JJ Arcega-Whiteside

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

JJ Arcega-Whiteside News

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 NJ.com 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 ESPN.com 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

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.

Oct 11, 2020 9:52 AM EST

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.

Oct 7, 2020 2:30 PM EST

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.

Oct 7, 2020 11:09 AM EST

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.

Oct 4, 2020 3:55 PM EST

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).

Oct 2, 2020 1:38 PM EST

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.

Oct 2, 2020 8:15 AM EST

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.

Oct 1, 2020 10:00 AM EST

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.

Sep 30, 2020 2:38 PM EST

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.

Sep 28, 2020 9:14 AM EST

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.

Sep 25, 2020 11:03 AM EST

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.

Sep 22, 2020 7:09 PM EST

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