It hasn’t been an easy few weeks for Jalen Reagor.
But his coaches and teammates have made it a lot easier.
Reagor, the Eagles’ first-round draft pick last year, is back practicing fully at training camp, but he’s been through a lot both emotionally and physically.
After practice on Tuesday, he spoke for the first time about the tragic death of one of his closest childhood friends, an incident that affected his ability to prepare for camp and ultimately led to him failing his conditioning test.
“[He] was like a little brother to me,” Reagor said. “It was hard to deal with, and Saturday was his funeral, and I wasn’t able to be there. It’s hard to deal with, but from a mental standpoint, I’m doing way better.”
One of the reasons he’s doing better is the support system he has at the NovaCare Complex.
Head coach Nick Sirianni spoke on Saturday about how important it was for the Eagles to focus on support for the 22-year-old Reagor instead of discipline considering the circumstances.
Especially after having to leave his comfort zone of friends and family back home in Texas to return to Philly.
“This is like where I can get away,” he said. “Because you go home, you have family checking on you and asking, ‘Are you OK?’ And then I go in the locker room and I have seven of my teammates checking on me. But they’re also making…