Philadelphia Eagles lose 2020 draftee to the Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Change is the only constant in the National Football League, and after being the third wide receiver taken by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2020 NFL Draft, Quez Watkins is the last man standing. Jalen Reagor left the nest by way of a trade with the Minnesota Vikings on August 31st. Nearly one month later, John Hightower, a prospect that Philly selected two days and 147 spots later has been poached from the Eagles’ practice squad by the Los Angeles Chargers.

L.A. announced the move at about 1:41 p.m. EST (10:41 a.m. on the West Coast). This comes less than 24 hours after Philadelphia lost offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark to the Tennessee Titans to fill a void they had after placing Taylor Lewan on their injured reserve.

The Birds had announced earlier on Wednesday that they had acquired tackle Roderick Johnson to re-establish their scout team at 17 players. Johnson was with the team for their Wednesday afternoon practice session and wearing the number 74 jersey, but losing Hightower means they, again, have space to sign one more player. Expect them to make a move to fill that void relatively soon.

John Hightower trades in his Eagles jersey for one of L.A.’s.

The Chargers’ decision to sign Hightower now means he’s on their active roster. As mentioned earlier, he was a fifth-round selection of the Eagles in 2020. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to accomplish much in the midnight green.

For his career, he boasts ten receptions for 167 yards, and he spent much of his time on the scout team. He never found the end zone as a member of Philly’s roster.

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The change of scenery will be great for him. Sometimes that’s all that’s needed to kickstart a career. It seems to be working for Mack Hollins. We’ve seen it work for others, so with that being said, we’ll be pulling for him, except for those rare occasions when the Philadelphia Eagles see the Chargers on their schedule.