Eagles react to Jalen Rieger trade to Vikings

After watching the first two years of Jalen Reagor’s career, it’s hard to imagine him becoming a first-round draft pick.

There was absolutely nothing that could have happened here.

“I think some people need a change of pace,” Devonta Smith said.

Reagor changed things on Wednesday. Before practice, his general manager Howie Roseman sent his 2020 first-round pick from his TCU to Minnesota State as his two third-day picks.

“I’m happy with him,” said Smith. “A new start for him. Go there, I hope he does his thing.”

In exchange for the leaguers, the Eagles got a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a fourth-round pick in 2024.

Oh my god, the wording of the deal feels like I’ve already set up the Reagor for my next city disappointment.

In Philadelphia, he will be remembered for the underperforming first-round pick that the Eagles acquired veteran professional bowler Justin Jefferson, who was the 22nd overall pick. The problem persisted, as did Jefferson’s immediate success. Reagor has always publicly claimed that Jefferson’s rise didn’t affect him, but it seems likely that it did.

It’s clear to everyone that Reagor is now joining Jefferson, Minnesota.

The Eagles have shattered conventional drafting wisdom in 2020 as they love the explosive power of Leaguers. From that point on, the pick was doomed to failure.

Reagor has had to deal with those expectations and the reality that he has not lived up to them.

“It wasn’t very fun for Reagor. He was tough,” said Dallas Gordart. “Whatever happened, shoot all over the media. But he was one person who always kept his head down and worked. “He was just here to get better. He tried. I had so much respect for Rhaeger. He was my best friend.”

In his two seasons in Philadelphia, Reagor played a major role, but his work was no match for it. He caught his 64 passes for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns in his 28 games (24 starts) and never exceeded 57 yards in an individual game.

Regal struggled even in the return game. Last year, he was the most eligible player to punt in return average (7.3) and he ranked 17th in the NFL and kicks in return average (21.3). Among them he was ranked 27th in the NFL.

Rieger really hurt the Eagles more than it helped them in 2021.

And the more pressure increased, the more Rieger heard about it, sometimes lashing out on social media and burrowing deeper into play.

Lieger has been a starter in each of the last two seasons, and even after the Eagles draft Smith with the 10th overall pick in 2021, Lieger was still No. 2 last season. So, he went from being their second choice early last year to an expendable one year later, which shows just how good the Eagles’ receiver room is right now.

Reagor received news of the trade while at the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday before practice and has since disappeared.

For the most part, Reagor’s former teammates seemed happy to see him continue his career elsewhere.

“It’s a new start for him, a new thing,” said Darius Sorey. “I can’t wait to see what he does. He doesn’t have to be good in week two[when the Eagles host the Vikings]but he could be good every other week after that.”

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