J. J. Arcega-Whiteside

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J. J. Arcega-Whiteside
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Arcega-Whiteside with Stanford in 2018
No. 82 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-12-31) December 31, 1996 (age 25)
Utebo, Zaragoza, Spain
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Dorman
(Roebuck, South Carolina)
College:Stanford (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receptions:16
Receiving yards:290
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

José Joaquín Arcega-Whiteside (/ɑːrˈθɡə/ ar-THAY-gə;[1] born December 31, 1996) is a Spanish-born American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Arcega-Whiteside was born in Utebo, Spain, on December 31, 1996, and moved to South Carolina in the United States when he was six.[2] He attended Paul M. Dorman High School in Roebuck, South Carolina. During his career, he had 207 receptions for 3,779 yards and 38 touchdowns.[3][4] Arcega-Whiteside committed to Stanford University to play college football.

College career[edit]

After redshirting his first year at Stanford in 2015, Arcega-Whiteside played in 12 games as a sophomore, recording 24 receptions for 379 yards and five touchdowns.[5] As a junior in 2017, he had 48 receptions for 781 yards and nine touchdowns.[6][7] As a senior in 2018, he had a season record of 63 receptions for 1,059 yards and 14 touchdowns.[8] After the season, Arcega-Whiteside declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.[9]

College statistics
Season GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
2016 10 24 379 15.8 5
2017 11 48 781 16.3 9
2018 12 63 1,059 16.8 14
Career 33 135 2,219 16.4 28

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
33+14 in
(0.84 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.50 s 1.58 s 2.64 s 4.41 s 7.23 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[10][11][12]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Arcega-Whiteside in a game against the Washington Redskins in 2019

Arcega-Whiteside was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (57th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[13][14] In Week 13, in the 37–31 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Arcega-Whiteside caught one pass for 15 yards for his first professional touchdown.[15] Overall in 2019, he caught ten passes for 169 yards and one touchdown.[16]

In Week 6 of the 2020 season against the Baltimore Ravens, Arcega-Whiteside caught his first two-point conversion and recovered a Miles Sanders fumble for a touchdown in the 30–28 loss.[17] Arcega-Whiteside was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Eagles on November 19, 2020,[18] and activated on December 2.[19] Overall, his second season was less productive, catching only 4 passes over 8 games played.

Arcega-Whiteside entered the 2021 season fifth on the Eagles wide receiver depth chart. He was placed on injured reserve on January 10, 2022.[20] He finished the season with just two catches for 39 yards and no touchdowns through 16 games.

During the 2022 offseason, Arcega-Whiteside converted from wide receiver to tight end.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On August 15, 2022, Arcega-Whiteside was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Ugo Amadi.[21] He was waived on August 30, 2022 and signed to the practice squad the next day.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Both of his parents, Joaquín Arcega and Valorie Whiteside, played professional basketball in Spain. Arcega is Spanish and Whiteside is an American from South Carolina. Valorie Whiteside played college basketball at Appalachian State and is the all-time leading scorer in women's basketball for the Southern Conference. She later played professionally in Europe and met Joaquín Arcega in Spain. Two of Arcega's uncles, Fernando Arcega and José Arcega, also played basketball professionally in Spain and represented Spain in the Olympics.[24][25]

While at Stanford, Arcega-Whiteside majored in international relations. He interned with the office of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanford wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside reflects on growth as a player, ideal role in the NFL. YouTube. April 14, 2018. Event occurs at 0:00. Retrieved September 2, 2022 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (September 5, 2018). "Stanford's Spanish-born Arcega-Whiteside is en fuego". SFChronicle.com. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  3. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (September 14, 2017). "Stanford's J.J. Arcega-Whiteside went from world-traveler to go-to receiver". SFGate. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Castello, Bob (December 4, 2014). "Dorman wideout Arcega-Whiteside receives Gatorade honor". Greenville News. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "JJ Arcega-Whiteside 2016 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Dubow, Josh (September 5, 2018). "Dorman alum JJ Arcega-Whiteside emerges for Stanford". GoUpstate.com. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "JJ Arcega-Whiteside 2017 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "JJ Arcega-Whiteside 2018 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside declares for draft". AP NEWS. January 4, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  11. ^ "J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford, WR, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  12. ^ "JJ Arcega-Whiteside 2019 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  13. ^ Wesseling, Chris (April 26, 2019). "Eagles select Miles Sanders, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside". NFL.com. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Frank, Reuben (April 27, 2019). "Why we all slept through Eagles draft pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside's Stanford career". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  15. ^ "Bag of tricks helps Dolphins rally past Eagles 37–31". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "JJ Arcega-Whiteside 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  17. ^ "Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles – October 18th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  18. ^ "Eagles place four players on COVID-19 lists". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. November 19, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  19. ^ McPherson, Chris (December 2, 2020). "Eagles activate TE Zach Ertz, WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside; place T Lane Johnson on Injured Reserve". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  20. ^ McPherson, Chris (January 10, 2022). "Eagles make several roster moves on Monday". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  21. ^ Bowman, Paul (August 15, 2022). "Eagles Part Ways With JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Acquire Ugo Amadi". SportsTalkPhilly.com. Retrieved August 15, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Boyle, John (August 30, 2022). "Seahawks Make Roster Moves, Establish Initial 2022 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com.
  23. ^ Boyle, John (August 31, 2022). "Seahawks Sign 12 To Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  24. ^ Gutman, Harold (September 8, 2018). "Stanford receiver gains an edge because of basketball skills". The Mercury News. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  25. ^ McManus, Tim (May 22, 2019). "Eagles rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside and his guardian angels". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  26. ^ Berman, Zach (May 8, 2019). "J.J. Arecega-Whiteside's connection to Condoleezza Rice, the compensatory pick formula, May additions | Early Birds". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 3, 2022.

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