What new Eagles WR John Hightower brings to the table
25 April 2020 Eagles News
Speed kills and that’s exactly what the Philadelphia Eagles have lacked these past two seasons. To prevent that from happening again, the Eagles have selected another speed wide receiver in John Hightower.
Hightower played two seasons at Boise State where he put up 1,447 yards and 14 touchdowns in those two seasons. His speed was on full display.
Adding John Hightower, the Eagles are just getting fast as shit…I don’t hate it pic.twitter.com/gjFXIoX6Sw
— rone’s gamblin corner (@_rone) April 25, 2020
His average target depth while at Boise state was 17.7 yards. He’s a player who’ll definitely stretch the field and keep opposing defenses honest.
Here’s a scouting report from TheDraftNetwork’s writer Joe Marino.
PROS: “ Play speed is absolutely legit. He can take the top off the defense and win foot races in pursuit. Explosive accelerator and his big play potential is exciting. Knows how to control his speed and use it to blow by defenders. Flashes the ability to track the football and make some acrobatic grabs. Dynamic potential on jet sweeps, touches in space and in the return game. Sudden, twitchy and elusive. Has the juice needed to manipulate corners and put stress on them to stay in-phase. “
CONS: “Has concerning lapses with his ball skills and he struggles to catch the ball outside his frame. Not a consistent finisher. Thin frame and he clearly lacks play strength. Has to develop more technique for clearly press coverage and playing through contact in general. Production was modest in college. “
For the Eagles, Hightower offers them something they’ve sorely lacked. With DeSean Jackson on the roster as well as Jalen Reagor and now, Hightower and Marquise Goodwin, there’s a lot of speed to go around.
Last season, the injuries really hurt them as well as their lack of downfield threat. Now, four speed wide receivers deep, that problem is mitigated. And for some, Hightower is a player who has the potential to overtake those and make a real impact.
Standing at 6’1” weighing around 190 pounds, he’s almost an exact copy of Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson, who the Eagles were linked to. The Eagles are getting a wide receiver who can track the ball, win off the line of scrimmage and he’s a smooth route runner. He’s got a lot of potential and the Eagles can get it out of him.
Hightower and even Reagor for that matter, have an opportunity to grow their game as they both has new levels they can reach. It’s exciting time for the Eagles wide receiver corps to say the least.
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