JJ Arcega-Whiteside

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Wide Receiver #19
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 225 lb.
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (57)
Draft Team:PHI

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: 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.

October 19, 2020 1:17 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Starting in Week 5

Arcega-Whiteside is slated to start in Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports.

Analysis: With Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) both inactive, Arcega-Whiteside and John Hightower will join slot man Greg Ward as the Eagles' starting receivers. Before sitting out the Eagles' Week 4 win over the 49ers, Arcega-Whiteside wasn't much of a factor in the passing game, drawing just two targets over the team's first three games. The absences of Jeffery and Jackson should free up some more opportunities for Arcega-Whiteside, but the second-year player could still cede reps at receiver to reserve options Quez Watkins and Travis Fulgham.

October 11, 2020 9:52 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Full practice Wednesday

Arcega-Whiteside (calf) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside sat out Week 4's win over the 49ers due to his calf injury, but it now looks as though he's back to full health. The second-year pro failed to record a catch while playing a part-time role on offense during Philadelphia's first three games of the season, and he has a tough matchup in Pittsburgh on deck Sunday, so he'll be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes Week 5.

October 7, 2020 2:30 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Set to practice Wednesday

Arcega-Whiteside (calf) is expected to take part in Wednesday's practice, Daniel Gallen of PennLive.com reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside missed last week's game due to his injury after dressing for the previous three contests and failing to record a catch. The 2019 second-rounder hasn't done much of note in his career to this point, but Arcega-Whiteside could benefit from increased opportunities in the injury-riddled Eagles receiving corps Sunday in Pittsburgh if he suits up.

October 7, 2020 11:09 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Sidelined Sunday

Arcega-Whiteside (calf) is listed as inactive Sunday at San Francisco.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside joins Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) on the Eagles' list of inactives for Week 4, which leaves Greg Ward, John Hightower, Deontay Burnett and Travis Fulgham as the healthy wide receivers available to Carson Wentz. Looking ahead, Arcega-Whiteside will look to get past his calf injury for next Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

October 4, 2020 3:55 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Unlikely to play Week 4

Arcega-Whiteside (calf) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest at San Francisco.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside followed up back-to-back DNPs with a limited practice Friday, but his calf injury seems to be serious enough to keep him on the sidelines Week 4. If he joins Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) on the inactive list, the Eagles will have to roll with Greg Ward and John Hightower at wide receiver. Ward and Hightower likely will be joined by some combination of practice-squad callups (Deontay Burnett, Travis Fulgham and Marcus Green).

October 2, 2020 1:38 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Returning to practice Friday

Coach Doug Pederson said Arcega-Whiteside (calf) will "get some work" at practice Friday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday, so any participation at Friday's session is a step in the right direction. Arcega-Whiteside's status for Week 4 should become clearer once Philadelphia releases its official injury report later in the day.

October 2, 2020 8:15 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Spectator for practice

Arcega-Whiteside (calf) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: The second-year receiver is looking iffy for Sunday's game in San Francisco, as his calf injury has prevented him from participating in both of the Eagles' first two practices of the week. With Jalen Reagor (thumb) on injured reserve and Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) far from safe bets to play this weekend, Arcega-Whiteside initially appeared well position to fill a starting role Week 4, but that no longer looks like a guarantee.

October 1, 2020 10:00 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Has calf injury

Arcega-Whiteside (calf) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside is one of four Eagles wide receivers to be healthy for each of the first three games of the season. but the injury bug happened to bite him this past Sunday against the Bengals. According to coach Doug Pederson, Arcega-Whiteside sustained a lower-body injury during pregame warmups Week 3 and managed to play just 20 percent of the team's snaps on offense. Philadelphia's receiving corps is littered with question marks, namely Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring), but it won't matter much for Arcega-Whiteside if he's unable to prove his health before a Week 4 matchup with the 49ers.

September 30, 2020 2:38 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Played through lower body issue

Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Arcega-Whiteside suffered a lower body injury during pregame warmups Sunday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside managed to suit up for Sunday's tie against the Bengals despite his pregame injury, but he was limited to just 20 percent of offensive snaps and held without a target. Pederson labeled the second-year wideout "day-to-day," a hint that he should have a fair shot at suiting up Week 4 in San Francisco. With Jalen Reagor (thumb), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) all nursing injuries, Arcega-Whiteside could see a larger role against the 49ers if he's able to get healthy.

September 28, 2020 9:14 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Could get Week 3 star

Coach Doug Pederson suggested Arcega-Whiteside will have a larger role while Jalen Reagor (thumb) is unavailable, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Analysis: Reagor is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Bengals and could be out for longer. Arcega-Whiteside has earned a reputation for minimal involvement in the passing game even when he plays a lot of snaps, but he should at least see more time on the field for the next week or two, possibly getting the start across from DeSean Jackson. The second-year pro has 10 receptions and 24 targets on 530 offensive snaps in the NFL.

September 25, 2020 11:03 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Remains without catch

Arcega-Whiteside was targeted twice but logged no receptions during Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: The 23-year-old wideout logged three multi-catch performances between Weeks 12 and 16 last year, earning four starts during that span as the Eagles dealt with a flurry of injuries at the position. By adding Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft and getting DeSean Jackson back from an abdominal injury, Philadelphia now finds itself better equipped at the position. As result, Arcega-Whiteside has seen a combined two targets on 44 offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 2, rendering him a peripheral option in the tight end-friendly Eagles offense.

