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Eagles urged to trade ‘Mess’ WR for Jaguar’s top pick

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Jalen Hurts finally has some legitimate weapons highlighted by a dangerous starting tandem of AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. The Philadelphia Eagles could make a lot of noise in 2022.

Still, there are areas for improvement that could be addressed via trade or free agency. And while the Eagles have publicly expressed disappointment with Jalen Reagor, they remain committed to the 2020 first-rounder who may still be out. It’s no secret that General Manager Howie Roseman is always looking for talent.

An interesting name to watch is Leviska Shenault of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn’t exactly live up to expectations after entering the second round (42nd overall) of the 2020 draft. The 6-foot-1, 227-pounder has 121 receptions for 1,219 yards in 30 career games.

Not too shabby, right? Especially compared to Reagor: 64 catches for 695 yards in 28 games.

Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine sees trade between Jacksonville and Philadelphia emerging. Both guys might want a change of scenery. Remember that Jacksonville went shopping at the receiver place in the free hand. Shenault’s role could decline dramatically in 2022.

Meanwhile, Reagor is just trying to stay on the roster in Philly. Here’s how a trade via Ballentine could benefit both teams:

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Reagor caused quite a stir during the 2022 NFL draft when he stripped his social media of all Eagles references. Some saw this as a sign that he had asked Philly for a deal.

Roseman was asked to comment on Reagor’s status on April 30 and reiterated that he expects to report for training camp.

“Jalen Reagor is a Philadelphia Eagle and he’s going to be here,” Roseman said. “We want to have good players in this room and good players on this team. He’s worked tremendously hard to get in shape and get into this off-season program and now he has a chance. We don’t expect anything to change.”

The draft day trade for AJ Brown set off fireworks in Philly. The Eagles finally have a true #1 receiver, maybe two of them with the looks of first-year DeVonta Smith.

Anyway, head coach Nick Sirianni was beaming after a hectic offseason of maneuvers. He sounded really excited to unleash Brown on the NFC East.

“I think you guys at AJ saw how excited we are about this. We saw this Thursday night,” Sirianni said on April 30. “He’s just going back to what I said – speed, power and captures everything and he’s done that at a very high level for the past three years. And you couldn’t be happier there.”

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