Hightower caught 10 of his 29 targets for 167 yards across 13 games during the 2020 season.
Since Hightower often functioned as a downfield threat for Philadelphia, he didn't draw many high-percentage targets as a rookie, though he didn't help himself by dropping three passes. Hightower did most of his damage in the first half of the season when many of the Eagles' receivers were banged up, but he became a healthy scratch for three of Philadelphia's last four games, with fellow rookie Quez Watkins passing him up on the depth chart. Hightower will almost certainly have to fight for a roster spot in training camp this summer.
Hightower (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Cowboys, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The rookie wideout has been a healthy scratch for three consecutive games, a status that was seemingly even more of a certainty this week with DeSean Jackson (ankle) being activated from injured reserve Saturday.
Hightower (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
The rookie is a healthy scratch for the second straight game as the Eagles move forward with Quez Watkins and Travis Fulgham as their No. 4 and No. 5 receivers against Arizona.
Hightower (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 14 tilt against the Saints.
The rookie had played a combined 37 snaps over the previous two games, but with the Eagles receiving corps back to full health save for DeSean Jackson (IR, ankle), Hightower will be inactive for Jalen Hurts' first NFL start. The Boise State product's next opportunity to garner active status will come in a Week 15 road battle versus the Cardinals.
Hightower didn't catch his two targets during Sunday's 30-16 loss at Green Bay.
The 24-year-old played 18 of 62 offensive snaps but was unable to make an impact in the passing game. Hightower has only one reception for one yard since Week 7.
Hightower wasn't targeted during Sunday's loss to the Giants.
The 24-year-old played only one offensive snap and didn't have a reception for the second straight contest. Hightower is buried on the depth chart behind Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward and Alshon Jeffery.
Hightower did not catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 23-9 win over the Cowboys.
After catching a couple bombs over his past two games, Hightower got yet another deep target early in the contest but was unable to corral it this time. The last pass thrown his way was intercepted, so he had little chance to make an impact. Most importantly, the rookie fifth-rounder was only on the field for 10 snaps, a trend that will likely continue now that Jalen Reagor is healthy again.
Hightower secured one of two targets for 59 yards in the Eagles' 22-21 win over the Giants on Thursday night.
As was the case in Week 6 against the Ravens, Hightower's one reception covered plenty of ground, and in Thursday's case, it came at a critical juncture of the contest. The rookie got loose down the right sideline for his 59-yard grab with Philadelphia down by 11 and 6:05 remaining, setting up the Eagles at the Giants' 14-yard line ahead of what would be one of two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Hightower has lived by the big play in the last two games, but he's still been unable to fully capitalize on the plethora of injuries to the Eagles' pass-catching corps. He'll look to offer his downfield dimension once again versus the Cowboys in a Week 8 battle on Sun., Nov. 1.
Hightower brought in one of four targets for 50 yards in the Eagles' 30-28 loss so the Ravens on Sunday.
The rookie checked in second in receiving yards on the Eagles despite making just a single catch. Hightower's yardage tally was a career high, but even with the Eagles missing multiple pass catchers over the last several games, the 2020 fifth-round pick has disappointingly failed to make much of an impact. HIghtower will look to carry the moment from his big grab into a Week 7 Thursday night battle against the Giants.
Hightower caught two of his six targets for 18 yards and a two-point conversion in Sunday's 38-29 loss to the Steelers.
Hightower saw a season-high six targets but was able to reel in only two on the day. The rookie ended up tied with Zach Ertz as the second-most targeted Eagles pass catcher behind Travis Fulgham. However, with Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) nearing returns, the Boise State product's opportunities could take a hit going forward.
Hightower is one of four healthy wide receivers on the Eagles' roster ahead of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Jeff Skervsky of 6 ABC Philadelphia reports.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is returning from a chest injury after missing one game, but DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) will be out for at least one more week. Hightower played 86 and 81 percent of snaps in Philadelphia's past two games, catching four of five targets for 41 yards. It's possible the steady playing time eventually leads to more targets, but Zach Ertz, Greg Ward and Miles Sanders are the safer bets to see passes from Carson Wentz.
