Pete Carroll: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside brings something unique

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J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was trying to make the Eagles as a tight end before he was traded to the Seahawks on Monday and that deal will push him back to his original position in the NFL.

Arcega-Whiteside will be back at wide receiver, which is where he played at Stanford before becoming a second-round pick in 2019. It’s also where he played three disappointing seasons for the Eagles, including the 2021 campaign that saw him play more special teams than offense.

That downward trajectory soured many in Philly on Arcega-Whiteside, but Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he still sees potential in the player.

“This is a guy we really liked coming out,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “He’s an aggressive catcher. A contested catch guy is what we really liked about him, so strong and physical. He made a lot of big plays. He was a go-to guy in the program at Stanford. He’s unique. He’s a big strong kid. He was 225 [pounds] coming out and he’s like 230 now. He was playing some tight end for them, which we like all of that, that diversity. I’m always looking for unique guys and this guy brings something possibly unique.”

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett head up a Seahawks receiving corps that also has Freddie Swain, Penny Hart, Marquise Goodwin, Dee Eskridge, seventh-round pick Dareke Young, and Aaron Fuller competing for spots.

14 responses to “Pete Carroll: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside brings something unique

  1. We soured on him because he’s done less for this team than Jalen Raegor.. and thats hard to do! Wish him well though.

  2. As a close friend of the organization it is a good manager (coach) who pumps up new hires (players) to get them motivated to succeed at their job (football)

  3. ThAt feeling will change. He drops a lot of balls and can’t create separation. He is big but that’s it. Eagles fan here.

  4. Zero risk move. Not sure he ends up being more than a special teams guy but the WR depth in Seattle is fairly shaky so maybe he contributes as a 4th WR.

  5. He might be big and strong in the weight room but on the field he plays very, very small.

  6. doug and howie said the same thing way back when. jjaw can block, but we never saw the player described by the hopeful aquiring team…..

  7. Pete is really caking the lipstick on the pig. The Seahawks are guaranteed to finish last in the NFC West for the foreseeable future. Be interesting to see how the 12’s fill up seats this year.

  8. Sorry Pete but that guy you described no longer exists. He is as soft as they come. Can’t catch, is a poor route runner. He doesn’t have the drive or focus to be a NFL WR. Eagles tried converting him to TE and he wasn’t good. Oh well…he is the Seahawks problem now.

  9. He certainly brings something unique: the ability to not create separation or any meaningful yardage in total over several seasons as a starter.

  10. He will be twice the player he was in Philly just because he is not in Philly now. Even with who they have at QB he still has someone better than Philly ever had throwing him the ball. And better coaching too. He is not a start but he is better than Philly got out of him.

  11. Did I just read he has someone better in Seattle throwing him the ball? Drew Lock and Geno Smith are his QB. Wentz and Hurts are way better. He could have Brady throwing him the ball but he drops passes, can’t get open. He also isn’t a guarantee to make their team. He is listed as 8th on their depth chart and DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Marquise Goodwin and Freddie Swain will all make the roster.

  12. lawrence stacy….what WR have got out of Philly and found success elsewhere? Nelson Agholor? Jordan Matthews? Riley Cooper? Hank Baskett? None of those guys did anything after we moved on from them. DeSean Jackson wasn’t the same away from the Eagles and never played another full season and two teams got rid of him. Maclin wasn’t as good as he was in his final year here and had to retire early due to injuries. Andy Reid let him go after two years. So unless you are going all the way back to Cris Carter, nobody in recent memory has been successful elsehwhere that played WR for the Eagles.

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