5 Eagles who have offered almost nothing to this team in 2021

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J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

19. player. 54. . . . J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, wide receiver

Eagles wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside

The three-year decline for JJ Arcega-Whiteside has been both steady and tough to watch. What’s sad is, after setting the bar as low as it could be set with a ten-catch, 169-yard, and one-touchdown rookie campaign in 2019, JJAW has progressively become a worse football player in the two seasons that have followed.

In 2020, he caught four passes for 85 yards. This season, he’s appeared in all eight games for Philadelphia with one start. He has yet to be targeted on any of the 58 offensive snaps he’s seen this season, and before you make some claim that he’s a special teams maven, we’ll just stop you right there.

Yeah, he played 70 percent of the Eagles’ special teams snaps in Week 3 versus the Dallas Cowboys (that equates to 21 total snaps), but he hasn’t played more than 20 snaps or 67 percent of the snaps in any other game. In Week 8 versus Detroit, he was irrelevant as he was on the field for eight total snaps, four on offense and four on special teams.

At this point, you have to ask why he’s still here and why this team didn’t dump him off on someone at the trade deadline.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside still has one year remaining on the rookie deal that he signed in 2019. In all honesty, if he was deactivated for the remainder of the 2021-2022 regular season, no one would bat an eyelash, nor would we care if he spent the final year of that rookie deal on another roster.