The only Spaniard in the NFL finds himself without a team at the gates of the start of the season
The Spaniard Jose Joaquin Arcega-Whiteside did not pass this Tuesday the cut with the Seattle Seahawks and was left out of the 53 players who will face the 2022 season with the team. NFL.
Arcega-Whiteside, a 25-year-old receiver, the first first Spanish player to be chosen in an NFL draftcame to Seattle from Philadelphia Eagles on August 15 for defensive back Ugochukwu Amadi.
In 2021, with the Eagles, the player was looking to be more versatile and attempted to go from wide receiver to tight endsomething that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recognized as a quality that led him to prove himself in Seattle.
“We loved how Arceaga came out of the receiving closet 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. one with that versatility,” Carroll said.
JJ appeared with the Seahawks in the second week preseason game 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 did not catch either of the two passes sent to himone of them to the end zone.
Arcega Whiteside came to the NFL in 2019 selected in the second round of the Draft that year by the Eagles, who offered him a four-year contract in exchange for 4.9 million dollars.
The born in Zaragoza shone in college football in the United States in the Stanford Universitya team with which he has accumulated 2,219 yards, 135 receptions and 28 touchdowns in three seasons, statistics that open the door to the NFL.
With Philadelphia, he had his best year in his first campaign in which he added 169 yards, 10 receptions and a touchdown in the 16 games he played.
In 2020 its production dropped; he had 85 yards and four receptions; it was used in some eight-game action.
Last 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. JJ will wait to see if he fits into Seattle’s practice squad.
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