Arcega-Whiteside should be able to focus on the "X" receiver spot this year, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports.
The 2019 second-round pick was a huge disappointment as a rookie, catching only 10 passes on 486 offensive snaps. Arcega-Whiteside said nagging injuries were part of the problem, and he also mentioned the difficulty of moving around to different positions because of the more serious injuries his teammates suffered. He now should be able to focus on the X spot, which was occupied by Alshon Jeffery (foot) for the better part of the past three seasons. Jeffery is coming back from surgery and may not be ready for the season opener, but that doesn't mean Arcega-Whiteside will have anything given to him, as the Eagles also have rookie first-round pick Jalen Reagor and veteran speedster Marquise Goodwin as options to handle wideout snaps opposite DeSean Jackson. That said, coach Doug Pederson claims Reagor will start off learning the "Z" spot behind Jackson.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman hopes Arcega-Whiteside can "take a big jump" in 2020, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
The Eagles' failure to add wideout talent early in the offseason has drawn criticism, prompting Roseman to tell reporters the following: "I don't feel like the cupboard is as bare as you're describing. Doesn't mean we're ready to roll there." One aspect of Roseman's logic is that Arcega-Whiteside is now fully healthy, whereas last offseason he entered the NFL with lower body injuries (something that wasn't reported publicly at the time). The young wideout dealt with heel, leg and foot ailments at various points throughout his rookie season, ultimately catching 10 passes on 486 offensive snaps. The Eagles are hoping for better health and better production from each of Arcega-Whiteside, DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery (if he isn't traded), but they also figure to use at least one early draft pick on a wide receiver. There's also time to add a veteran or two, though the top names on the free agent market have already signed elsewhere.
Arcega-Whiteside caught 10 of his 22 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown in 16 games in the 2019 season.
The Eagles famously suffered injury after injury to their receiving corps this season but still could not find a way to get their rookie second-round pick more involved. The 22-year-old saw just seven targets in the season's first three weeks before going six weeks without one. Thanks to attrition, he eventually got worked back into the game plan in the second half of the year but never hauled in more than two balls in a game and again went target-less in Philadelphia's final two contests of the season, including their wild-card loss. With Nelson Agholor likely to sign elsewhere next season, Arcega-Whiteside should get at least one more opportunity to produce in 2020.
Arcega-Whiteside (foot) put in a full practice Friday.
Listed as a limited participant on the Eagles' practice reports Wednesday and Thursday, Arcega-Whiteside will be available for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Giants after closing out the week without any restrictions. With Nelson Agholor (knee) sidelined for yet another game, Greg Ward and Arcega-Whiteside will likely operate as the Eagles' top two wideouts, while Dallas Goedert steps in as the No. 1 tight end for the injured Zach Ertz (ribs/back).
Arcega-Whiteside (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Though Arcega-Whiteside has been listed as limited on both of the Eagles' Week 17 practice reports to date, coach Doug Pederson indicated earlier in the week that the rookie would be okay for Sunday's game against the Giants. With Pederson offering no indication that Arcega-Whiteside's condition has taken a turn for the worse, the main question is whether or not the wideout will carry an injury designation into the weekend. A final decision on Arcega-Whiteside's status will come shortly after Friday's practice.
Arcega-Whiteside (foot) was a limited participant Wednesday in the team's estimated practice report.
Arcega-Whiteside picked up the injury during the Week 16 win over the Cowboys, though the issue is believed to minor. That the rookie was projected to put in a limited practice Wednesday is a positive sign for his availability Sunday against the Giants. With Nelson Agholor (knee) likely to remain sidelined this weekend, Arcega-Whiteside could retain a regular role in three-receiver sets.
Coach Doug Pederson said Arcega-Whiteside is expected to be OK after picking up a foot injury in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Cowboys, but the rookie will undergo additional tests Monday, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.
Based on Pederson's comments, Arcega-Whiteside's tests look to be mostly precautionary in nature, and the coach notably didn't even categorize the wideout as "day-to-day," as he often likes to do with the team's injured players. Arcega-Whiteside's practice time might still be limited, but assuming he's ready to go by the time the Eagles' Week 17 matchup with the Giants arrives, he should retain a regular role in three-receiver sets. The elevated playing time Arcega-Whiteside has gained of late hasn't meant much for fantasy purposes, as he's tallied only seven catches for 126 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets over the past five games.
Arcega-Whiteside was spotted jogging into the Eagles' locker room with an undisclosed injury in the second half of Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Arcega-Whiteside was nursing a foot injury during the week, so perhaps his exit was related to that. He was in and out of the medical tent prior to leaving for the locker room, and Arcega-Whiteside's exit leaves the Eagles with just two healthy wide receivers.
Arcega-Whiteside (foot) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.
The Eagles capped Arcega-Whiteside's practice reps both Thursday and Friday as he dealt with a foot injury. Still, coach Doug Pederson told Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger on Friday morning that Arcega-Whiteside was limited both days as a precautionary measure. With Arcega-Whiteside's status cleared up, he likely will be one of just three healthy wide receivers (also, Greg Ward and Robert Davis) available to the offense Sunday due to Nelson Agholor's (knee) questionable standing.
Arcega-Whiteside (foot) is expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The 22-year-old was limited at Thursday's practice due to the foot injury, but coach Doug Pederson said that was just a precautionary measure. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward may finish the season as the Eagles' top two wide receivers, with Alshon Jeffery (foot) already on injured reserve and Nelson Agholor (knee) potentially being shut down.
Arcega-Whiteside (foot) was limited in practice Thursday.
