’s what it’s.”

However just a few Philly reporters wouldn’t let it go. Reagor maturely elaborated on a state of affairs he had no management over.

“That’s life. If y’all preserve bringing it up, I’m simply going to maintain giving you a similar solutions,” Reagor mentioned. “Y’all can preserve bringing it up. What else would you like me to do? I can’t go make these issues occur … when the time is gonna come, the time is gonna come — and if it’s meant to be, it’ll be.”

No Lack of Confidence for Reagor

The one factor Reagor has by no means lacked is confidence. He’s the son of an completed NFL starter in spite of everything — Montae Reagor racked up 17 sacks in 9 seasons — so no person ought to know the way to deal with adversity higher than the child from Waxahachie, Texas.

“Confidence is me regardless if I’ve a 1,000-yard rookie season or a 500-yard rookie 12 months,” Reagor mentioned. “I can solely management what I management. I’m going to eternally be assured.”


Reagor made a degree to say that he’s good pals with the guy receivers in his draft class. He texts Broncos rookie Jerry Jeudy after nearly each sport and needs to see all of them, together with Jefferson, succeed.

“I hope these guys preserve shining,” Reagor mentioned. “I do know most of them so I want one of the best to them, like I mentioned, I would like them to maintain ballin’”.

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