A 7 days eradicated from failing a conditioning examination and starting up training camp partially sidelined, Jalen Reagor claimed he’s in a better position.
The Eagles’ 2020 initial-round decide on experienced to cope with the murder of a childhood pal and there were being worries about his bodily and mental point out going into education camp. Reagor started out camp constrained with “lower-physique tightness,” as a end result of his lack of conditioning, sitting down out crew drills for the first extend of methods.
Reagor returned as a full participant this week and tackled his rocky commence to the new time all through a Tuesday news conference.
“I just enjoy coach [Nick Sirianni] holding me accountable for all the things going on,” The 22-year-old claimed. “That’s all in the earlier. I’m just searching ahead to the potential, I’m out on the field now, so that’s what I’m really significantly centered on.”
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Reagor claimed it is been complicated coming to grips with the death of a pal, who he’s named “Glizzy” on social media, but emphasized the beneficial impact returning to the area has experienced for his mental wellness.
“That was like a minor brother to me,” Reagor explained. “It was difficult to deal with and then, you know, Saturday was his funeral. I was not equipped to be there. It’s difficult to offer with, but in a mental state, I’m accomplishing way better. …
“This is like where by I can get away. You go home, you have spouse and children checking on you and asking if you are Ok. Then I go in the locker room and I have 7 of my teammates checking on me, but they’re also creating sure I’m in great spirits. It’s helpful, with the head coach performing the similar detail. That’s major.”
This will be a pivotal calendar year for Reagor, who experienced an up-and-down rookie season in which he caught 31 passes for 396 yards and a person touchdown after staying taken 21st in last year’s NFL draft, one particular pick forward of Vikings’ Professional Bowl receiver Justin Jefferson. He was expected to insert an explosive risk to an offense that lacked chunk plays, but battled as a result of accidents and by no means carved out a described function outdoors of an occasional gadget guy.
Even even though Reagor skipped some worthwhile reps at the start of camp, Sirianni claimed he wasn’t worried about the previous TCU standout final 7 days.
“We definitely want all our guys out there just about every one day,” Sirianni reported. “Jalen experienced to go by way of some things that I simply cannot even picture heading by way of that he had to deal with, so I know that mentally, he has to get himself in a [good] place. So, I’m not anxious.”
Reagor’s return to staff drills on Monday coincided with rookie DeVonta Smith’s departure with a sprained MCL, so the pair of very first-round receivers will have to wait around a couple months in advance of sharing the subject in an 11-on-11 placing.
1 of Reagor’s brightest times so much came previous 7 days when he beat Darius Slay in receiver-corner one-on-ones. In Smith’s absence, Reagor’s largely worked with the to start with-team offense apart from a several reps. He’s been joined by Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, and Quez Watkins. Watkins has put together consecutive extraordinary techniques, building a handful of emphasize plays in each of the previous two times.
“I’ve been incredibly pleased with the whole group,” Sirianni mentioned Tuesday. “I consider [passing-game coordinator] Kevin Patullo keeps coming up to me and he keeps expressing, ‘We did not have this pace in Indy.’ He’s like, ‘And we confident as heck did not have it suitable away.’ We’re seeing that we’ve got some men that can seriously operate, so I’m definitely psyched about that.”