Philadelphia Eagles: Predicting which WRs make 2020’s roster

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside #19, Greg Ward #84, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside #19, Greg Ward #84, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

. player. 54. . . . J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is an interesting player to keep an eye on. Yes, he had an abysmal rookie campaign, but the Eagles won’t and shouldn’t give up on him after just one season. He should be the slowest receiver on the field come 2020, but his skill set, if developed, could open up the offense.

The “50-50” balls in the NFL, as Arcega-Whiteside learned, are more difficult to haul in. Corners are more physical at the catch point. They’re faster in coverage, and the game, as a whole, progresses a lot more rapidly than what he experienced as a member of the Stanford Cardinal.

“JJAW” was drafted because he showed some very attractive traits in college, but the “50-50” balls in the NFL, as Arcega-Whiteside learned, are more difficult to haul in. Corners are more physical at the catch point. They’re faster in coverage, and the game, as a whole, progresses a lot more rapidly than what he experienced as a member of the Stanford Cardinal.

The Eagles want Arcega-Whiteside to develop into an Alshon Jeffery type receiver, the type of guy who can go up and pluck the football off the heads of corners and run intermediate routes at the hashes for 10 to 12 yards. Due to his skill set being much different from other guys on the roster and because of the fact that the Eagles have invested draft capital in him, Arcega-Whiteside will make the team.

That brings us to the rookies.