JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s journey in the NFL has not been easy for three years, so The Spaniard has to reinvent himself this summer. Chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2019 Draft, the Zaragoza native has not lived up to expectations (16 receptions and two touchdowns in 40 games), which is why he has made a drastic change in his career: He will no longer perform the duties of receiver, but becomes a tight end.
As reported by Jeff McLane, Arcega-Whiteside has decided to make this change, something not very common in the NFL, with the clear objective of continuing to make a place for themselves in the league. In this last campaign, his production as a wide receiver had not been ideal, but, nevertheless, He did fulfill his blocking duties, something he will do much more as a tight end. His physical conditions (1.88 meters and 102 kilos) allow this transition to a position that requires greater corpulence, and where The threat when receiving balls will be especially in the end zone, where size and not speed prevail. In addition, he will continue to participate in special teams.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason begins on April 25, the day Arcega-Whiteside will begin developing his new duties. This summer is especially important for the only Spaniard in the NFL (Alejandro Villanueva retired a few weeks ago), who as a catcher had a difficult time getting into the final squad, to which Only 53 players access. As a tight end, he will have to fight against players like Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Noah Togiai, Jack Stoll or Tyree Jackson. If he manages to stand out above several of them, Arcega-Whiteside will earn the job to begin his fourth year in the NFLthis time from a totally different position.