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.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/05||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|13||12/06||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|14||12/13||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|3 Year Avg||22||10||169||1||7||16.90||22|