Malik Cunningham’s roster spot goes to former first-round wide receiver
Earlier this week the New England Patriots opened up a roster spot with the surprise release of rookie quarterback/wide receiver Malik Cunningham. On Thursday morning, the team filled Cunningham’s spot on the active roster.
As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team has signed wide receiver Jalen Reagor from the practice squad to the active roster. Reagor, 24, was first signed to the Patriots’ practice squad after final roster cuts in late August.
This signing comes after Reagor played a rotational role for the Patriots each of the last two weeks as a practice squad elevation. After being on the field for 23 percent of the team’s offensive snaps two weeks ago against the Raiders, Reagor was on the field for 42 percent of the snaps this Sunday against the Bills. That included grabbing his first catch as a Patriot.
“Jalen’s come in, been a really good scout team player for us,” Bill Belichick said when asked about Reagor this week. “We’ve played against a lot of top receivers, and he’s gotten a lot of a good opportunities with some of the routes that those guys run to kind of be featured a little bit on some of the scout team plays. He’s earned some playing time, which has come from his practice time, practice performance. He’s picking up the offense, and we’ll see how it goes. He’s got good talent, good guy to work with, glad we have him.”
The Patriots are Reagor’s third NFL team in four years. A first-round pick in 2020, he spent his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings last year. He was in camp with the Vikings this summer before being released as a part of final roster cuts. In 47 career NFL games, Reagor has 73 catches for 810 yards and four touchdowns.
At 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, Reagor’s speed and athleticism made him a first-round pick coming out of Baylor. So far the Patriots have used him as an ‘X’ receiver, with most of his snaps last week coming as DeVante Parker’s workload was reduced.
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