Eagles’ Roseman talks keeping Arcega-Whiteside

The Philadelphia Eagles got their roster down to 53 on Tuesday, and there were some surprises. Philadelphia waived wide receivers Travis Fulgham and John Hightower as 2019 second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was able to stay on as the fifth wideout for the team.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman explained why the team decided to release Fulgham and Hightower.

“I think the first thing is with [WR] Travis [Fulgham], here’s a guy who obviously had a heck of a stretch for us last year. And we looked at it that this was a new year and this was a new beginning, and we wanted to go based on what we saw and take the whole process into play.

“When you talk about [WR] J.J. [Arcega-Whiteside] and what he did during camp and his contributions on offense, his willingness and his desire to be an excellent special teams player, which you saw during the preseason, and the whole picture of that and how it fits into the group at receiver.

“And then, when you talk about numbers – again, we don’t look at it just as who we’re keeping on the 53. We look at it as who we’re keeping on the 70. So, we try to figure out to the best that we can — obviously, a lot is going to happen in the next 24 hours — about how that puzzle comes about.

“We’ve always been like this here, and one of the things we talked about a lot when we were interviewing Coach [Sirianni] and really throughout this whole process being together is how we want this to look. That’s why you see we’re so heavy on the offensive line and defensive line. It’s a priority for us. When you do that, you’re going to have to make sacrifices at some other spots.”

Last season, Fulgham, 25, had 38 catches for 539 yards and four touchdowns. The third-year receiver had a stretch of three straight games with a touchdown reception, while the 25-year-old Hightower, a 2020 fifth-round pick, had ten catches for 167 yards.

Here is a list of players released by the Eagles on Tuesday:

Released the following players:

  • Andrew Adams
  • Le’Raven Clark
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • DT Hassan Ridgeway
  • TE Richard Rodgers
  • CB Kevon Seymour

Waived the following players:

  • Grayland Arnold
  • G/T Kayode Awosika
  • WR Travis Fulgham
  • WR John Hightower
  • RB Jason Huntley
  • CB Michael Jacquet
  • CB Craig James
  • DE Matt Leo
  • Sua Opeta
  • WR Andre Patton
  • C/G Ross Pierschbacher
  • Elijah Riley
  • LB JaCoby Stevens
  • DT Raequan Williams

Placed the following players on Reserve/Injured:

  • Blake Countess

Placed the following players on Reserve/COVID-19:

  • DT T.Y. McGill

Eagles’ Wentz on Fulgham: ‘He’s a baller’

On Sunday, at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles(1-4-1) started slow on offense against the Baltimore Ravens, but the offense finally came alive in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia would score 22 points in the quarter, and quarterback Carson Wentz would throw two touchdowns and run for another. However, with a chance to tie the game, Wentz and the Eagles failed on the two-point conversion, and Philadelphia would lose to Baltimore(5-1) 30-28.

Another player that came alive for the Eagles in the fourth quarter was WR Travis Fulgham. The second-year receiver had three catches for 38 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Also, Fulgham forced a pass interference call on Marcus Peters that ultimately set up the Eagles final touchdown. Fulgham led the Eagles with six receptions for 75 yards on Sunday.

“He’s a baller,” Wentz said about Fulgham after the game. “I said last week, I see it in practice. It’s good to just see these guys get their chance and make plays.”

Fulgham had his first 100-yard receiving game of his career last week against the Steelers and is establishing himself as Wentz’s go-to guy. In three games, Fulgham has 18 receptions for 284 yards and three receiving touchdowns. 

“It means a lot that [Eagles QB] Carson [Wentz] trusts me now, and we continue to build on it,” Fulgham said. “I just wish I could’ve made more plays for the team, and we just need to do more to get the win.”

Wentz trusted Fulgham in the fourth quarter as he threw the ball up for grabs in the end zone on 4th & 9, and Fulgham went up and grabbed the ball out the air for the touchdown. After the game, Fulgham discussed what happened on the play.

“Wentz made a check at the line,” he said. “It was a great check. And he placed the ball at the right spot, floated it up, and let me get a chance to go up and get it.”

The Eagles are struggling right now, and injuries are a big reason for those struggles. Still, the good thing that has come from the injuries is young guys are getting an opportunity to play, and Fulgham is taking advantage of this opportunity.