After three professional seasons as a wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles’ J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is moving to tight end. An NFL source told the Inquirer, just says before the team’s offseason program is to begin.
JJAW’S WIDE RECEIVER DAYS ARE OVER
Philadelphia selected Arcega-Whiteside in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Despite playing in all 16 games (starting in five), he caught ten passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately, his second season was even less productive. Arcega-Whiteside caught four passes for 85 yards and no touchdowns in eight games.
Many fans thought 2020 would be the end of the JJAW era, but head coach Nick Sirianni placed him on the active roster for the 2021 season. Arcega-Whiteside made the fifth and final spot among wide receivers, playing a a run blocker and contributing to special teams. He finished the season with two catches for 39 yards and no touchdowns.
The wide receiver will now move to tight end.
After the Eagles traded Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Goedert took over the TE1 role. Behind him is Jack Stoll, Richard Rodgers, and Noah Togiai, none of which are a shoe-in. The training camp standout, Tyree Jackson, may be the most promising behind Goedert, however, he suffered a torn ACL in the season finale leaving his return questionable.
Arcega-Whiteside will now look to compete for a spot.
As the Eagles move forward with one less wide receiver, it remains to be seen whether or not Philadelphia will use one of their first round picks to fill the gap.