The Eagles selected rookie receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of the NFL Draft from Stanford, and he's expected to be the No. 4 receiver for Philadelphia this year. The Eagles have an established trio of receivers ahead of Arcega-Whiteside on the depth chart with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor, which should limit the Fantasy value for Arcega-Whiteside as a rookie. Along with that, the Eagles also have Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and running backs who catch the ball out of the backfield to compete with Arcega-Whiteside for targets. He's only worth a late-round flier in deep seasonal leagues, and he's a third-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
Arcega-Whiteside likely will see more work than most No. 4 wide receivers, as well as red-zone looks, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Arcega-Whiteside has opened eyes this preseason, leading the team with 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown so far. The rookie has shown he knows how to use his 6-foot-2 frame in the red zone and will be employed as a weapon there. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson missed seven games combined last year, so there is a good chance the Stanford product will make a few starts throughout the season as well.
Arcega-Whiteside caught eight of nine targets for 104 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 26-15 preseason loss to the Ravens. Arcega-Whiteside was dominant in this one, showing off the skills that prompted Philadelphia to select him in the second round of the 2019 draft. The rookie showed great chemistry with Josh McCown, and the pair linked up for a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Eagles fans and fantasy coaches alike must be salivating at the thought of Arcega-Whiteside working with Carson Wentz after seeing this performance. Out of the gate this season, Arcega-Whiteside figures to work behind Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and DeSean Jackson, but that's an arrangement that could put him an injury away from a fantasy-worthy role.
Arcega-Whiteside caught two of four targets for 23 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Titans. The rookie lined up with the first-team offense as Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson got the night off, and his 12-yard grab in the first quarter kicked off the Eagles' first of two scoring drives on the night. Arcega-Whiteside didn't put together a dazzling preseason debut, but he still has a chance to carve out a role in the regular season as a big, physical target for Carson Wentz.
Arcega-Whiteside dominated red-zone drills during the Eagles' offseason program, according to Mike Kaye of NJ.com. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, the second-round pick is coming off a senior season with 14 of Stanford's 29 touchdown receptions, including a slew of contested catches in the red zone. Far from a one-year wonder, Arcega-Whiteside also hit paydirt nine times in 2017 for a run-heavy Cardinal offense that threw for just 23 scores. He now faces a difficult path to regular snaps in Philadelphia, where Alshon Jeffery (ribs), DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor (lower body) will form the regular grouping in three-wide formations. Arcega-Whiteside's best chance at an immediate role entails the red zone, an area that's accounted for just 12 of Jackson's 53 career touchdown catches.
The Eagles selected Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 57th overall. Arcega-Whiteside (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) is a big wideout with a rich skill set and the ability to play both the slot and outside at a high level. While he lacks standout athleticism (4.49-second 40), Arcega-Whiteside's route running and ball skills are off the charts, showing an innate ability to set himself in an advantageous position and winning the vast majority of jump-ball situations. Arcega-Whiteside's box-out ability in the end zone is about the closest that you get to a pro wrestling-style finishing move in football. At Stanford, it seemed to surface so frequently it felt almost scripted, and his college stats seem to bear that out (28 touchdowns on 135 career catches). It's a deep pass-catching corps in Philadelphia, so JJAW is more of a long-term asset than an immediate one, but he's not the kind of guy you want to bet against.
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|4||09/27||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|5||10/06||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|11||11/17||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|14||12/10||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|17||12/29||@New York Giants||10||20.75|