NFL draft 2020: Jalen Reagor says it's ‘surreal' to know he'll play with Carson Wentz


To say Jalen Reagor is excited to play with Carson Wentz would probably be a bit of an understatement. 

Shortly after the Eagles took the TCU receiver with the 21st pick, Reagor became animated on a conference call with reporters when asked for his impressions of the Eagles’ quarterback. 

I mean, it's Carson Wentz,” Reagor said. “I feel like his name speaks for itself. And just the fact that I get to be alongside those guys now. It's just a surreal feeling. Like, I watched Carson Wentz. I watched him play. I'm like, ‘Wow, this dude is amazing,’ and now he's my quarterback. So, it's just, like I said, a surreal feeling, and ultimately, it's a blessing.

It seems like Wentz is pretty excited too. 

Remember, Wentz finished last season with a bunch of replacement receivers and made it to the playoffs with them. Now, the Eagles got him a receiver to grow with for the next several seasons. 

And Reagor now has someone to get him the ball with a little more regularity. 

Last season, Reagor’s statistics took a noticeable nosedive. In 2018, Reagor caught 72 passes for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns. Last year, he still led the team in receiving but went for 43/611/5. 

It was pretty clear that a lot of his production drop-off could be attributed to subpar quarterback play from true freshman Max Duggan. In 2019, Duggan completed just 53.4 percent of his passes and his passing efficiency ranked 100th out of 109 quarterbacks at the FBS level. 

In fact, that poor quarterback play made it a little difficult to evaluate Reagor’s junior season. 

“I mean, it was just a learning experience,” Reagor said. “I feel like it just gave me a chance to show what type of real teammate, real person I am. I mean, it was tough, but it was something that I wouldn't make an excuse for. It was just something, you know, that's how the game goes sometimes. I feel like it made me a better player, a better person, a better teammate in the end.”

Reagor’s reward for going through that is getting to play with a former Pro Bowler and No. 2 overall pick in Wentz. 

No wonder he’s excited. 

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