Eagles Could Use Jalen Reagor More in Slot in 2021
We got a small glimpse of what the 2021 Eagles might look like, as most veterans and rookies were out on the field on Tuesday for the teams organized team activities.
Many fans will be keeping a close eye on Eagles rookie first-round pick DeVonta Smith and 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor, who has a lot to prove after a injury filled rookie season.
"Having the coaches that love wide receivers. that's kind of like a dream," said Reagor. "There is energy around they built, the way those guys were from the day they got hired, they have had a lot communication. I love it, it has me in good spirits."
It will be interesting to see how the team uses Smith and Reagor together. Regor said on Tuesday that he will play both in the slot and the outside, moving all over the offense this year after catching just 31 passes for 396 yards and one touchdown as a rookie.
“I know what I have to be better at," Reagor said.
One area where Reagor needs to be better is catching the football. The 22-year old had drop issues at TCU and that carried over to the NFL last season, when he posted a 57-percent catch rate in his 11 games.
Using Reagor more in the slot, could help with his ability to catch the ball, and allow the team to use his speed in more open-space. Last season, he saw just 20.3 percent of his targets from the slot, catching seven passes for 33 yards in the slot his rookie season. With Greg Ward here, it will be interesting to see if the team uses Reagor more in the slot this season and if so, what that does to Ward's playing time.
Reagor hinted at a whole new system under new head coach Nick Sirianni, one that could emphasize the wide receivers, which could mean the second-year wide takes a big step forward in 2021.
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