Will a recent position switch save JJ Arcega-Whiteside stay with the Eagles?
You can argue that J.J. Arcega-Whiteside began a string of questionable selections at wide receiver. Frankly, it would seem as though that statement wouldn’t give Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins enough of their due for being horrendous, but it’s hard to argue that JJAW has been bad.
Like Sanders, Philadelphia took Arcega-Whiteside with the 57th-overall selection of the 2019 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, they missed out on a few Pro Bowlers. One they could have landed. Some were taken a few spots earlier: D.K. Metcalf (64), Deebo Samuel (36), Mecole Hardman (56), and yes, A.J. Brown.
Thankfully, A.J. is on our side now.
If you haven’t noticed, everyone on that list is a star EXCEPT for the Stanford alum. In 41 games with Philly, the former JJAW has only been able to manage 209 yards receiving and one touchdown. He’s been outplayed by a former college quarterback that went undrafted (Greg Ward) and a former sixth-round selection, Quez Watkins. Both have outproduced J.J. by a considerable margin.
Recently, it was announced that J.J. would make the move from wide receiver to tight end. Only time will tell if the move paid off.
It may not, but even if Arcega-Whiteside battles his way into earning a roster spot, the chances are high that, if something doesn’t change drastically, he’s a shoo-in to find his way onto the list of available free agents of the 2023 offseason.