Aragonese JJ Arcega-Whiteside doesn’t make the cut and is out of the Seattle Seahawks

Aragonese JJ Arcega-Whiteside doesn’t make the cut and is out of the Seattle Seahawks

Aragonese player José Joaquín Arcega-Whiteside didn’t make the cut with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday and was left out of the 53 players who will face the 2022 NFL season with the team.

Arcega-Whiteside, a 25-year-old wide receiver who was the first Spanish player to be selected in an NFL draft, arrived in Seattle from the Philadelphia Eagles on August 15 in exchange for defensive back Ugochukwu Amadi.

In 2021, with the Eagles, the Zaragoza man sought to be more versatile and attempted to transition to tight end receiver, which Seahawks coach Pete Carroll credited as a quality that led him to prove himself in Seattle. “We loved how Arceaga left the receiving point to get more involved. He’s an aggressive receiver, strong guy. He was playing tight end for Philadelphia, which we liked because we were looking for someone with that versatility,” Carroll said.

José Joaquín appeared with the Seahawks in Game 2 of the preseason in which the Chicago Bears won 27-11. It has been used on defensive kick return plays as part of special teams. In the final period, he was involved in Seattle’s last three offenses; he didn’t catch either of the two passes thrown at him, including one in the end zone.

JJ came to the NFL in 2019 selected in the second round of that year’s draft by the Eagles, who offered him an four-year contract in exchange for $4.9 million. The Zaragoza-born player shone in American college football at Stanford University, a team with which he had 2,219 yards, 135 receptions and 28 touchdowns in three seasons, statistics that opened the door to the NFL for him .

With Philadelphia had his best year in his first campaign in which he added 169 yards, 10 receptions and one touchdown in the 16 games he has played. In 2020 its production dropped; he had 85 yards and four receptions; it was used in some eight-game action.

The tlast season he had just 36 yards and two receptions; he got a touchdown thanks to a stray fly ball he recovered near the end zone. In three years with the Eagles, he drove in for 290 yards, 16 passes received and two touchdowns. José Joaquín will wait to see if he has a place in Seattle’s practice squad.

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