Immediate reactions as Eagles agree to trade J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Many of you have been waiting to hear this for a while. The announcement came from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Monday and was verified by the team’s official Twitter account about an hour later. The experiment is over. The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to the Seattle Seahawks.

The 57th-overall selection of the 2019 NFL Draft, JJAW saw 40 regular-season games with seven starts in an Eagles jersey. He produced 16 receptions on 35 targets, 13 snags that resulted in a first down, and one touchdown.

This offseason, he bulked up and made the switch to tight end, but that didn’t seem to help his chances at earning a roster spot. Dallas Goedert is a lock to make the roster. Jack Stoll is better, and if we’re being honest, if the preseason ended today and the Eagles had to announce a 53-man roster tomorrow, Noah Togiai and Grant Calcaterra might be more deserving of a roster spot.

Here’s what’s so ironic about the previous statement. Togiai is an undrafted rookie and Calcaterra has missed extended time with an injury.

Here are a few random thoughts as the Eagles move on from J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Well, after an extended look, we can safely state that JJAW wasn’t the second coming of Alshon Jeffery after all. Jeffery was someone J.J. studied during his days at Stanford while playing for the Cardinal, and rumor has it that the physical similarities they both shared led to Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie pushing for his leadership structure to use one of its two draft choices in the second round of the 2019 selection meeting on the six-foot-two, 225-pound wideout.

Yep! You can’t blame Howie Roseman for this one! Again, none of us were there, but that story has been floating around for a while.

In exchange for Arcega-Whiteside, the Eagles acquire Seahawks defensive back Ugo Amadi. He’s added 125 tackles, an interception, 13 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles to Seattle’s cause during his first three seasons. Believe it or not, he’s a late add, but he could challenge for a roster spot at safety.

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Marcus Epps is solid, but past him, there are a lot of question marks. Anthony Harris hasn’t been impressive. It’s been a rough transition for Jaquiski Tartt. K’Von Wallace isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. Jared Mayden is injured, and even though the Birds like undrafted rookie Reed Blankenship, he’s going to have a tough climb if he’s going to sneak onto the roster.

Stay tuned. Things are getting interesting.