3 Realistic expectations for Eagles wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside
Dare we say that JJ creeps into the starting lineup a few times?
Think about this for a few minutes. Alshon Jeffery is too expensive to get rid of, and with a global health crisis, the amount of effort that it would take for another team to get an expensive 30-year-old and injured trade prospect in for a workout and physical may be more work than any team is willing to do.
Teams are also very aware that Jeffery’s public perception is he’s a “Benedict Arnold” of sorts, and that’s been damaging to his reputation.
DeSean Jackson made some people angry with the timing of his decision to have surgery, but he still has the love of this fan base and media. Even still, unless he’s placed on a pitch count as ITI suggested several months ago, there’s no evidence that states he’ll play a full 16-game schedule. He hasn’t since 2013. Marquise Goodwin is at the top of the depth chart as well. He’s also injury-prone. He’s played the full 16-game slate once in seven seasons, and that was back in 2017.
There’s a possibility that you’ll see JJ on the field more in 2020, and don’t be surprised if he starts a couple of games. Before you flip your wig, consider a few things. Philly’s wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead is a major upgrade from Carson Walch and just about every other wide receivers coach Philly has had during the Doug Pederson era.
We can tip the cap to Mike Groh though. He was a horrible offensive coordinator but a very good wide receivers coach for this team.
Moorehead will get the best from Arcega-Whiteside and this Eagles receiver corps, but the facts are the facts. A lot of these guys are fragile. If you see more than two wideouts on a gameday injury report and JJ listed as the starter, don’t be shocked.