Jeffrey Lurie reveals who the Eagles almost drafted over JJ Arcega-Whiteside
It’s no secret the Eagles’ draft picks have missed the mark over the last couple of seasons, most notably in the wide receiver room.
The Eagles’ decision to draft J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft was arguably one of the worst selections in franchise history.
Over three seasons, he has recorded just 290 yards and one touchdown despite appearing in 40 games. Although JJAW is still on the roster, he’s currently at the bottom of the depth chart, putting up embarrassingly low numbers.
Meanwhile, several other receivers who were drafted after Arcega-Whiteside are now among the NFL’s best.
Yesterday, Jeffrey Lurie spoke with the media and revealed why Philadelphia landed on JJAW in the draft.
According to Lurie, the Eagles were stuck between Parris Campbell and Arcega-Whiteside but ended up passing on Campbell due to a soft-tissue injury. The Indianapolis Colts ended up taking him just two picks later. Lurie left the decision up to Howie Roseman and clarified that he’s the least involved in football operations as he’s ever been.
Neither wideout has panned out, with Campbell recording just 360 yards receiving in three seasons. After all the speculation that Metcalf could’ve been in Philly, he wasn’t even on the Eagles’ radar.
The team could look to take a first-round wide receiver for the third consecutive season after attending the Pro Days for Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, and Christian Watson last week.
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