Reagor says he takes pride in being adaptable, noting that he's been learning the "X" receiver spot in coach Doug Pederson's offense, Daniel Gallen of PennLive.com reports.
Pederson said in June that Reagor would start off studying the Z spot behind DeSean Jackson, who is now healthy after missing 13 games last season. But that plan assumes the Eagles have good options for the X and slot roles, which doesn't really appear to be the case with Alshon Jeffery rehabbing from Lisfranc surgery and Marquise Goodwin opting out of the 2020 season. The Eagles may need Reagor in a top-three role out of the gate, and his 4.47 speed in a 206-pound frame hints at inside/outside versatility. The X role probably offers his best shot at immediate fantasy value, as Jackson figures to take most of the Z snaps, while the slot receiver (possibly Greg Ward) will frequently come off the field to make room for No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is also expected to compete for the X job, but he'll need to take a big step forward from last year to avoid being left in the dust by Philly's first-round pick.
Coach Doug Pederson suggested Reagor will learn the Z receiver spot behind DeSean Jackson, with potential to earn slot snaps early on, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The 21st overall pick may head to training camp as Jackson's backup, but there are a few different scenarios that could lead to a steady workload early in the season, even in an offense that figures to rank near the top of the league in usage of multi-TE formations. For starters, Jackson is 33 years old and has missed an average of 5.4 games the past five years, including four absences in 2018 and 13 more in 2019. Then there's the matter of 30-year-old Alshon Jeffery returning from a Lisfranc surgery he had in December, with no assurance of being ready for Week 1. Granted, Reagor does have some other competition for playing time, namely Greg Ward, Marquise Goodwin and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, plus Day 3 drat picks John Hightower and Quez Watkins.
The Eagles selected Reagor in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 21st overall.
Reagor (5-foot-11, 206 pounds) saw his hype cool off a bit after a slightly disappointing 40 time at the combine (4.47 seconds), which tells you something about just how fast the former TCU star looks on the field. A 4.47 at 206 pounds would normally be a point of praise, but Reagor was expected to run more like a 4.30-second 40. Still, Reagor's on-field speed is utterly convincing. His vertical (42 inches) and broad jump (138 inches) are better measures of Reagor's athleticism, and it looks like Philadelphia concluded as much. With the Eagles going to a two-tight end base offense, speed like Reagor's will force the safeties to lay off Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert a bit underneath. Reagor is a top dynasty league target, though in redraft leagues he'll face the challenging task of displacing Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.