Hightower (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
The 2020 fifth-round pick was absent from Thursday's practice due to an illness, but it won't impact his availability for Week 4. Hightower played 78 offensive snaps and caught two of three targets for 19 yards during last Sunday's tie with the Bengals, and he should see plenty of playing time again this week with Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) sidelined and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf) doubtful.
Hightower (illness) didn't participate in practice Thursday.
After seeing just four targets and 34 offensive snaps in the Eagles' first two games of the season, Hightower increased the latter substantially this past Sunday versus the Bengals to 78 plays. That said, he was targeted just three times on his way to two catches for 19 yards. The Eagles' receiving corps has been hammered by injuries in 2020, with all of Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf) also absent Thursday. As a result, if Hightower can get past his illness, he could be in line for even more passes from Carson Wentz this Sunday at San Francisco.
Hightower caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 23-23 tie against the Bengals.
With Jalen Reagor (thumb) out and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) leaving the game early, Hightower led Eagles wide receivers with 78 of 91 offensive snaps (86 percent). Greg Ward wasn't far behind with 76 snaps. Jackson's injury is expected to be minor, but if he's forced to miss Week 4's matchup against the 49ers, Hightower and Ward should both handle increased duties against a defense that's without CB Richard Sherman (hamstring) and DE Nick Bosa (torn ACL).
Hightower caught one of his four targets for a loss of two yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Washington
The Boise State product was on the field for 27 snaps (40 percent) in his NFL debut. While that was one play fewer than what J.J. Arcega-Whiteside received, it was Hightower who was more involved in the offense with four passes thrown his way to Arcega-Whiteside's zero.
Hightower has looked good throughout training camp, potentially setting himself up for a role on offense if Jalen Reagor (shoulder) is out for an extended period, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Early reports suggest Reagor will miss at least one or two games but should be back in the lineup by late September or early October. While J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward look like the favorites to get snaps alongside DeSean Jackson in three-wide formations to start the season, Hightower also has a shot at a role. If nothing else, the rookie fifth-round pick is on track for a roster spot, while sixth-rounder Quez Watkins (upper body) has been absent from recent practices and could be on the bubble. Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com also believes Hightower has "far exceeded expectations" in training camp, making a solid case for a Week 1 role.
Hightower and fellow rookies Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins may have to pick up some of the slack after Marquise Goodwin opted out of the 2020 season, ESPN.com's Tim McManus reports.
All four wideouts have two things in common: 1) they were acquired by Philadelphia in late April; 2) they're known for their speed above all else. Reagor, a first-round pick, is a roster lock and potential Week 1 starter, whereas Hightower (fifth round) and Watkins (sixth) figure to compete for depth roles. At first glance, it was difficult to see how both Hightower and Watkins would fit on the regular-season roster, but the Eagles may have room for the two similar rookies now that Goodwin is out of the equation. There's also a decent chance Alshon Jeffery (foot) misses the early part of the year, so the Eagles may find room on their roster for all six of Reagor, Hightower, Watkins, DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. And even if only five make the cut, Hightower has a pretty good chance to survive.
The Eagles selected Hightower in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 168th overall.
Hightower (6-foot-1, 189) is skinny and will be a 24-year-old rookie, but his production at Boise State was strong enough to conclude that he has NFL-level talent despite his college age advantage. Hightower caught 82 of 138 targets the last two years, generating 1,447 yards and 14 touchdowns. With a 4.43-second 40 and 38.5-inch vertical, Hightower showed just enough athleticism at the combine to see his explosiveness translating to the NFL. He's way down the depth chart in Philadelphia, however, with all of Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor and Marquise Goodwin locked in ahead, and the likes of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward posing further competition.
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