September 22, 2020 7:09 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Invisible in loss

Arcega-Whiteside did not draw a target in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside did not end up drawing the start in the opener as Jalen Reagor recovered from his shoulder injury in time to suit up. While the 23-year-old did see 28 offensive snaps in the contest, he didn't get a look from his quarterback while Reagor and fellow rookie John Hightower each got four. It may take another rash of injuries before Arcega-Whiteside begins to get meaningful opportunities in the Eagles offense in 2020.

September 15, 2020 1:30 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Likely starting Week 1

Arcega-Whiteside likely will be the starting X receiver for Week 1 at Washington, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick reportedly has shown significant progress in his second NFL training camp, building up a solid case for a role in the Philadelphia offense. Said role might've entailed rotating in as a backup, but it now appears more likely he'll start, with Jalen Reagor (shoulder) looking doubtful for the opener. While he probably won't be a target hog, the 6-foot-2 Arcega-Whitesides does offer a much different skill set than Z receiver DeSean Jackson and slot man Greg Ward, potentially lending to some volume in the red zone. The report does note that rookie fifth-round pick John Hightower also has been impressive in training camp, so it's possible the Eagles use a rotation of sorts.

September 1, 2020 6:12 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Building chemistry with Wentz

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been throwing to Arcega-Whiteside on a regular basis during training camp, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside apparently had another busy practice Thursday, after making a strong impression in the red zone the day prior. Eagles beat reporters seem to be in agreement that the second-year pro has taken a step forward since his brutal rookie season, but it sounds like Jalen Reagor, DeSean Jackson and some of the wideouts further down the depth chart also have been playing well. Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery (foot) figures to miss at least the first few games of the season, potentially leaving JJAW as the only big-bodied wideout on the team. That won't necessarily equate to a top-three role, but it's at least looking like a possibility.

August 27, 2020 12:00 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Confident heading into season

Arcega-Whiteside claims he is "night and day different" from the player he was in 2019, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside is looking to make up for lost time after a bust of a rookie season marred by injury and difficulty adapting to the speed of the pro game. However, he spent the offseason utilizing an extensive training regime and lost eight pounds of fat. The 23-year-old has been alternating reps at the 'X' position with 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor thus far in camp but will likely slot behind the rookie on the depth chart to begin the season.

August 21, 2020 3:26 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Back to work Wednesday

Arcega-Whiteside (lower body) was a full participant for Wednesday's practice, Daniel Gallen of Penn Live reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside had been classified as day-to-day with the lower-body issue, but rejoined the team to get valuable practice reps. The Stanford product appears locked into a battle for playing time with Greg Ward and recent draft pick Jalen Reagor heading into the season. Arcega-Whiteside disappointed in his rookie campaign, catching 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown across 16 games.

August 19, 2020 5:35 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Misses practice with injury

Arcega-Whiteside is day to day with a lower-body injury, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports that DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor and Greg Ward are lining up with the first-team offense at Monday's practice. Meanwhile, Arcega-Whiteside is hoping to compete for the X receiver spot that's typically been occupied by Alshon Jeffery, who remains on the PUP list as he works his way back from major foot surgery. Following his poor rookie season, JJAW can't afford to miss much practice time if he wants a real shot at a Week 1 starting job.

August 17, 2020 7:57 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Focusing on X role

Arcega-Whiteside should be able to focus on the "X" receiver spot this year, PhillyVoice.com's Jimmy Kempski reports.

Analysis: The second-round pick was a huge disappointment as a rookie, catching only 10 passes on 486 offensive snaps. Arcega-Whiteside said nagging injuries were part of the problem, and he also mentioned the difficulty of moving around to different positions because of the more serious injuries his teammates suffered. He should no be able to focus on the X spot, which was occupied by Alshon Jeffery (foot) for the better part of the past three seasons. Jeffery is coming back from surgery and may not be ready for the season opener, but that doesn't mean Arcega-Whiteside will have anything given to him, as the Eagles also have rookie first-round pick Jalen Reagor and veteran speedster Marquise Goodwin as options to handle wideout snaps opposite DeSean Jackson. That said, coach Doug Pederson claims Reagor will start off learning the "Z" spot behind Jackson.

July 27, 2020 5:47 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Facing heightened expectations

Eagles GM Howie Roseman hopes Arcega-Whiteside can "take a big jump" in 2020, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: The Eagles' failure to add wideout talent early in the offseason has drawn criticism, prompting Roseman to tell reporters the following: "I don't feel like the cupboard is as bare as you're describing. Doesn't mean we're ready to roll there." One aspect of Roseman's logic is that Arcega-Whiteside is now fully healthy, whereas last offseason he entered the NFL with lower body injuries (something that wasn't reported publicly at the time). The young wideout dealt with heel, leg and foot ailments at various points throughout his rookie season, ultimately catching 10 passes on 486 offensive snaps. The Eagles are hoping for better health and better production from each of Arcega-Whiteside, DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery (if he isn't traded), but they also figure to use at least one early draft pick on a wide receiver. There's also time to add a veteran or two, though the top names on the free agent market have already signed elsewhere.

March 26, 2020 9:06 AM EST

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