Yes, Philadelphia Eagles fans, we’ve been duped again.
Let’s just be totally honest here. No one thought JJ Arcega-Whiteside had turned the corner. You heard people say it. You joined in when you heard discussions about how well he was performing at camp, even though, in the back of your mind you knew that the exact same thing had happened in 2019. Howie Roseman tried to convince us. Doug Pederson and Aaron Moorehead tried to convince us. Heck, ‘JJAW’ even told us himself. This was the year.
Yep, we heard all of that. Some of us even made ourselves believe it, but again, let’s be honest. In the back of your mind, you had a thought, and it wasn’t pretty. In the back of your mind, you had doubts, and they wouldn’t go away.
Fast forward to the present, and Philly’s traded practice reps against their own team for live bullets and NFL game speed versus real competition. Our fears have been confirmed. JJ Arcega-Whiteside has drawn his arms and legs back into his shell like a frightened turtle.
Have you ever seen the look in James Harden’s eyes at the end of games? He isn’t on their level, but it’s the same look we saw from Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. It says, ‘when the game is on the line, give me the ball’. Yeah. JJ doesn’t have that. Two games have passed in the 2020 season, and JJ hasn’t caught a pass yet after catching ten as a rookie. Here we go again. What’s sad is we should have all been honest with ourselves from the beginning.