Winners and losers from Philadelphia Eagles training camp thus far.
We are officially nine practices into training camp, and we’ve started to get a much clearer picture on who the “locks” for the roster are, and who is on the outside looking in. The Philadelphia Eagles have had a handful of players surprise here through the first two weeks of camp, and they’ve definitely had a handful of players disappoint.
With no preseason games being played this year due to COVID-19, a player’s training camp performance is really all the coaching staff has to go off of when it’s time to make those ever dreaded roster cuts. With all that said, here are the three biggest winners and losers through the team’s first nine official practices:
Winner: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR
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The second year wideout needed to have a really good training camp in 2020, and so far, he’s done just that.
Despite being the team’s second-round pick, JJ Arcega-Whiteside had a flat out disastrous rookie season. He couldn’t create any sort of separation off the line of scrimmage, he routinely looked confused as to what route he was supposed to run, and it was reported that he really struggled with the Eagles offensive playbook.
Howie Roseman went out and added three new rookie wide receivers this offseason, really putting the pressure on JJAW to perform. If he were to come into another year with the footwork of a punter, there were multiple guys behind him waiting to take his place.
Despite all the speculation regarding his role in the offense, JJAW has come into training camp this year and has done nothing but impress. He looks noticeably leaner, he’s gotten a lot of snaps with the first team offense, and he capped it all off with a monster three TD performance during Wednesday’s practice.
JJAW had a really good training camp/preseason last year, so this is nothing to write home about just yet. At the very least however, the former Stanford WR should be starting the season getting starter-level snaps.