5 Things to Know About New Vikings WR Jalen Reagor

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The Vikings have added a wide receiver and return specialist to their roster in Jalen Reagor.

Minnesota acquired Reagor from Philadelphia via trade, the team announced Wednesday.

In a corresponding move to keep the final roster count at 53, the Vikings waived receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

Reagor will join Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, KJ Osborn and Jalen Nailor in the Vikings wideout room.

Minnesota kept six receivers on its roster in 2021; in 2020, the Vikings kept seven, and the season prior they kept four.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings new receiver:

Reagor was originally drafted by the Eagles with the 21st overall pick in 2020. The former Texas Christian standout was tabbed by Philadelphia just one spot before the Vikings drafted Justin Jefferson 22nd overall.

In two seasons with the Eagles, Reagor recorded 62 catches for 676 yards and three touchdowns. He also served as the team’s primary punt returner in 2021, averaging 7.3 yards per return.

Reagor’s 227 total punt return yards last season ranked eighth most in the NFL.

Reagor is the third Horned Frog on Minnesota’s 2022 active roster, joining center/guard Austin Schlottmann and defensive lineman Ross Blacklock, whom the Vikings acquired Tuesday via trade.

TCU had three players drafted in the top 40 selections in 2020, and all have been on the Vikings roster: Blacklock, Reagor and cornerback Jeff Gladney, who tragically passed away in June in a car accident.

NFL football is in Reagor’s blood.

The receiver’s dad, Montae Reagor, is a former defensive tackle who played nine seasons in the NFL with the Broncos (1999-2002), Colts (2003-06) and Eagles (2007).

In 2006, Montae Reagor was involved in an auto accident on his way to the Colts game against Washington. He concluded a broken orbital bone and received 35 stitches in the back of his head.

Montae was placed on Injured Reserve, and that spring the Colts terminated his contract due to the severity of the injury. He went on to sign with the Eagles, however, and played seven games en route to receiving the Ed Block Courage Award.

4. Played for a former Lion

Reagor grew up in Waxahachie, Texas, where he starred at Waxahachie High School in both football and track and field.

The gifted athlete played for Head Coach Jon Kitna, who was an NFL quarterback from 1997-2011. Vikings fans will especially be familiar with Kitna’s 2006-08 seasons, during which he quarterbacked the division-rival Lions.

Under Kitna, Reagor posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons as a junior and senior.

As of Aug. 31, Reagor is one of nine players on Minnesota’s active roster who grew up in Texas.

He joins CB Akayleb Evans (McKinney, Texas), RB Kene Nwangwu (Frisco), CB Kris Boyd (Gilmer), Schlottmann (Brenham), G Ed Ingram (DeSoto), DL James Lynch (Round Rock) and OLB Danielle Hunter (Katy ).

Reagor’s hometown of Waxahachie is just 18 miles from Ingram’s.

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