The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot to be excited about as we move towards the first preseason game. One of which is the emergence of what’s been one of the more troubling units on this roster, more often than not, since Andy Reid was pacing the sidelines a long time ago.
Since 2017’s NFL Draft, the Eagles have drafted seven wide receivers. Two of them aren’t on the team anymore (Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins). The most recent draftee has a lot of people excited (DeVonta Smith). One is a first-rounder with much to prove (Jalen Reagor). Another is JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Uggh!
That brings us to two of the young guns, two guys that were taken in the same draft class that brought Reagor to town a year ago. You know them well, Quez Watkins and John Hightower. How have they been doing at camp? Buckle up boys and girls. The answer might surprise you.
Quez Watkins is impressing at Philadelphia Eagles camp.
Most of you know this already, but for some of you, this is good to know. Quez Watkins is a six-foot, 185-pound speedster out of Southern Miss. Hightower is six-foot-one and 189 pounds. The former was a sixth-rounder. The latter came off of draft boards in the fifth round.
Hightower was given every opportunity to seize a roster spot in year one a season ago, but if we’re being honest, his career so far looks a lot like his training camp so far this season. One minute he wows you with something, and the next, he’s dropping a pass. It’s almost like a dance, two steps forward and two steps backward.
As it stands right now, Watkins looks like the guy. He’s been better at camp. That was on display at the Philadelphia Eagles’ open practice on August 8th. Watkins also has something on his resume that John Hightower doesn’t, an NFL touchdown.
Keep an eye on this battle as we move through camp because, though no one is talking about this, there’s something you all need to understand. One of these guys may not make the roster, and as it stands right now, if a 53-man roster had to be assembled today, it would be Watkins who makes the roster. That’s where it stands right now. We’ll see if anything changes as we move through camp.