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Eagles make surprising decision to disappoint WR

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There will be a fight for the backup tight end spot at training camp, and one of the contenders for that spot will be a player drafted as a wide receiver. JJ Arcega-Whiteside is switching positions for the Philadelphia Eagles after three unproductive seasons, according to The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

He will have the opportunity to fight for second place behind Dallas Goedert. Arcega-Whiteside is still listed on the team’s official roster as a receiver – at 6ft 2 and 225lbs – and his transition begins once players report for offseason practice on Monday, April 25. He will try to steal snaps away from tight ends Tyree Jackson, Jack Stoll, Noah Togiai and Richard Rodgers. remarked McLane that Arcega-Whiteside “gained weight during winter training and accepted the move to a new position.” So there you have it, the first surprise move of the offseason comes a week before the NFL Draft.

Arcega-Whiteside was a second round pick by Stanford in 2019 (57th overall). The 25-year-old, who is known as a sound blocker and special teams contributor, is struggling to carve out a role as a reliable receiver. He has only 16 receptions for 290 yards and 1 touchdown in 40 regular-season games. His only reception result came to a 15 meter shot by Carson Wentz in 2019. Arcega-Whiteside also has a touchdown from a Miles Sanders’ fumbling recovery in 2020.

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It’s not clear if the idea of ​​switching Arcega-Whiteside from receiver to tight end came from Nick Sirianni or someone higher up the food chain. It’s no small secret that general manager Howie Roseman wields uncontrolled power over personnel decisions. But this move feels like a Sirianni decision, especially when you look back at the manager’s year-end comments on the development of his fledgling receiving corps. And specifically Arcega-Whiteside ability to block.

“You have that blocking element of JJ [Arcega-Whiteside]’ Sirianni said on Jan. 19. “JJ has done a really good job in his enforcer role this year. From our guy who walked out and got blocked when we needed him to pave the way for the #1 rush offense in the NFL.

“And I don’t want to say pave the way. We know our offensive line and our tight ends, and our back paves the way. But that’s a very underrated position in the blocking wide receiver because sometimes they turn 5-yard runs into 15-yard runs or 20-yard runs or 8-yard runs into 28-yard runs.”

The List of Eagles home and away opponents has been set in stone for months, but the dates and times for those games have yet to be announced. The big reveal of the 2022 schedule will finally happen on May 12 at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network, according to a league press release.

Individual clubs may announce their first home game opponent on May 12 at 6:00 p.m. The single ticket sale goes on sale after the announcement of the respective game. Stay tuned for schedule leaks in the coming days.

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