Despite being seen as one of the possible ‘goats’ in a tough Philadelphia Eagles loss, JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s maturity seems to have won over the media.
It’s been a dark couple of days for the Philadelphia Eagles fan base. How many of you thought that this team would post a 1-2 record in their first three games? How many of you had Miles Sanders rushing for 106 yards on 34 carries? How many of you thought JJ Arcega-Whiteside would snag two passes for 14 yards?
Keep this in mind. Arcega-Whiteside has had some opportunities with injuries to Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. Sure, he wasn’t prepared for his sudden thrust into the spotlight on Sunday Night Football, but he definitely had no excuse for disappearing against the Detroit Lions.
Still, even with all of that being said, no one would have said anything had he come up with that final catch on fourth down.
Wentz gave him a chance. The defender didn’t get his hands on it. The ball hit him in the hands and in the chest. Arcega-Whiteside just couldn’t make the play.
It reminded us all that ‘goat’ has two different meanings in sports. There’s ‘G.O.A.T.’, a term we reserve for the likes of Tom Brady and Michael Jordan. Then, there’s the other meaning, the one where mourn over losses and look for everyone we can point the finger at.
Many are beating Arcega-Whiteside up now, but give him credit for something. He’s not ducking or dodging any of the questions. He’s showing his maturity, and he will get better.
After Sunday’s game, he squared his shoulders, picked his chin up, looked everyone in the eye, and answered every question. He’s one the respect of the Philly media, and that isn’t always easy to do. Take a look.
There’s no time to mourn. Thursday will be here before you know it, and an Eagles team that’s dropped two straight gets their biggest test of the season. They travel to Wisconsin to face a 3-0 Green Bay Packers team at Lambeau Field.
This team better dust themselves off quickly. There’s no time to feel sorry for themselves. They have to get back in the win column. Keep your eyes up JJ. If history has taught us anything, it’s this. Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson aren’t going to give up on you, so stay ready. The ball will come your way. that’s a promise.