Who is to blame for Jalen Reagor’s slow start? – NBC10 Philadelphia
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Growing concerns about Jalen Reagor, how the Eagles should attack the Chargers, Jalen Hurts Stats of the Week and much more in this week’s Roob Eagles Random Sightings!
1. Jalen Reagor has played eight straight games without a capture of at least 25 yards. He doesn’t even run on deep roads anymore. The idea seems to be this: try to get Reagor’s ball on high percentage throws and let him use his speed to get big yards after the catch. But it does not work. Reagor’s 8.3 average this year ranks 107e out of 108 receivers with at least 10 catches, ahead of only Dany Amendola, 36, of the Texans. Out of 259 WRs in Eagles history who have caught at least 20 assists in a season, that 8.3 ranks 257e – ahead of Greg Ward last year (7.9) and Josh Huff in 2016 (5.5). Of Reagor’s 20 captures this year, five have traveled a yard or less and only five have gone beyond 10 yards. He’s on pace for 350 yards in a 17-game season. Who is to blame for all of this? The game caller? The quarterback? Reagor himself? Sirianni can certainly do a better job trying to set up plays to get Reagor’s ball, and Hurts can always do a better job delivering the football to him. But this is mainly a Jalen Reagor problem. In the end, it’s up to him to start making games.
2. I wrote earlier this week how much better Boston Scott and Jordan Howard have been throughout their deep red zone careers than Miles Sanders. And it wasn’t a hit on Sanders, it’s just that different backs have different skills and excel in different situations. And in those situations on the goal line, where Sanders struggled, Scott and Howard’s skills make them very effective. They are both tough, straightforward runners with great vision and good balance. Then I started to wonder about the flip side. And in the rest of the domain? My hunch was that Sanders was one of the best running backs in the NFL between the 20s. So I calculated the numbers using Stathead’s game search engine, and here’s what I found. : outside The opposing red zone, Sanders has averaged 5.3 yards per carry in his career. Among 52 players with at least 200 litters since 2019, that’s 10e-better. It’s not as easy as giving the ball to Sanders in their 20s and Howard and Scott near the goal line. But it’s important for Sirianni to understand what all of his full backs do best and build on their strengths.
3. Odell Beckham Jr. is pretty much the last guy the Eagles need. It would cost too much and block young receivers who need reps. Plus, he’s only played 42 games in the past five years and hasn’t been in the top flight for a long time. And that doesn’t even enter into its lack of culture. This team has brought in far too many declining veterans over the years to make up for the lack of quality draft picks. The Eagles have some promising young WRs. They need to play. Not seated.
4. Travis Fulgham led the Eagles in reception last year. He’s been on the Dolphins’ practice squad since the Eagles pulled him off their practice squad a few weeks ago, and he’s had no hold this year. Which made me wonder who was the last player who led the Eagles to receive a year and who didn’t catch a pass the following year. The answer is Pete Retzlaff, who had a team record 653 receiving yards in 1966 at age 35, then retired after the season. Now you know.
5. He threw nasty interceptions, suffered bad losses, made questionable decisions. But nine games into the season, the Colts starting quarterback has produced some pretty interesting numbers: 63 percent completion, 17 touchdowns and 3 INTs, 244 yards per game and a 4-2 record since that time. start of 0-3. It didn’t look like the 2017 version of The CW but it certainly didn’t look like the 2020 version either. The most important thing for our purposes is that it played 597 of the 602 snaps. Based on the Colts who average 67 games, CW only needs 257 extra shots to turn this 2sd– round choice in a 1st– round choice. He should have it in four weeks. But beyond that, it’s been interesting to see how more effective it has been this year than it has been last year. Frank Reich deserves a ton of credit for helping turn a guy who looked like a lost cause under Doug Pederson into a really good NFL quarterback. Dude in Indy is on track for 32 touchdowns, 6 INTs and 4,100 passing yards. The only players to have done this in 16 games are Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. I know there is a part of the Eagles fans who refuse to give him any credit for anything. And I’m not a fan of the way he made his way out of here. But the reality is he has played really well, especially over the past six weeks when he got a higher passer rating than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson. I must give credit where credit is due.
6. The Chargers have the worst running defense in the NFL. They allow 160 rushing yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. They’ve allowed 185 rushing yards FOUR TIMES in their last six games and when they’ve been on the road they’ve allowed 166 rushing yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry. They just can’t stop the race. I think 35 to 40 wears Sunday. It’s a big test for Sirianni. What did he learn from the Lions game? Will he dial in the ground attack and use it to regain command of the line of scrimmage? It better. And if the first few races don’t work, stick to it. Do not abandon. Eventually it will work.
7. Jalen Hurts Stat of the Week: Remember what a problem the interceptions were for Hurts last year? With just four INTs in 256 attempts this year, Hurts has now thrown an INT every 51 attempts during his career. It’s the 14the-best interception percentage in NFL history (minimum 400 attempts). He averages one attempt every 64 attempts this year, which would be 4e-Best in Eagles history over a full season behind Nick Foles in 2013 (one INT every 159 attempts), Guy in Indy in 2019 (one every 87 attempts) and Donovan McNabb in 2007 (one every 68).
8. Isn’t it surprising that the Eagles have 13e in the NFL in scoring? It doesn’t hurt the average when you put 44, but every team has one somewhere along the line. I don’t feel like the Eagles have done anything well this year on offense – with the exception of the block – and they’re still averaging 25.4 points per game, way over the league average of 23.6. If they throw the ball 30 times per game, get DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins more involved, and figure out how to get Jalen Hurts to reduce his bad failures, that will be a legitimate offense.
9. More than half of the 63 Eagles who played at least one game during the Super Bowl championship season are now out of the league. Some 35 of the 63 are not currently on an NFL roster, training team or injury reserve. More than half of the starters are also out of the league (23 of 42). Only 10 of 63 are still with the Eagles, including three in IR.
ten. If it was my decision, I would start Marcus Epps rather than Anthony Harris.
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