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JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #19
Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #19

JJ Arcega-Whiteside News

Likely to play Sunday

Arcega-Whiteside (ankle) was limited participant in practice Friday, but he is good to go for Sunday's contest against the 49ers.

Analysis: After not practicing Wednesday, Arcega-Whiteside was a limited participant Thursday and Friday, but it appears he will suit up for Week 2. The 24-year-old played in 16 offensive snaps and didn't receive a target during the season opener.

Sep 17, 2021 12:23 PM EST

Practices in limited fashion

Arcega-Whiteside (ankle) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The 24-year-old didn't participate at practice Wednesday due to the ankle injury, but his return Thursday should give him a chance to suit up Week 2. Arcega-Whiteside suffered the ankle injury during Sunday's season opener against Atlanta -- he wasn't targeted on 16 offensive snaps -- but it doesn't appear to be a serious issue.

Sep 16, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Held out of practice Wednesday

Arcega-Whiteside (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside departed the Eagles' season opener this past Sunday in Atlanta in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury. Coach Nick Sirianni considered Arcega-Whiteside day-to-day as of Monday, but the third-year wide receiver kicked off Week 2 prep with his right ankle taped and on a side field with the training staff, per Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger. Fortunately for Arcega-Whiteside, he has two more practices to prove his health before the team potentially gives him a designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Sep 15, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Considered day-to-day

Coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that Arcega-Whiteside (ankle) is considered day-to-day, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside exited Sunday's season opener in the fourth quarter, but it doesn't appear as though he's dealing with a long-term injury. The 24-year-old's status for Sunday's Week 2 contest against the 49ers will likely come into focus based on his participation in practice this week.

Sep 13, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Injures ankle Week 1

Arcega-Whiteside sustained an ankle injury during Sunday's game in Atlanta, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit in the fourth quarter, Arcega-Whiteside's only contribution to the box score was an assisted tackle on punt coverage. Meanwhile, the Eagles' top wide receiver trio of DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins combined for 16 targets at the point of Arcega-Whiteside's departure.

Sep 12, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Survives roster cuts

Arcega-Whiteside has made the Eagles' roster, Chris McPherson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: After another uneven preseason and with little on his pro resume through two campaigns, the team's investment of a 2019 second-round pick must have ultimately been too much to cut. The 24-year-old did flash some promise in Philadelphia's third and final preseason matchup, and perhaps that is what put him over the top. He remains firmly at the bottom of the wide receiver depth chart, however.

Sep 1, 2021 1:22 AM EST

States case in preseason finale

Arcega-Whiteside caught both his targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason tie against the Jets.

Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick came into the Eagles' final preseason game in danger of being a roster casualty, but Arcega-Whiteside flashed his skills by hauling in a deep sideline pass from Joe Flacco and then muscling his way through two defenders for a 42-yard TD right before halftime. Quez Watkins seems to have established himself as the No. 3 wideout behind DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor but the bottom of the depth chart remains unsettled, so Arcega-Whiteside's performance may have been enough to keep him in Philadelphia.

Aug 28, 2021 5:10 AM EST

In danger of losing roster spot

Arcega-Whiteside has done little in the preseason and could be left off the Eagles roster, Mike Kaye of reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside dropped his only target in the Eagles' second preseason game, a blowout loss to the Patriots. His second-round pedigree may not matter if he can't separate from the pack over the rest of camp. Fortunately for the Stanford product, his competition hasn't done much to stand out aside from Quez Watkins' strong play, but Greg Ward and Travis Fulgham proved themselves last season. It may come down to John Hightower (groin) and Arcega-Whiteside for one spot at the bottom of Philadelphia's receiver depth chart.

Aug 21, 2021 2:48 AM EST

Possible sixth receiver

Arcega-Whiteside could make the roster as the team's sixth receiver, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: The argument for Arcega-Whiteside is simple: he was a second-round pick just two years ago, and the Eagles are going to be loath to cut such a large investment. While he hasn't necessarily earned a spot with an outstanding camp, he has seen time working in the slot, where he is a big target. He's also added special teams to his resume, which is usually a requirement for receivers at the bottom of the depth chart. With DeVonta Smith, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, and Jalen Reagor all virtual locks to make the club and Quez Watkins excelling consistently, Philadelphia will almost definitely need to keep six receivers on the roster for Arcga-Whiteside to make the team, however.

Aug 16, 2021 5:51 PM EST

Falling behind in roster race

Arcega-Whiteside seems to have fallen down the depth chart as he battles for a roster spot, Bo Wulf of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside saw just one target in the game and was unable to reel it in while Quez Watkins took a screen pass 79 yards to the house, putting even more space between the two as they jockey for position on the team. Jalen Reagor had a solid game, as well. At this point, the 24-year-old's roster chances seem to hinge on the health of DeVonta Smith (knee) and John Hightower (groin), although the latter has had his struggles in camp as well.

