Jalen Reagor Fuels Trade Speculation After Eagles GM Defends Him

Jalen Reagor

Getty Eagles WR Jalen Reagor is dealing with a thumb injury, on top of the torn labrum he suffered in camp.

The writing was already on the wall for Jalen Reagor. Now it appears those tiny pencil sketches have turned into massive brush strokes. Reagor wiped all his social media accounts clean following the Philadelphia Eagles’ blockbuster trade for A.J. Brown. The assumption is that the third-year receiver won’t have much of a role in 2022.

Reagor deleted all his Twitter and Instagram posts (h/t to Eagles Nest Blog) on Friday seemingly as a show of frustration. His snaps are directly affected by Brown’s arrival and speculation has been running rampant about the Eagles trading Reagor.

Multiple reports had surfaced indicating that Philly was listening to offers, possibly with an impending move set to shake up Day 3 of the NFL draft. Reagor’s social media activity only intensified that speculation.

Reagor — the 21st overall pick from the 2020 draft — has largely been a disappointment for the Eagles. He has 64 career receptions for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns on 111 targets. The 23-year-old did deal with some injury issues early on while missing five games during his rookie year.

However, Reagor has been unable to seize the opportunity when given meaningful snaps. He entered the 2021 campaign as a starter, only to turn in a trying season filled with costly drops and fumbles.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman brought up Reagor’s name unprompted on April 20 during pre-draft media availability. His comments were interesting as he seemed to defend Reagor’s struggles.

“I would say with Jalen [Reagor], obviously I know he gets a lot of attention in this city and I know he’s working his butt off,” Roseman said, “And when you look back — we were having this conversation this morning with our strength and conditioning staff — that was a hard year for some guys because you had COVID, you didn’t have an off-season program, and so sometimes the book isn’t necessarily written on all those guys.”

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