Eagles rookie Jalen Reagor is entering the 2020 NFL season with a shoulder injury but it sounds like he might only miss one game. John Clark recently shared an encouraging update on the 2020 first-round pick’s status:
I'm told Jalen Reagor is doing very well in his rehab— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 7, 2020
I’m told there is big hope he will be able to play in second game
Very good progress for the rookie WR who looked great in camp pic.twitter.com/eCyQpeNxie
This report falls in lines with the Eagles’ actions; they did not put him on injured reserve to start the season. Doing so would have forced him to miss at least three games. Instead, it looks like the Eagles will have Reagor back in time for when they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2.
Reagor’s debut figures to be exciting. The 21-year-old is explosive and he looked good in training camp. Reagor is bound to get playing time with the first team offense in addition to potentially returning punt and/or kicks on special teams.
Reagor missing Week 1 leaves the Eagles with only four healthy receivers since Alshon Jeffery (still recovering from Lisfranc injury) and Quez Watkins (placed on injured reserve) are going to be unavailable against Washington Football Team. The healthy guys include: DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, and John Hightower. The Eagles could also use the NFL’s new practice squad rules to call up Deontay Burnett without having to open up a roster spot.
Reagor and JJAW were splitting first team reps at the X position in camp so we could see a similar setup when he returns. The Eagles are counting on their rookie to make an immediate impact in 2020.