The Philadelphia Eagles carry six wideouts into 2020. Here are the reserves.
The prospect of placing John Hightower on the Eagles’ practice squad opens the door for another team to swoop in and steal him, and with his upside, it would be unfortunate to lose him just because the Eagles are stuck in a couple of bad deals that have, in essence, handcuffed them from the standpoint of building for the future (at least for a year).
Here’s the deal. If Jeffery’s out to start the season, Hightower might be contributing with a significant number of snaps on the outside. If Jeffery can go, we may be looking at bumping Hightower down to the practice squad.
Whether you believe that a disappointing first year for JJ Arcega-Whiteside was the result of bad coaching or another miss in the draft by the Eagles’ brass, as time ticks and the Eagles’ regular-season slate approaches, it feels more and more like JJ Arcega-Whiteside is a lock to make this team.
Recent history has shown us that the Eagles have difficulty with admitting they’ve made a mistake. Look no further than a Mack Hollins run that probably should have ended months before it did, but every time we hear someone talk, we keep hearing the same theory. With new wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead and some experience under his belt, Arcega-Whiteside is expected to make a major leap in Year 2. Like him or not, unless one of these rookies shines to a level where they just can’t be ignored, it will be a shock if he isn’t in this team.
Greg Ward has endeared himself to the fans so much that you may hear some calls for Howie Roseman’s job if Mr. Ward is left off of the roster, but the Eagles can’t think in that vein. Last year shouldn’t be taken into account as the coaches shape 2020’s roster.
The best players should be added to the team regardless of what they’ve done in years past or what looks like the right thing to do. Sure, at this point, it seems wrong to cut Greg Ward, but that can’t be the lone reason for signing him. Thankfully, for “84”, we’ve learned that he can ball.