If you’re wondering about the state of the Eagles’ receiving corps look no further than this:
In the Eagles’ Week 3 tie, John Hightower played more snaps than any other receiver. Hightower is a fifth-round rookie from Boise State who entered Sunday’s game with one catch for negative-two yards.
So Hightower played 78 of 91 offensive snaps (86%) in the Eagles’ 23-23 tie. For all their plans to fix the receiving corps this offseason, the Eagles still aren’t getting nearly enough from that position aside from Greg Ward Jr.
Hightower: 78 snaps, 3 targets, 2 catches, 19 yards
Ward: 76 snaps, 11 targets, 8 catches, 72 yards, 1 TD
Deontay Burnett: 39 snaps, 4 targets, 3 catches, 19 yards
Jackson: 28 snaps, 4 targets, 2 catches, 11 yards
Arcega-Whiteside: 18 snaps, 0 targets
Earlier in the week, Pederson said the team was going to rely more on Arcega-Whiteside with the absence of Reagor but that doesn’t seem like the case. Before Sunday’s game, JJAW was seen talking to Eagles personnel. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark reported that Arcega-Whiteside had some “lower body discomfort” and the Eagles limited his snaps accordingly.
But it also seems entirely possible the Eagles aren’t playing Arcega-Whiteside because of his play. He hasn’t been good. And through three games, he has played 62 snaps without a catch.
Other offensive notes
• Overall, the Eagles ran a ton of plays and held the ball for over 37 minutes.
The Eagles ran 91 offensive plays Sunday. They’ve only had more twice - 96 in an OT loss to Washington at the Vet in 1976 and 95 in an overtime win in Seattle at the Kingdome in 1992 (the Seth Joyner “Rich Kotite is a puppet game).@pfref— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 28, 2020
• Cre’Von LeBlanc took over as the Eagles’ primary nickel corner on Sunday, playing 59 snaps, while Nickell Robey-Coleman played 26.
• T.J. Edwards took over for Duke Riley as the Eagles’ second linebacker. Edwards played 51 snaps to Riley’s 7. Nate Gerry played 70 of 72 snaps.
• Despite coming into the game with an oblique injury, Fletcher Cox led the defensive tackle rotation with 55 snaps (76%), followed by Malik Jackson (42), Javon Hargrave (32) and Hassan Ridgeway (15). Cox came into the game listed as questionable and not only played that much but made a huge impact, especially in overtime. Gutty performance from him.