J.J. Arcega-Whiteside feels ready to step up for Eagles

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The Eagles saw wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery leave last Sunday’s loss to the Falcons with injuries and it looks like both players may continue to be sidelined when the Lions come to Philadelphia this weekend.

That would lead to expanded roles for several players, including second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. He played 75 snaps against Atlanta after playing five snaps when everyone was healthy in Week One, but only caught one pass for four yards during that playing time.

Arcega-Whiteside believes he’s capable of providing more.

“I’m ready,” Arcega-Whiteside said, via the team’s website. “That’s what I’ve dreamed about. That’s why I’m here, to help this team win.”

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said this summer that he thought the rookie could be an explosive piece of the offense. Seeing that prediction come to fruition would be a major relief for a shorthanded offense.

4 responses to “J.J. Arcega-Whiteside feels ready to step up for Eagles

  1. Well JJ, you were drafted to be Alshon’s replacement when his time as an Eagle expires. It’s time to step in and see how you fit, are you a playmaker or just a pretender. Good luck.

  2. Remember a few weeks ago when people were saying JJ looks good enough to make Alshon trade-able?

    Raise your hand if you still think that after watching JJ become invisible on Sunday night while taking Alshon’s place.

  3. Whiteside needs to get starter reps throughout a whole week or two, the outside routes are predicated on the QB and WR being on the same page. The Eagles run a read offense, so if the CB is taking an inside track then the route turns to the sideline, if the CB is on the outside the route continues up and inside. Whiteside and Wentz haven’t run those plays together very much at all, this is one of the arguments to be made that the Starting QB needs to play in preseason games . . . so they aren’t learning each other’s tendencies in a live game once a starting WR goes down.

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