4 Philadelphia Eagles that should be cut before taking a snap in 2021
JJ Arcega-Whiteside won’t become what Philadelphia Eagles fans were told.
By now, if you read Inside The Iggles with any regularity, it has to feel like we’ve been kicking JJ Arcega-Whiteside while he’s down. That hasn’t been the intention, but here’s something that can be stated with the utmost confidence.
One, we’ve seen this movie before. Philly gives guys too many chances (Mack Hollins, Corey Clement), and the decision always comes back to bite them in some shape, form, or fashion. By now, you have to be able to see that JJ Arcega-Whiteside isn’t this Alshon Jeffery clone that we were promised.
When he entered the NFL Draft, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein stated, in a draft profile that he cooked up on the Stanford Cardinal that JJ has “functional quickness in spurts, but not enough to get away from tight coverage” and that “he won’t run by many NFL cornerbacks on go routes”. He also listed the following as weaknesses:
"He plays with some hip tightness. He may need pre-snap movement to free him versus some NFL defenses. He also plays with hip tightness. It takes him additional time to settle in and open on comeback routes, and he’s unlikely deep-ball threat as a pro."
All of those are still issues as we enter year three, and none of us can say that he’s getting any better as time has gone on. Here’s the verdict.
Believe it or not, the Philadelphia Eagles might be able to dupe someone into giving them something for this guy, but they have to make a move now. Philly will never get more for JJAW than they’d get for him right now.
If they’re stubborn and wait or if they don’t get anything for him, then, it’s time to move on. This team probably won’t carry more than six wideouts into the 2021 season on the 53-man roster, and it’s time to see what guys like John Hightower and Quez Watkins can do. We’ve seen the best of JJAw, and sadly he doesn’t give the Birds much.