3 Reasons Quez Watkins, John Hightower could make Eagles roster
3. Injuries and that desire for speed, speed, and more speed.
Two words that have probably been said more than any other around the Novacare Complex, on social media by the fans, and in those media circles are “injuries” and “speed”.
Philly doesn’t want anything else to do with that first word. They’re just salivating about the possibility of adding the latter.
Let’s take some inventory. Jackson and Goodwin are fast, but they get hurt a lot. Gibson is fast, but he can’t play. He’s had every shot to seize his opportunity, and he hasn’t. Arcega-Whiteside isn’t fast, and we don’t know if he can play. Ward has done everything the Eagles have asked of him, but even though he’s earned a roster spot and it seems wrong to cut him at this point, that doesn’t guarantee him anything for 2020.
Burnett, Davis, and Green are longshots, but they are probably higher on the depth chart than Bailey, Tate, Hightower, and Watkins. Those last four guys are rookies, but they all possess one thing this franchise has been starving for. Yes, there’s that “speed” word again.
The question now is can Hightower and Watkins play? By the looks of things, we can state that there’s a ton of talent Philly’s brought in with both of their selections.
Are they longshots? Absolutely they are, but if we can state that DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor will make the roster, which they will, and we don’t know what will happen with JJ, Alshon, and Greg Ward, something comes into focus.
Hightower and Watkins have just as much a chance of making this roster as any of the other ten guys they’re battling. Let’s hope there’s a training camp because if there is, this battle at wide receiver will be one of the most talked-about things of the Eagles preseason.