The New England Patriots made a move to add a practice squad wide receiver to the Week 2 roster. Jalen Reagor joins an already shaky wide receiver situation. Head coach Bill Belichick needed all the help he can get and trying Reagor may be a sign of an underlying construction.
Reagor is not the only player to step on the field. Linebacker Calvin Munson got the same chance.
Reagor has enough talent to support any team which is why the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of TCU. In his sophomore season, Reagor leaped the 1,000-yard mark in 13 games.
The Eagles didn’t get the best of Reagor in his first season with the team. He was treating a torn ligament in his thumb and had to undergo a surgery. This injury kept him out of the football field for five games. Things didn’t get any better in year 2. Reagor saw action in all 17 games but dropped passes and had 2 fumbles.
Philadelphia sent the wide receiver to the Minnesota Vikings. The new environment didn’t help Reagor solve his fumbling issues. The Vikings used him as a WR and a return man and he fumbled four times.
“Jalen Reagor muffed it where he should have called fair catch, and the Vikings held onto it,” Vikings Paul Allen said of one particular play. “That’s so freaking unacceptable, that’s unbelievable he just did that.”
Reagor didn’t survive the final roster cuts and Belichick was happy to give him a chance.
Patriots have plans for the receiver following Week 2
The Patriots head coach used Reagor at the right time. DeVante Paker struggles with knee issues and Juju Smith-Schuster remained on the bench in the final drive against Philadelphia.
Is he dealing with a specific health issue? Andrew Callahan from the Boston Herald has more on his situation with the Patriots.
“Smith-Schuster will get his chance to sink or swim. The problem is his increasingly shaky standing on the depth chart. Multiple team sources believe Smith-Schuster is not presently among the team’s five most effective pass-catchers. According to those same sources, his place in the offense has been complicated by a variety of factors.”