Patriots add former first-round wide receiver to practice squad
When the New England Patriots built their initial practice squad, they noticeably left one spot open. On Thursday afternoon, they filled that spot with a former first-round pick.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have added wide receiver Jalen Reagor to their practice squad. Reagor was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
At 5-foot-11, 197 pounds Reagor is a plus athlete who is at the best with the ball in his hands after the catch. He’s leaned on those athletic traits through three NFL seasons, but has struggled to round out his game as a pro.
Reagor, 24, was a first-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020 out of TCU. Reagor was selected 21st overall, one pick before the Vikings took LSU’s Justin Jefferson.
While Jefferson has become arguably the best receiver in the league, Reagor put up modest numbers during his first two years in Philadelphia. In 28 games he caught 64 passes for 695 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to last season he was traded to the Vikings for fourth- and seventh-round picks. He played just 82 snaps over 17 games in 2022, catching eight passes for 104 yards and a score.
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This isn’t the first time the Patriots have taken a practice squad chance on a first-round wide receiver who came up short of expectations. They signed Corey Coleman to their practice squad in 2018, and did the same with Laquon Treadwell last year.
When it comes to actually appearing in a game for the Patriots, Reagor has plenty of depth ahead of him. The Patriots have five wide receivers on the active roster, and Tyquan Thornton will be eligible to come off of IR in Week 5.
With Reagor signed, the Patriots now have a full active roster and practice squad. If the team makes any further additions, they will need to come with a corresponding move.