JJAW Best Served In Slot?: "Q&A" with Quintin Mikell, Jason Avant
Third-year Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is fighting for his job this summer at training camp after two disappointing seasons since being selected in the second round out of Stanford in the 2019 NFL Draft. Former Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant, an assistant last year to Eagles wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead, said Arcega-Whiteside isn't naturally fluid enough to win consistently on the perimeter but added that the receiver's best chance to succeed comes in the slot, where more restricted routes and the receiver's basketball pedigree could help him get open against interior defenders. "If you look beyond the way it looks, there is some value there," Avant said on the latest "Q&A on Inside The Birds. "If you give him a couple routes and you give him the ability to be himself, which is a natural basketball payer, he will come up with a way to get open. "But I don't think getting open on the lines and according to, like, [route-running like] everyone else is the proper protocol for him. He understands the subtlety of playing the position, if you allow it. If you're just looking at him, you say he's not going to get open in the traditional manner. He's not fluid enough for that."
Avant and former Eagles Pro Bowl safety Quintin Mikell also took a stroll down memory lane, recalling their 59-28 triumph over Donovan McNabb and the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field in 2010, a game known as "The Monday Night Massacre." After a pre-game scuffle, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick hit DeSean Jackson for an 88-yard touchdown bomb on the game's first play, and the rest was history. "After that it was like ... this is it, we're about to blow them out," Mikell recalled. "There are very few games where I felt like every single play worked. That game for our offense ... it was like Madden. They couldn't do anything to stop us." Listen to the entire "Q&A on Inside The Birds" show here:
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