And another bites the dust. The Eagles' receiving corps has been battered by injuries this season, with Arcega-Whiteside the latest member to be included on the practice report. With Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) on injured reserve and Nelson Agholor (knee) still not able to practice, Greg Ward and Robert Davis are Philadelphia's only healthy wideouts at the moment.
Arcega-Whiteside could not corral either of his two targets in Sunday's 37-27 win over Washington.
Arcega-Whiteside played 71 of 77 offensive snaps in the contest but was not a factor from a statistical standpoint. Among Eagles getting any targets, he saw the fewest while Greg Ward saw nine, turning them into seven catches for 61 yards and a score. Even with all the injuries to Philadelphia's wide receiver group, JJAW doesn't seem likely to provide much fantasy value over the final two weeks.
Arcega-Whiteside is expected to operate as the No. 1 wide receiver Sunday against the Redskins after the Eagles downgraded Nelson Agholor (knee) to out Saturday.
Season-ending injuries to Desean Jackson (abdomen) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) in addition to Agholor's aforementioned issue have opened the door for the rookie second-round pick to take on a critical role against a Redskins defense that sees each of its top three cornerbacks currently listed as questionable for Sunday. Arcega-Whiteside was less than impressive operating as the No. 1 wideout in the rain-soaked Monday night contest against the Giants in Week 14, but with just former practice-squad standouts Greg Ward and Robert Davis listed behind him on the depth chart, the 6-foot-2 big-bodied wideout might see enough volume by default to be a productive fantasy option.
Arcega-Whiteside is expected to start and could function as the Eagles' top outside receiver Sunday against the Redskins, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Arcega-Whiteside's rookie season was expected to be a developmental one while a trio of established veterans (Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor) slotted ahead of him on the depth chart, but the second-round pick suddenly finds himself as the healthiest option of that quartet in Week 15. With Jeffery (foot) joining Jackson (abdomen) on injured reserve this week and Agholor (knee) listed as questionable for Sunday after failing to practice Wednesday through Friday, Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and practice squad addition Robert Davis could all be in line for significant snaps this weekend. An elevated role won't necessarily translate to an abundance of targets for Arcega-Whiteside, however, as tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert remain Carson Wentz's most-trusted options and should rank as higher priorities in the passing game.
Arcega-Whiteside (leg) isn't listed on Wednesday's estimated practice report.
Arcega-Whiteside missed a number of snaps during Monday's overtime win against the Giants, but he looks like he'll be good to go for Week 15. Per Marcus Hayes of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Arcega-Whiteside relayed he wasn't on the field due to cramps but felt OK after receiving IV treatment. Afterward, coach Doug Pederson told Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal that he expected Arcega-Whiteside to be available for Sunday's game at Washington. Assuming no setbacks, Arcega-Whiteside is on pace to do just that with no designation.
Coach Doug Pederson said Arcega-Whiteside (leg) should be fine to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.
The rookie missed some snaps in Monday's 23-17 win over the Giants, but he told Marcus Hayes of The Philadelphia Inquirer afterward that his absence was related to nothing more than cramps. Still, Arcega-Whiteside's health is worth monitoring for Week 15, as the latest injury to Alshon Jeffery (foot) could push the rookie into an every-down role. Jeffery is expected to miss the rest of the season, and Nelson Agholor (knee) has been inactive for two of the past three games. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward were the only healthy wide receivers on the roster as of Wednesday.
Arcega-Whiteside caught two of his three targets for 29 yards in Monday night's 23-17 win over the Giants.
Arcega-Whiteside got just one target in the first half, but even as one of only two healthy Eagles wide receivers after Alshon Jeffery missed the game's latter half with a foot injury, the rookie mustered only two more looks. One of them was a 22-yard catch on third-and-4 that set up the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, however. Still, despite playing a season-high 80 snaps, the Stanford product finished seventh on the team in targets, behind recent practice-squad additions like Greg Ward and Joshua Perkins.
Arcega-Whiteside caught one of his two targets for a 15-yard touchdown in Sunday's 37-31 loss to Miami.
Arcega-Whiteside's first career score put the Eagles up 21-14 at the end of the first half. Despite the play, the rookie would not see a target in the second half. Coach Doug Pederson touted the Stanford product's role in the offense earlier in the week, yet he played two fewer snaps than Greg Ward's 29 while seeing one fewer target.
Arcega-Whiteside is expected to retain a role in the Philadelphia offense behind Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) in Week 13 versus the Dolphins, Les Bowen and EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer report. "J.J. is kind of the guy now," coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. "He's the one that's in that position and he's done some nice things in the games."
Jeffery and Agholor are expected to return from injuries for Week 13 at Miami, but there's still room for the rookie to contribute in the No. 3 receiver role, albeit for a team that often favors two-tight end formations. The Eagles' decision to waive Jordan Matthews on Monday might be taken as a subtle vote of confidence in Arcega-Whiteside, who has caught just five of 13 targets for 86 yards on 249 offensive snaps in 2019. If nothing else, it's a good sign for the rookie's future that Pederson prefers him over Matthews, Mack Hollins and Greg Ward.
Arcega-Whiteside hauled in two of his five targets for 43 yards in the team's Week 12 loss to the Seahawks.
Only five of the team's 45 targets were directed toward Arcega-Whiteside, though he finished second on the team with 43 yards. His first reception came on a short pass which he turned upfield for 13 yards. However, the highlight came with only 23 seconds left in the game, when he nabbed a 30-yard pass down the sideline as he was falling out of bounds. Despite the highlight-reel play, Arcega-Whiteside may find targets even harder to come by in Week 13 against the Dolphins, as one or both of Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) could return.
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