A personnel that tranquil needs extensive receivers despite spending their last two first-round picks doesn’t seem to imagine John Hightower can benefit.
The Eagles released their record of 11 avid gamers they signed to Reserve/Future contracts. Hightower become as soon as not amongst them.
Now, that would possibly perhaps switch within the following day, the following week, and even the following month or two.
Appropriate now, the inclined fifth-round pick is out.
Likely the handwriting become as soon as on the wall when the Eagles promoted KeeSean Johnson for the playoff game in opposition to Tampa Bay. Johnson performed two snaps on offense and 16 on special teams.
Going benefit extra with Hightower, the second-year receiver spent all season on the be conscious squad and become as soon as energetic for most appealing one game, getting two snaps on offense and 9 on special teams, one amongst which become as soon as a kick return.
As a rookie, Hightower confirmed some early promise.
He had 9 catches for 166 yards in his first seven games. He become as soon as targeted, 24 events, though.
The receiver from Boise Advise performed fair correct two more games from Week 8 by technique of Week 12 then become as soon as inactive for three games. He become as soon as in most cases a deep threat and not great of one at that, though he ended the 2020 season with 10 catches for 167 yards (16.7 yards per defend) on 29 targets.
If Johnson doesn’t land with but any other personnel, most most likely the Eagles will lift him benefit, nevertheless in line with how not in most cases he performed this year, his future most likely lies in other locations.
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Curiously, Johnson become as soon as not one amongst the 11 who signed, both.
Deon Cain, though, become as soon as. The WR become as soon as a inclined sixth-round pick of the Colts in 2019 who become as soon as signed to the Eagles’ be conscious squad on Oc.t. 18. He become as soon as by no system energetic, nevertheless has cramped ride, making it into 15 games, with six starts, for the Colts and Steelers.
Of the 10 others signed by the Eagles, all nevertheless two noticed taking part in time this season.
“We no doubt belief it become as soon as crucial to point roles, to present roles, and let each person undergo in mind, ‘Hey, this is your role on this football personnel’” acknowledged head coach Gash Sirianni last week. “The fellows that were at the benefit rupture of the roster, it become as soon as the least bit times, ‘Hey, we need you to make a contribution on special teams and be a man that is on special teams and in a arena to compose plays on special teams, these 22 to 25 plays a game.’
“But additionally, your job is to be there and be ready with out a total lot of the reps, to have the flexibility to stride in case your amount is named upon. I fair correct think guys accepting their role on the personnel…Or not it's so crucial for a personnel to fair obtain their role and be in a arena to play their role, and then that role will even be elevated based off varied things.”
Listed below are the opposite 10:
OL Kayode Awosika. The rookie free agent out of the College of Buffalo become as soon as his NFL debut within the neatly-liked-season finale in opposition to the Cowboys and performed 43 snaps.
LB Christian Elliss. A rookie free agent of the Vikings out of Idaho, Elliss made his NFL debut within the neatly-liked-season finale in opposition to the Cowboys and posted two tackles in seven snaps.
CB Craig James. He spent his third year with the Eagles in 2021. His most huge taking part in time came in 2019 when he performed 14 games with one begin. James become as soon as a special teams captain in 2020.
DE Matt Leo. The 6-7, 280-pound Australian native at the foundation joined the Eagles in 2020 by technique of the NFL Global Player Pathway Program. He has spent the last two season on the Eagles’ be conscious squad.
DE Cameron Malveaux. He become as soon as known as up by the Eagles for every of the final four games this past season, including playoffs. He performed 66 snaps on defense within the neatly-liked season and but any other 15 within the playoffs, notching four total tackles.
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S Jared Mayden. Mayden become as soon as known as up for four neatly-liked-season games this year and the inclined rookie free agent out of Alabama amassed five tackles and but any other one on special teams.
CB Mac McCain. McCain become as soon as on the energetic roster and the be conscious squad for every the Eagles and the Broncos in his rookie season out of North Carolina A&T. He performed in two games for the Eagles, registering two tackles.
LB JaCoby Stevens. A sixth-round pick out of LSU in 2021, Stevens performed within the final two neatly-liked-season games, making his first profession begin in Week 18 in opposition to Dallas.
TE Noah Togiai. At the delivery signed as a rookie free agent by the Eagles in 2020, he become as soon as claimed by the Colts where he performed in four games as a rookie. He returned to Philadelphia on Oct, 11 and made his Eagles debut within the neatly-liked-season finale in opposition to Dallas.
DT Marvin Wilson. A rookie free agent of the Browns in 2021, Wilson spent your total season on the Eagles' be conscious squad. He made his NFL debut in Week 18 in opposition to the Cowboys and totaled four tackles in 19 snaps.
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