4 Philadelphia Eagles who don’t deserve another season in 2022

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John Hightower, Philadelphia Eagles
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. player. 54. . . . John Hightower, wide receiver

The Eagles must understand that John Hightower has already reached his ceiling.

Regardless of what steps the Eagles take to improve their wide receiver position, there always seems to be something missing. We’ve identified reasons why that might be true in the past. Outside of about three guys, and you know who they are (De’Vonta Smith, Quez Watkins, and Greg Ward), there’s an obvious lack of talent in the locker room. There’s also an inability by the team’s brass to evaluate the position with consistent competency.

Heck, we can even throw some shade in the position coach, Aaron Moorehead’s, direction. Young receivers haven’t improved under his watch. Veteran receivers have regressed under his direction.

Approaching the 2022 offseason, after spending a second-round draft choice on the position and after spending two-first-rounders to upgrade the unit in 2020 and 2021, Philly should be set, but here we are. We’re still talking about the need to add another piece if not two.

2022 will be John Hightower‘s third season in the NFL, and so far, the highlight of his career has been catching a 50-yarder during Week 6 of the 2020 season versus the Baltimore Ravens and catching a 59-yarder versus the New York Giants a week later to set up a score. We’ve seen nothing to demonstrate that we should believe more of those moments are coming.

John Hightower’s ceiling is he could eventually become the fourth-best wideout on Philly’s depth chart. The Eagles need offensive punch. They need it now. Hightower is never going to become more than what he is now, and at this point, we shouldn’t need to see another season to know that’s the case.