For the Philadelphia Eagles, might three wideouts on the practice squad seem like a stretch?
Khalil Tate, who threw for 6,318 yards and 57 touchdowns and ran for 18 more in 40 career games with the Arizona Wildcats, will now try and earn his spot in the NFL as a wide receiver a la Greg Ward. His spot on the practice squad may hinge on two things.
One, how much time will Alshon Jeffery miss to start the season if he, indeed, begins 2020’s campaign on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, and second, will Quez Watkins or John Hightower perform to a level where they actually end up on the active roster?
If you saw the Day 3 broadcast of the 2020 NFL Draft on ESPN, Quez Watkins was described as a “speed boat pulling away from canoes”. Whether he earns a spot on the 53-man roster or not, he’s definitely someone that the Eagles may want to stick on their practice squad and continue to work with. If he’s allowed to develop, he could be special.
By now, reality should have sunk in as it relates to Alshon Jeffery’s status with the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s too expensive and too physically beaten up to trade. The Eagles aren’t going to swallow $10 million just to get him off of this team. They’re stuck with him. Period.
If he isn’t ready for the start of the 2020 regular season, which is highly likely, he’ll be on the PUP list. If he can go, he’s probably one of the starters. Like it or not, that’s the situation.