Jalen Mills impressed by how 'explosive' Raegor is

Jack Keffer
August 18, 2020 - 11:03 am

The first day of Eagles training camp is in the books and players finally got a chance to suit up in pads and take the field. Much of the buzz centered around the rookie wide reciever Jalen Raegor, who impressed media members and players alike.

"His first step is really explosive," said Eagles safety Jalen Mills during an interview with Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Show on Tuesday. "He's a guy in the secondary that is hard to cover because you never know where the guy is going to go just because his first step."

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Raegor was selected by the Eagles in the first round of this years draft and is expected to take on a variety of roles within the office, including returning punts. For Mills, he was impressed with his ability getting off the line and hauling in passes:

"You have to honor it. He's catching everything man. That's really good to see especially from a rookie, regardless if he's a first round pick or not. A rookie going against veteran guys, competing with you each and every play, that's really promising to see."

Taking Mills place at cornerback is newly acquired Darius Slay. Slay boosts the defense pass coverage significantly from years past, confirmed by the fact that Jim Schwartz will have Slay regularly match-up against an opponents top wide reciever option. Rasul Douglas, Syndey Jones, and Avonte Maddox will fill the other corner slot opposite Slay. Mills spoke about how Slay has integrated into the team and how important his presence is:

"He's a guy who is coming in with full confidence not only in himself but you can tell he trust the team and his teammates out there on the field. He's a guy who can go out there and take care of the number one guy and get the job done, you don't have to think twice about it. That's where it starts, attitude. You have to be able to line up, not be scared and compete every single play."

Mills is entering his fifth season with the Eagles and spent the last four seasons as a cornerback. This year though, the Texas native will try and fill Malcolm Jenkin's shoes at safety. Monday's practice was Mills first live reps at his new position, and he spoke about the transition and the learning curve:

"The biggest thing is communication. Being able to get the call and communicating that to the linebacker, the far cornerback and even the defensive lineman. If they can get the call, being able to line everyone up in certain calls and certain formations, I think that's the biggest thing when transitioning from corner to safety."