Eagles have now moved on from Jalen Reagor, but was it wise?

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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor (18) runs with the ball while Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (35) blocks during the first quarter of a regular season NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions on October 31, 2021 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles have made a bold decision to move on from their former first-round pick, Jalen Reagor. On Wednesday, the team announced that they traded Jalen Reagor to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2023 7th-round pick and a 2024 conditional 4th-round pick that could turn into a 5th-round pick if certain statistics are not met.

Smart move by the Eagles?

We all know just how tough it has been for Reagor to get himself acclimated to the NFL. It still confuses people that the team chose to draft him over Justin Jefferson. It seemed as if Howie has finally realized that it tools true collaborative efforts to make a complete roster and make the right pick.

The Jalen Reagor pick was another odd move by the team as in the year prior they drafted JJ Arcega-Whiteside over D.K. Metcalf. This season they chose to move on from JJAW and they traded him to the Seattle Seahawks, the same team that Metcalf is on. Unfortunately, JJAW was cut from the team.

Now the Eagles have moved Reagor to the team that has the player that he’s been compared to so often. As the Vikings are hoping to see a dynamic receiving corps with the duo of Reagor and Jefferson taking the spotlight.

What’s the next move?

The trade now leaves the Eagles with four wide receivers on their initial 53-man roster. While they can go ahead and add Covey, Cain, or Allen to the 53, it seems odd that they added them to the practice squad instead. There’s not a chance that the team moves into the season with four receivers. 

It could be expected that they added another veteran to the group. Who that is? Not a clue which is the bigger concern. It seems that the amount of time that it took for the team to trade Reagor has delayed their ability to load up the receiving group. Deon Cain makes a ton of sense to be the 5th guy but then there’s also the concern of not having a punt returner/kick returner for special teams.

Would the team choose to go with Quez Watkins and take the risk of him possibly being injured during those plays? Or will they use a key roster spot on Britain Covey or Devon Allen so they can have that specific role?

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire