Philadelphia Eagles: 2 issues on offense, 1 last look and a silver lining

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Jimmy Moreland #20, John Hightower #82, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /

2. Philadelphia Eagles fans saw two extremes with 2 of the young guys.

John Hightower had a pitiful debut in the opener. He dropped a pass, possibly out of fear that contact was coming. Then, he ran a poor route which led to an easy interception for Jimmy Moreland.

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Sure, Carson Wentz made an awful decision in throwing that pass to say the least, but as receivers, you have to bail your quarterback out sometimes and become a defensive back of sorts.

John Hightower needs to run the route sharply and turn into the defender when he sees a 50-50 ball coming. JJ Arcega-Whiteside wasn’t even targeted. He ran a few nice routes, but he might as well have stayed home. To be fair, he was wide open on the touchdown pass that went to Zach Ertz, but overall, he didn’t look much different in game one than he looked throughout last season.

Greg Ward made a few catches here and there, but his efforts alone weren’t going to save the team. Not to mention, after his touchdown reception, Zach Ertz was taken out of the equation. Much was made about his drop late in the game on a fourth-down attempt, but he’ll be fine.