JJ Arcega-Whiteside

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

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

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Should be ok for Dallas matchup

Coach Doug Pederson said Arcega-Whiteside (leg) should be fine to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: The rookie missed some snaps in Monday's 23-17 win over the Giants, but he told Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the issue was nothing more than cramps, mentioning that he felt fine after he got IVs. Still, Arcega-Whiteside's health is worth monitoring for Week 15, as the latest injury to Alshon Jeffery (foot) could push the rookie into an every-down role. Jeffery is expected to miss the rest of the season, and Nelson Agholor (knee) has been inactive for two of the past three games. JJAW and Greg Ward were the only healthy wide receivers on the roster as of Wednesday morning.

December 11, 2019 6:12 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Sees just three targets in win

Arcega-Whiteside caught two of his three targets for 29 yards in Monday night's 23-17 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside got just one target in the first half, but even as one of only two healthy Eagles wide receivers after Alshon Jeffery missed the game's latter half with a foot injury, the rookie mustered only two more looks. One of them was a 22-yard catch on third-and-4 that set up the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, however. Still, despite playing a season-high 80 snaps, the Stanford product finished seventh on the team in targets, behind recent practice-squad additions like Greg Ward and Joshua Perkins.

December 10, 2019 7:54 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Scores first career touchdown

Arcega-Whiteside caught one of his two targets for a 15-yard touchdown in Sunday's 37-31 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside's first career score put the Eagles up 21-14 at the end of the first half. Despite the play, the rookie would not see a target in the second half. Coach Doug Pederson touted the Stanford product's role in the offense earlier in the week, yet he played two fewer snaps than Greg Ward's 29 while seeing one fewer target.

December 2, 2019 7:34 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Staying involved in offense

Arcega-Whiteside is expected to retain a role in the Philadelphia offense behind Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee), Les Bowen and EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer report. "J.J. is kind of the guy now," coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. "He's the one that's in that position and he's done some nice things in the games."

Analysis: Jeffery and Agholor are expected to return from injuries for Week 13 at Miami, but there's still room for the rookie to contribute in the No. 3 receiver role, albeit for a team that prefers two-TE formations. The Eagles' decision to waive Jordan Matthews on Monday might be taken as a subtle vote of confidence in Arcega-Whiteside, who has caught just five of 13 targets for 86 yards on 249 offensive snaps. If nothing else, it's a good sign for the rookie's future that Pederson prefers him over Matthews, Mack Hollins and Greg Ward.

November 27, 2019 10:57 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Gets five targets

Arcega-Whiteside hauled in two of his five targets for 43 yards in the team's Week 12 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Only five of the team's 45 targets were directed toward Arcega-Whiteside, though he finished second on the team with 43 yards. His first reception came on a short pass which he turned up field for 13 yards. However, the highlight came with only 23 seconds left in the game, when he nabbed a 30-yard pass down the sideline as he was falling out of bounds. Despite the highlight-reel play, Arcega-Whiteside may find targets even harder to come by in Week 13 against the Dolphins, as one or both of Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) could return.

November 24, 2019 3:02 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Likely to start Week 12

Arcega-Whiteside is expected to serve as one of the Eagles' starting wideouts Sunday against the Seahawks with both Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) sidelined, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The Eagles haven't announced their starting receivers for Week 12, but Jordan Matthews (85 percent offensive snap share, one catch for six yards on six targets) and Arcega-Whiteside (25 percent, one catch for 29 yards on one target) trailed only a healthy Agholor in terms of usage in the Week 11 loss to the Patriots. None of Matthews, Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and Mack Hollins seemingly represent anything more than punt plays in DFS or dart throws in season-long leagues, however, as the quartet has combined for just 14 receptions across 36 targets all season. Instead, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia speculates the Eagles will make ample use of 12 personnel (two tight ends), meaning that Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert may end up profiling as the team's top pass catchers.

November 24, 2019 9:16 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Plays just 19 snaps in loss

Arcega-Whiteside caught his only target for 29 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to New England.

Analysis: Whiteside played just 19 snaps with Alshon Jeffery (ankle) out, significantly fewer than the 64 Jordan Matthews saw, despite the latter having just been signed this week. Nevertheless, the Stanford product made his first catch since Week 3. With Jeffery on the mend, Arcega-Whiteside doesn't stand to see his playing time increase in the near future.

November 18, 2019 7:23 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Plays just two snaps in win

Arcega-Whiteside played just two snaps in Sunday's win against the Jets and did not see a target.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside had some chances to carve out a role early this season but could not take advantage. With the Eagles healthier now and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) on the mend, Arcega-Whiteside's immediate future is on the bench.

October 9, 2019 1:31 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Hardly sees field in win

Arcega-Whiteside played just six snaps in Thursday's 34-27 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside did not see a target in the game, as Alshon Jeffery's return bumped the rookie back to the bench. Mack Hollins served as the clear third receiver, seeing 40 snaps. The Stanford product's chances of seeing the field are likely to be reduced even further with DeSean Jackson (abdomen) working his way back.