Aug 14, 2021 2:35 AM EST

Comfortable with slot work

Arcega-Whiteside has been comfortable while playing more in the slot to begin training camp, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside appeared in just eight games last year, and he hauled in four of his eight targets for 85 yards. The 24-year-old has largely disappointed across his first two NFL seasons, as he's totaled 14 receptions for 254 yards and a touchdown. He lined up in the slot for 55.3 percent of his snaps in 2020, and he'll attempt to carve out a larger target share after he focused on getting back to basics during the offseason.

Aug 4, 2021 9:18 AM EST

Just four catches in 2020

Arcega-Whiteside caught just four passes on eight targets for 85 yards this season.

Analysis: Injuries were largely to blame for his poor showing as a rookie, but that was hardly the case in Arcega-Whiteside's sophomore season. Even though the receiving corps was ravaged by injury in the first half of the campaign, the 24-year-old managed more than 18 snaps or one target in a game just once each all year. About the only thing he did catch was COVID-19, but the 2019 second-round pick had already gone the route of a healthy scratch before then. He would also remain so when he recovered and will likely begin 2021 at the bottom of the Eagles' depth chart.

Jan 21, 2021 12:13 AM EST

Inactive Week 15

Arcega-Whiteside is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Cardinals.

Analysis: The second-year wideout will be out of uniform for the sixth straight game. Arcega-Whiteside has just two receptions for 45 yards on five targets this season, and he hasn't come close to matching the 28 snaps he logged back in Week 1 in the other six games during which he's garnered an active designation.

Dec 20, 2020 11:53 AM EST

Healthy scratch Week 13

Arcega-Whiteside (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 game against the Packers.

Analysis: The reserve receiver was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, but he'll still sit out a fourth straight game. Arcega-Whiteside has just two receptions all season and is now buried down the depth chart with the Eagles' receiver corps at full health outside of DeSean Jackson (IR-ankle).

Dec 6, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Rejoins teammates at practice

Arcega-Whiteside was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and returned to practice, Mike Kaye of reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-November but has cleared the requisite protocols to rejoin his teammates. The underwhelming 2019 second-round pick has caught just two passes all season while failing to climb the Eagles' wide receiver depth chart despite ample opportunities due to injuries around him earlier in the year.

Dec 2, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Arcega-Whiteside tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tim McManus of reports.

Analysis: As part of contract tracing, John Hightower was placed on the same list, while Deontay Burnett landed on the practice squad COVID-19 list. With so little time before the Eagles' next game Sunday in Cleveland, Arcega-Whiteside is poised for another absence in what has become a suddenly healthy receiving corps.

Nov 19, 2020 10:58 AM EST

Won't suit up Sunday

Arcega-Whiteside (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Giants.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside's rookie season troubles carried over to 2020. He had a headstart with Alshon Jeffery, first-round pick Jalen Reagor and DeSean Jackson all missing time with injuries this season, but Arcega-Whiteside failed to deliver with just two receptions for 45 yards over seven games. He'll watch from the sidelines Sunday, and he'll have an uphill battle to get back into the lineup.

Nov 15, 2020 8:46 AM EST

No catches in prime time

Arcega-Whiteside was not targeted on any of his five offensive snaps during Sunday's 23-9 win against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside is expected to continually see his role in the passing-game dissipate as the Eagles bring back starters from injury, with rookie Jalen Reagor's return to the lineup Sunday night being one example of the coming transition. The Stanford product has recorded just two total receptions for 45 yards on the season, but if Alshon Jeffery (calf) can make it back in the near future, such a development may make Arcega-Whiteside completely obsolete in the offense.

Nov 3, 2020 6:32 PM EST

One catch against G-Men

Arcega-Whiteside caught his only target for eight yards during Thursday's 22-21 win against the Giants.

Analysis: During a Thursday night victory, Arcega-Whiteside helped the Eagles move the sticks on a first-quarter drive that culminated in a 31-yard Jake Elliott field goal. The Stanford product has two catches over the past three weeks, plus a fumble-recovery touchdown recorded during Philadelphia's Oct. 18 loss to Baltimore. Though he also recorded an exciting 37-yard catch in Week 5, Arcega-Whiteside has just five total targets on the season. Alshon Jeffrey's pending return from a foot injury has potential to make Arcega-Whiteside even more obsolete within the Eagles' passing attack heading into a Week 8 matchup against Dallas.

Oct 27, 2020 6:09 PM EST

Scores eight points in loss

Arcega-Whiteside didn't haul in his lone target in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Ravens, but he scored his first touchdown of 2020 on a fumble recovery in the end zone and also caught a pass on a two-point conversion.

Analysis: Running back Miles Sanders did the heavy lifting on the Eagles' first score of the day, scampering 74 yards before Ravens defender DeShon Elliott forced a fumble at the Baltimore seven-yard line, with the ball rolling past the goal line into the waiting arms of Arcega-Whiteside. The second-year wideout then recorded the two-pointer the fourth quarter, but between the two scoring plays, he was largely an afterthought across his 12 offensive snaps. The Eagles could get both Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) back from injuries for a Thursday night game against the Giants in Week 7, and if that's the case, Arcega-Whiteside may find himself on the inactive list for the contest.

Oct 19, 2020 1:17 PM EST

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