Eagles fans have been waiting all season to see what first-round draft pick Jalen Reagor can add to the team. He was able to put together his most productive game in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers, catching a 34-yard deep ball from Jalen Hurts as well as returning a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Those flashy plays were exciting to see, but with full game film available for review via NFL GamePass, there was also one play in the game where Reagor immensely hampered the offense.
With Hurts in at quarterback, the call was for an RPO with Greg Ward crossing over the center of the field as the intended target. Reagor was supposed to use his 4.47 40 yard dash speed to draw the outside cornerback with him. Instead, Reagor jogs throughout the route and doesn't make the cornerback follow him enough to create an open window for Hurts to find Ward. The play resulted in Hurts running back to the line of scrimmage.
If Reagor gives full effort throughout the play the entire, there are two positive outcomes that could have happened:
1) Hurts probably hits Ward for a gain of 15+ yards and the offense gets into the redzone.
2) Reagor is open enough for Hurts to try to adjust himself and throw a deep ball toward him into the endzone.
It's frustrating to see the effort now fully there with Reagor, especially with Justin Jefferson and CeeDee Lamb playing at Pro Bowl levels in their rookie seasons. We saw the talent he posses on the field last Sunday, but if he also continues half-assing while running his routes it's going to damage his reputation and potentially damage the perception fans and media have on whoever is trying to throw the ball to open receivers in this offense.