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Relationship between Jalen Reagor and WRs coach could pay off in long run


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Relationship between Jalen Reagor and WRs coach could pay off in long run


Nelson Agholor spent five years as a Philadelphia Eagle and had five different position coaches. While it would be unfair to blame Agholor’s shortcoming or up-and-down Eagles career on the instability at the receivers coach position, it certainly didn’t help. 


The Eagles can’t let that happen with Jalen Reagor. 

Back in April, the Eagles used the 21st pick on the explosive receiver out of TCU and will lean on new receivers coach Aaron Moorehead to squeeze every last ounce of potential out of the 21-year-old receiver. 

If anyone can get through to Reagor and coach him up, it ought to be Moorehead, who has known the rookie since Reagor was a little kid. Moorehead played with Reagor’s father, Montae, with the Colts in the early 2000s and then tried to recruit Reagor to Texas A&M out of high school. Moorehead and Montae Reagor became teammates in 2003, when Jalen was just 4 years old. 

I’ve always liked Jalen,” Moorehead said. "He’s a humble kid that understands it but also has the swag of a big-time receiver.

It’s a tough year to be a rookie, especially a rookie with high expectations. But that’s where Reagor finds himself in 2020. The Eagles used a 1st-round pick on him and they’re going to need him to contribute this season, whether that’s at one of the outside positions or in the slot. 

Right now, his over/under for receiving yards on Draft Kings is 650.5. The Eagles haven’t had a rookie receiver hit that number since Jordan Matthews in 2014. And it’s happened just three times in this century. 

So expectations for Reagor are high. 

At least he has the raw ability. And things have gone well so far. 

"He’s doing really well,” Moorehead said. "We’re learning the playbook over the last couple months and getting a chance to run through it the last few weeks. It’s been really good. He’s a powerful guy, he’s fast, he’s got good hands. And we’re doing stuff on air. This is what it’s supposed to look like. To say what things he needs to work on, we haven’t gone against a defense. But he’s doing a really good job of picking up the offense, learning and so far, so good with Jalen.”

Of course, the real test will begin on Monday. That’s when the Eagles will finally have their first padded practice of the summer and when real training camp begins. Then he’ll face guys like Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox and Sidney Jones and we’ll get a better sense of just how well things are really going. 

Moorehead realizes it is tough for players to have revolving door position coaches. If he’s able to stick around for a few years, it could definitely help Reagor’s development. The Eagles hope these two will be together more than one season. 

"He’s 21 years old; he’s still just figuring this thing out,” Moorehead said. "Excited for what he’s done so far and excited to see him grow throughout this year. For the last few weeks, he’s really starting to put things together and it’s a good thing. And it’s only going to keep getting better.”


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