The Philadelphia Eagles needed more out of a second-round draft choice.
It’s almost as if fans have been calling him a bust for almost two years, and they can’t get him out of town fast enough. When Philly fans watched their favorite team eschew an opportunity to land DK Metcalf and instead take JJAW with the 57th-overall selection in 2019’s draft, some were puzzled, especially SEC fans.
We understood though. DK had that neck injury, and several teams took him off of their draft boards. Birds fans were also fooled by the “JJ is the next Alshon Jeffery” thing. Ladies and gentlemen, JJ Arcega-Whiteside isn’t anywhere close to being Alshon Jeffery.
In 24 regular-season games with five starts, JJAW has hauled in 14 receptions for 254 yards and a single touchdown. That’s not what teams look for in a second-rounder. He also has another touchdown on his resume that he basically got by accident. Miles Sanders did all of the heavy lifting with a 74-yard scamper versus the Baltimore Ravens on October 18th of 2020, but he fumbled. JJ jumped on the ball in the end zone.
Sure, Arcega-Whiteside gets credit for the touchdown. The rules state he should, but come on. Let’s be honest. That one doesn’t seem fair. We all understand the rule, but that one needs to be given back to Boobie.
Both Sanders and JJAW were taken in the second round of the 2019 draft. The sky’s the limit for one. The ceiling, a relatively low one, has already been reached by the other. Arcega-whiteside will never be better than he is right now, and again, 254 yards receiving and a single touchdown in two years do not a second-rounder make.