Eagles react to Jalen Reagor’s trade to the Vikings

After watching the first two years of Jalen Regor’s career, it’s hard to imagine him living up to expectations as a first-round pick.

This is definitely not going to happen here.

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

Things changed for Rigg on Wednesday, when general manager Howie Rothman shipped a 2020 first-round pick from TCU to Minnesota in exchange for a pair of Day 3 picks before practice.

“I’m happy for him,” Smith said. “It’s a new beginning for him. Get out there, I hope he can do his thing.”

In return for Reagor, the Eagles received a 7th-round pick in 2023 and a 4th-round pick in 2024, “which becomes a 5th-round pick if certain statistical metrics are not met.”

Heck, it feels like the wording of the deal has disappointed Reagor in his next city.

He will be remembered as an underperforming first-round pick in Philadelphia, where the Hawks took on perennial Pro bowler Justin Jefferson, who was later selected with the 22nd overall pick. The infamous video of Vikings management celebrating the Eagles’ blunder didn’t help, nor did Jefferson’s immediate success. Although Regor has always said publicly that Jefferson’s rise has not affected him, it does seem possible.

Reagor isn’t fooled by anyone now that he’s joining Jefferson in Minnesota.

The Hawks are going against conventional draft wisdom in 2020 because they love his explosiveness. From then on, the pick was doomed.

Reagor had to face those expectations and the reality that he didn’t live up to them.

“It wasn’t too fun for Reagor. He had a rough time,” Dallas Goldett said. “No matter what happens, shoot in the media. But he’s a guy who always works with his head down. I’ve always respected him. He never really complained. He just came here to get better. He tried I have a lot of respect for Reag, he’s a good friend of mine.”

In his two seasons in Philly, Rigo played a major role, and his work didn’t quite match it. He completed 64 passes for 695 yards and 3 touchdowns in 28 games (24 starts) and never had more than 57 yards passing in any single game.

Reagor even struggled with the return game. Last year, he ranked 17th in the NFL in punt return rate (7.3) among eligible players and 27th in the NFL in punt return rate (21.3) among players with at least 10 attempts.

Rigg really hurts the Hawks more in 2021 than he helps them.

The greater the pressure, the more Rigor hears, the more he sometimes lashes out on social media or digs deeper into his game.

Rigo, who has started the past two seasons, was the No. 2 overall pick last season even after the Hawks selected Smith with the 10th overall pick in 2021. So he went from being the second choice early last year to being the victim a year later. This shows you how good the Eagles’ receiving room is right now.

On Wednesday, Regor got word about the trade at the NovaCare Complex before practice, and he was gone.

For the most part, Rigo’s former teammates seemed happy that he could continue his career elsewhere.

“It was a new beginning for him, new things,” Darius Sly said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he does. I just don’t need him to be good in Week 2 (when the Eagles host the Vikings). He’ll probably be good every other week after that though.”

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