Seattle does without Arcega-Whiteside: the NFL, without the Spaniards
The possibility existed and was hidden, and although Jose Joaquin Arcega-Whiteside He did everything to make sure that didn’t happen, that it finally happened. The Spanish player, so far the only one in the NFL after the retirement of Alejandro Villanueva, did not enter into the plans of the Seattle Seahawks, team to which JJ belonged and which formalized yesterday its workforce for the start of the season. Among the 53 names that make up the team is not Arcega-Whiteside, who after four years in the best league in the world now faces a difficult crossroads after being cut for the first time.
JJ’s efforts were ultimately in vain. At the start of the preseason, still with the Philadelphia Eagles, Zaragoza decided to stop being a receiver to focus on the “tight end” position, where he had more chances of getting a place. Despite this, A few weeks ago, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Ugochukwu Amadi. In the Washington State franchise, Arcega-Whiteside was hoping for a fresh start, even returning to playing catcher and focusing his efforts on special teams. The words of his new coach, Pete Carroll, invited to be optimistic about the possibility of seeing the Spaniard one more year in the NFL. “We loved how he looked to have more participation. He is an aggressive and powerful receiver. That with Philadelphia, he was a tight end that we liked, because we were looking for someone with that versatility.”
The good news did not finally arrive, and Arcega-Whiteside was not among the six receivers who will make up the roster of the Seattle Seahawks, a team that is going through a deep reconstruction. No longer with the Sea Hawks, JJ’s history with that franchise boils down to two preseason games since his transfer, highlighting the game against the Chicago Bears. After taking part in the special teams games, José Joaquín took a place in the last attacks, although he was unable to catch the two passes that came his way. One of them, in fact, would have been a great touchdown that could have changed his fate in the team, but the ball slipped out of his hands.
After being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2019 Draft (the first Spaniard in history selected in this event) in front of other renowned receivers, such as DK Metcalf, Arcega-Whiteside’s career has been full of shadows. Although he landed in the NFL after becoming Stanford University’s top receiver, JJ never got the opportunities he needed with the Eagles, where the coach and quarterback wouldn’t let him. not trust. In three years in Philadelphia, the Spaniard played 40 games, during which he caught 16 of 35 passes aimed at him for a total of 290 yards and a touchdown (in addition to another which he succeeded after a ‘fumble’). In recent years, the 25-year-old’s work has focused on special teams, a body in which he has found a niche that has allowed him to continue in the league.
Despite being cut by Seattle, JJ still has options to return to the NFL. Today opens the period of “waivers”, during which the 32 teams that make up the league can choose and claim all the players who have been excused in the last hours., either to integrate them into their definitive squads, or into the “training squad”, in which a handful of men wait for their chance while training with the team. Additionally, the NFL is a competition where injuries are the order of the day, and it is very common that throughout the year there are moves to fill the voids left by seriously injured players. While waiting to find out what his next chapter will be, the NFL remains without Spanish representation for the moment, since the defeat of JJ joins that of Alejandro Villanueva, who retired last March after seven prolific seasons. Arcega-Whiteside, meanwhile, will continue to push hard for a place in the best league on the planet.
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