The only Spaniard in the NFL is left without a team at the gates of the start of the season

The Spanish 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 catcher, the first first Spanish player to be chosen in an NFL Draftcame to Seattle from the philadelphia eagles on Aug. 15 for defensive back Ugochukwu Amadi.

In 2021, with the Eagles, the player sought to be more versatile and attempted to transition 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 have more involvement. He’s an aggressive receiver, a strong guy. He was playing tight end for Philadelphia which we liked because we were looking for someone with that versatility,” Carroll said.

JJ appeared with the Seahawks in the week two preseason game in which the Chicago Bears won 27-11.

It was used on defensive kick return plays as part of special teams. In the fourth quarter he participated in Seattle’s final three offenses; he didn’t 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 Saragossa shone in college football in the United States in the Stanford Universitya team with which he accumulated 2,219 yards, 135 receptions and 28 touchdowns in three seasons, statistics that opened the door for him to the NFL.

With Philadelphia he had his best year in his debut campaign in which he added 169 yards, 10 receptions and one touchdown during the 16 games in which he had action.

In 2020 its production fell; he had 85 yards and four receptions; he was used in some action for eight games.

Last season he had only 36 yards and two receptions.; he got a touchdown thanks to a loose ball that he recovered near the end zone.

In three years with the Eagles he produced 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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The only Spaniard in the NFL is left without a team at the gates of the start of the season