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Eagles’ J.J. Arcega-Whiteside will be pass-catching option to ‘lean on,’ per coach

J.J Arcega-Whiteside, Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles’ shallow receiving corps took an early hit when rookie wideout Jalen Reagor landed on injured reserve with a UCL tear in his thumb.

Things have grown even more bleak with veteran Alshon Jeffrey being ruled out for a Week 3 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, though Jeffrey has reportedly made progress on the practice field.

In any case, the Eagles are in need of playmakers, and head coach Doug Pederson said during a Friday media session the team will be looking to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to be the top pass-catching option.

Pederson also noted Arcega-Whiteside could wear multiple hats as the Eagles hope to generate more consistent offense (via Glenn Erby of USA TODAY):

Pederson mentioned Arcega-Whiteside as a player he has a ton of “confidence” in and his value comes in the Eagles being able to utilize the former Stanford star in “multiple” positions.

The Eagles were high on Arcega-Whiteside coming into the offseason, which partially explains the team’s offseason inactivity with respect to the receiving corps.

However, the former Stanford standout has hardly gotten a chance to prove his worth.

Arcega-Whiteside has just two targets on zero receptions on the year, and was on the field for just 23 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 2.

Injuries are likely to result in a higher snap count for Arcega-Whiteside in Week 3, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz might hope to exploit his big-play potential.

Arcega-Whiteside averaged 16.9 yards per reception last season, and the Eagles are in desperate need of game-breakers as they look for their first win of 2020.