September 28, 2019 9:12 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Sent back to bench

Arcega-Whiteside is expected to return to a reserve role for Thursday's game against the Packers, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Alshon Jeffery (calf) is on track to return, joining Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins as the regular trio in three-wide formations. Arcega-Whiteside failed to take advantage of regular playing time the past two weeks, catching two of seven targets for 14 yards.

September 25, 2019 6:37 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Puts in full practice

Arcega-Whiteside (heel) was a listed as a full participant Tuesday in the Eagles' walk-through practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The wideout was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated report due to the heel injury, but his upgrade to full participation a day later implies there's no real concern about his availability for Thursday's game against Green Bay. With Alshon Jeffery (calf) trending toward a return from a one-game absence, Arcega-Whiteside could be in line for a role reduction after playing 72 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 3 los to Detroit.

September 24, 2019 12:58 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Heel issue heading into Week 4

Arcega-Whiteside (heel) was listed as a non-participant in Monday's practice estimation.

Analysis: The Eagles didn't hold a formal practice Monday, so what Arcega-Whiteside does Tuesday will be telling with regard to his status for Thursday's game against Green Bay. The rookie second-round pick caught one of three targets in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

September 23, 2019 1:35 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: On pace for first NFL start

Arcega-Whiteside likely will start Sunday's game versus the Lions with both Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) inactive.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside took over for Jeffery upon his Week 2 departure. While he racked up a whopping 75 of the Eagles' 81 snaps on offense, Arcega-Whiteside managed just one reception (on four targets) for four yards. With Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor on hand to scoop up the vast majority of Carson Wentz's passes, Arcega-Whiteside may need to hit on the outside or in the red zone to make much of an impact.

September 22, 2019 8:55 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Plays 75 snaps in loss

Arcega-Whiteside played 75 snaps in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: The spike in playing time was a direct result of the Eagles' top two receivers being forced out with leg injuries. Unfortunately for the rookie, it didn't translate to production, as he brought in only one of his four targets for four yards in the contest while Mack Hollins went 5-of-8 for 50 yards. If Alshon Jeffery (calf) or DeSean Jackson is forced to miss time, the Stanford product would likely be in line for increased snaps once again Week 3 at home against the Lions, but at least for now, he seems to be behind Hollins on Carson Wentz's personal depth chart.

September 16, 2019 10:36 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Hardly involved in opener

Arcega-Whiteside played just five snaps on offense in Sunday's 32-27 win over Washington.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside did not see a target despite coach Doug Pederson's assertions earlier in the week that the rookie second-round pick would be involved in the offense. Instead, the Stanford product's greatest "contribution" was a holding penalty away from the ball that cost Miles Sanders a 21-yard touchdown in the game's final quarter. The 22-year-old will look to make up for that gaffe and create a larger role for himself Week 2 at Atlanta.

September 9, 2019 5:18 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Headed for early role

Coach Doug Pederson affirmed Wednesday that Arcega-Whiteside has earned an early role in the Eagles' offense, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside belongs to a crowded receiver room housing Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson (finger) and Nelson Agholor, but appears on track to see more prominent usage than the usual No. 4 wideout. The rookie second-round pick impressed in the preseason with 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown, and projects to play a significant role in the red zone where he can make the most of his 6-foot-2 frame.

September 4, 2019 10:43 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Could see red-zone work

Arcega-Whiteside will likely see more work than most fourth wide receivers as well as red-zone looks, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside has opened eyes this preseason, leading the team with 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown so far. The rookie has shown he knows how to use his 6'2" frame in the red zone and will be employed as a weapon there. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson missed seven games combined last year, so there is a good chance the Stanford product will see at least a handful of starts throughout the season as well.

August 25, 2019 1:59 AM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Shines in preseason loss

Arcega-Whiteside caught eight of nine targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 26-15 preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside was dominant in this one, showing off the skills that prompted Philadelphia to select him in the second round of the 2019 draft. The rookie showed great chemistry with Josh McCown, and the pair linked up for a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Eagles fans and fantasy owners alike must be salivating at the thought of Arcega-Whiteside working with Carson Wentz after seeing this performance.

August 22, 2019 8:54 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Quiet preseason debut

Arcega-Whiteside caught two of four targets for 23 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Titans.

Analysis: The rookie lined up with the first-team offense as Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson got the night off, and his 12-yard grab in the first quarter kicked off the Eagles' first of two scoring drives on the night. Arcega-Whiteside didn't put together a dazzling preseason debut, but he still has a chance to carve out a role in the regular season as a big, physical target for Carson Wentz.

August 8, 2019 10:48 PM EST

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Making bid for red-zone work

Arcega-Whiteside dominated red-zone drills during the Eagles' offseason program, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com.

Analysis: At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, the second-round pick is coming off a senior season with 14 of Stanford's 29 touchdown receptions, including a slew of contested catches in the red zone. Far from a one-year wonder, Arcega-Whiteside also hit paydirt nine times in 2017 for a run-heavy Cardinal offense that threw for just 23 scores. He now faces a difficult path to regular snaps in Philadelphia, where Alshon Jeffery (ribs), DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor (lower body) will form the regular grouping in three-wide formations. Arcega-Whiteside's best chance at an immediate role entails the red zone, an area that's accounted for just 12 of Jackson's 53 career touchdown catches.

July 15, 2019 8:34 AM EST

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