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Howie Roseman continues to fail Eagles with low impact rookies

Rookie report card.

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Let’s get right to our rookie report card from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 3 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jalen Reagor: N/A

Jalen Reagor’s absence was notable for the Eagles. Reagor only had five receptions through the first two games before injuring his thumb, but teams respected his speed in a big way. With Reagor out, it was evident the Bengals felt comfortable condensing the field.

Jalen Hurts: D

This grade has less to do with Jalen Hurts and more to do with whatever the hell the Eagles were doing with him. In a game where the passing game was abysmal and Carson Wentz looked off, Hurts saw three snaps in the backfield. One direct snap run for eight yards made it seem like Hurts could have some juice in a gadget role. From there? One hand off to Miles Sanders and a botched zone read that led to a fumble. Hurts is clearly a talented player whose athleticism (and maybe passing ability) could have been used more today. It’s early, but it is frustrating to see so little out of a second round pick while positions like receiver and cornerback continue to thin on this roster.

Davion Taylor: F+

Like Hurts’ grade, this has everything to do with the team and little to do with Taylor. The third round linebacker couldn’t see the field despite Nate Gerry and the gang getting embarrassed in the short and intermediate passing game. Taylor was a project pick, obviously, and his lack of immediate impact is glaring.

K’Von Wallace: N/A

Wallace barely saw the field aside from special teams snaps. It will be interesting if he eventually gets used as a big nickel defender with the way the linebackers are struggling.

Jack Driscoll: N/A

Despite more offensive line struggles, Jack Driscoll didn’t see the field for most of the game.

John Hightower: B-

John Hightower had the best two catch, nineteen yard, zero touchdown performance in NFL history. Well, maybe not, but Hightower drew two back-to-back penalties down the field on the Eagles’ critical tying drive late in the fourth quarter. The speedster saw 11 targets and got a lot of snaps with DeSean Jackson injured. Obviously it would be nice to see more big plays on all that opportunity, but it is hard to blame Hightower entirely with the lack of accuracy of a lot of those targets. With the Eagles receiver group even more banged up, Hightower should see the field a lot next week.

Quez Watkins: N/A


Shaun Bradley: N/A

Only played special teams. Didn’t log a stat.

Casey Toohill: N/A


Jason Huntley: N/A


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