JJ Arecega-Whiteside primarily played on the outside down on the farm and ran a pretty standard route tree, but when tasked with creating space via pure technique he impressed. He has a nuanced approach to route running, that even when it looks like he is doing something simple he’s baiting defensive backs with each step.
Dante Pettis led 49ers receivers with five touchdowns last season — that's it.
There’s no doubt they need a receiver who can find the endzone and Arcega-Whiteside might be the cure. Arcega-Whiteside grabbed more than triple the amount of touchdowns last season than any 49er with 14 of his own scores. Arcega-Whiteside was a former basketball player who turned from a bucket-getter to a certified touchdown-getter. Arcega-Whiteside grabbed six touchdowns in Stanford’s first two games to start 2018 — on only 11 receptions (that’s not a typo).
Both of Arcega-Whiteside’s parents were pro basketball players in Europe while Arcega-Whiteside himself was an all-state high school basketball player in North Carolina and it shows. Arcega-Whiteside knows how to use his size not to just outjump his receivers, but contort his body to get the football in any situation. When the ball is up in the air Arcega-Whiteside comes down with it almost not matter what. Defensive backs can hold, tackle and mug Arcega-Whiteside, but it just doesn’t work. It’s almost not fair for defenders.