This development means these players are now eligible to participate in Eagles training camp. The rookies are due to report to the NovaCare Complex tomorrow, July 21. It’s an exciting time for them as they embark on hopeful NFL careers.
Here’s a look at the projected contract details for each newcomer, via Over The Cap.
Reagor’s deal also contains a fifth-year option for 2024 that can be exercised in 2023.
Reagor is the only significant investment the Eagles made at the receiver position this offseason. As such, there’s pressure on him to make an immediate impact.
There’s reason to believe Reagor has legitimate star potential. The TCU product is a freak athlete who boasts big play ability. Reagor also really stands to benefit from improved quarterback play. It’s entirely possible he makes the Eagles look smart for taking him at No. 21.
It’s also possible that the Reagor pick won’t pay immediate dividends. Consider this historical perspective via The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia:
“Since 2015, 39 wide receivers have been selected in the first or second round. On average, those players have produced 459 receiving yards as rookies. Just three of the 39 (7.7 percent) — Michael Thomas, Amari Cooper and A.J. Brown — produced as an average No. 1 wide receiver. Ten of 39 (25.6 percent) produced as an average No. 2 wide receiver. This is not fancy math or a complex statistical model, but hopefully it gets the point across: It’s a lot harder to find a productive No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver who contributes immediately than most people think. Teams that are counting on finding a starting wide receiver in the draft are taking a big gamble.”
And none of those receivers had to deal with an offseason shortened by a pandemic.
Doug Pederson said the Eagles won’t be cross-training Reagor as much as they’ll be having him learn from Jackson at the Z receiver role. It remains to be seen how quickly Reagor will pick up the offense and where exactly he’ll be lining up as the season progresses.
Maybe Reagor will look like he belongs from the jump. That’d be great! Or maybe his college drop issues resurface as he struggles to contribute. Hard to know exactly what to expect from the 21-year-old rookie.
The Philadelphia Quarterback Factory shocked just about everyone by selecting Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. We’ve already questioned that decision at length but now that he’s here it’s time to focus on how he fits in.
Shortly after Hurts was drafted, there was talk about the Eagles using him in a “Taysom Hill [package] on steroids.” One source told NFL insider Mike Garafolo that Hurts “WILL be on the field” for the Eagles in 2020 and maybe even “as a straight running back.”
It’s just difficult to believe those reports will prove to be true. Hurts isn’t going to even have a typical offseason to get adjusted to the offense. Sources indicate the Eagles plan to keep things simple for their rookies and having Hurts learn gimmick roles in addition to the quarterback position just doesn’t seem realistic. This isn’t to say the Eagles will NEVER use Hurts in that role; he might be involved in some creative plays over the course of the entire season. It’s just not going to be a major part of the offense.
With Sudfeld ahead of him, Hurts is poised to enter the season as the Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback. He might very well be inactive on game day.
The Eagles selected Taylor at No. 103 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. It seems unlikely that the 21-year-old will be a meaningful contributor as a rookie. Taylor is already inexperienced to begin with and now he’s dealing with a shortened offseason as well. Taylor’s yet another one of those undersized but athletic linebackers that the Eagles cherish. His long-term potential is intriguing but he doesn’t figure to provide a lot of help as a short-term solution, save for special teams.
Wallace is easily one of the top two rookies that Eagles fans are more excited about. The Clemson alumnus already has the makings of being a fan favorite. It’s possible that Wallace could make an instant impact. He could push for the No. 3 safety job, though not having a real offseason works against him as he transitions to the NFL. Even if he doesn’t contribute much as a rookie, Wallace could eventually prove himself as Jenkins’ long-term replacement. He fits that mold in terms of his on-field skill set and his leadership experience. It’ll be fun to watch where Wallace lines up in camp.
Driscoll also has experience at guard and spent some of this year’s pre-draft process learning how to play center but the Eagles officially list him at tackle so here he is. Driscoll might be a more pro ready option at swing tackle than Mailata despite his lack of NFL experience. It’s also possible Driscoll gets to compete for the right guard opening. He could be an important depth piece as a rookie.
Hightower is on the older side for a rookie at 24 years old. This maturity could work in the 2020 fifth-round pick’s favor as he tries to push for a roster spot. The feeling here is that Hightower isn’t likely to see much offensive playing time but he could be the team’s primary kick returner since he has experience in that area.
Bradley was taken 93 picks after Taylor in this year’s draft but the former might actually be ready to see the field sooner. Bradley isn’t as athletic as his fellow rookie linebacker but he is a little bigger and more experienced. Bradley projects to be a backup assuming he earns a spot on the roster. The Temple alumnus will also have to help out on special teams.
Some feel the Eagles got a steal by landing Watkins in the sixth round. Maybe that’s true but he’s not even a lock to make the roster. I’m currently projecting the Eagles to keep Watkins around on the practice squad. His speed is intriguing, for sure, but the 21-year-old needs to add some strength and polish. Watkins isn’t bound to make much of an impact as a rookie.
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It’s unclear exactly where things stand with PTW’s medical situation that caused him to fall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Perhaps the Eagles try to stash him away as a rookie? Or maybe he’s healthy and he competes for a backup left tackle job? PTW’s long-term potential is intriguing.
The Eagles selected Toohill with the 233rd pick out of 255 selections made in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Stanford alumnus has his work cut out for him when it comes to trying to make the roster. He needs to add more strength to his frame, as his 14th percentile bench press numbers indicate. Toohill seems bound to be stashed away on injured reserve or the practice squad. Needs time to develop.