Eagles’ J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Changing Positions
Former second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is changing positions.
The former wide receiver will try to convert to become a tight end, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Arcega-Whiteside is "embracing the position change.
So far Arcega-Whiteside has been a total disappointment as a wide out, catching just 16 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown in 40 games since being drafted in 2019.
He has been mostly been used as a blocker and special teams, but will try to change positions as he enters his fourth NFL season.
The Eagles are thin behind Dallas Goedert, with Jack Stoll, Richard Rogers, Noah Togai are still on the roster.
At at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he is a bit small for the tight position, but it might be his only hope to stick around, as he is simply not a good enough athlete to compete at wide receiver.
The No. 57 overall pick of the 2019 Draft, had just two catches in 2021 and caught just 10 of his 23 targets as a rookie in 2019.
While at Stanford, he piled up huge numbers, with 135 catches, 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns. He led the Pac-12 with 14 touchdowns as a junior, before entering the draft.
He was viewed as a big-bodied deep threat with great ability to make the contested catch, but that hasn't translated to the NFL.