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Jeremy Maclin's prediction for Jalen Reagor

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The one Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor reminds you of the most is Jeremy Maclin.

Similar build, although Maclin was slightly taller and Reagor is slightly bigger. Similar speed. Similar playmaking ability. Similar quiet, stoic approach.

And Maclin, an Eagles first-round wide receiver 11 years ago, understands what Reagor has gone through this year and expects big things in the future.

“He's going to be a tremendous talent,” Maclin said in an interview with the Eagles' official web site. “You can see what he does when he gets the ball in his hands. He's electric. He can return kicks, like he just showed against Green Bay. And he can get down the field. (Jalen) Hurts hit him with a nice deep ball down the sideline, as well.”

“It's just understanding, ‘Hey, you belong in there.’ And it will come. Right now, everybody's not on the same page. He just needs to understand that he can do it. And then once everybody gets on the right page and everything starts clicking, he'll be just fine. He's healthy, and now it's just all about continuing to get better each and every game.”

Maclin caught 56 passes for 773 yards as a rookie out of Missouri in 2009.

Reagor, who missed five games, has 20 catches for 256 yards and a touchdown along with that 73-yard punt return last week against the Packers.

"I was able to stay fairly healthy my rookie year, but I didn't start the season necessarily the way that I wanted to,” said Maclin, who retired after the 2017 season but still follows the Eagles closely. “I think I played 10 or 12 snaps my first game against Carolina, and I don't even think we ran a pass play when I was in there.

 

“So for me, it was all about patience. I thought that I was ready to come in and contribute and be a starter alongside of D-Jack. And they basically made me earn my way. I think as a rookie, independent of what situation you come into, you want everything to happen right away. And sometimes it doesn't happen that way.

“And sometimes that doesn't show up on the stat sheet. Sometimes you're going to catch eight balls for 130 and two touchdowns. Sometimes it's doing the little things to become a complete player. I think that's kind of the outlook that he needs to have and I would say that's how he's got to approach the remainder of the season.”

Reagor ranks 17th among rookies with his 256 yards, but along with his injuries he’s on a team with a struggling quarterback, a patchwork offensive line and a play caller who’s just been off.

It’s difficult to evaluate him considering that nothing else is going well on the Eagles offense right about now.

"You look around the league and you see Chase Claypool and Justin Jefferson having success, and you want Reagor to be in that category,” Maclin said. “But then those guys are in completely different situations. I don't think it's fair to judge anybody off of what's going on right now in 2020. I think that this offseason for him is going to be huge.”

The Eagles have had so many 1st-round receivers that haven’t panned out. From Kenny Jackson to Freddie Mitchell, Mike Bellamy to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Reggie Brown to Nelson Agholor.

So it’s almost natural to assume Reagor is going to be another disappointment. That’s just what happens around here.

But once in a while the Eagles get it right, and guys like DeSean Jackson and Maclin are proof of that. Hopefully, Reagor will join them on that very short list.