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Eagles' newest wide receiver Marquise Goodwin picks jersey number

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Eagles' newest wide receiver Marquise Goodwin picks jersey number

When the high-speed blur that is Marquise Goodwin eventually sprints across the grass at Lincoln Financial Field, you might able to make out the number 13.

Goodwin announced in an Instagram video Monday his decision to wear No. 13 with the Eagles, a week after he wondered aloud about which jersey number to wear.

Here's a mockup of Goodwin wearing 13 in the Eagles' all-white uniform, courtesy of his Instagram:

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Last week, Goodwin was fielding suggestions during a YouTube Live Q&A when he joked about racing JJ Arcega-Whiteside for 19, but it looks like Goodwin will let the second-year wideout keep his number.

The number 13 has an... interesting recent history. Most recently worn by Nelson Agholor, fans might have some brutal flashbacks if Goodwin drops an easy pass next season. Before Agholor, good old Josh Huff wore the 13. So, yeah.

Goodwin previously wore 88 in Buffalo and 11 in San Francisco.

Here's where the Eagles' wide receiver jersey numbers stand for now, with more to come:

10: DeSean Jackson
13: Marquise Goodwin
16: John Hightower (requested)
17: Alshon Jeffery
18: Jalen Reagor
19: JJ Arcega-Whiteside
83: Shelton Gibson
84: Greg Ward

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JJ Arcega-Whiteside talks trade rumors, injuries, and Carson Wentz relationship

JJ Arcega-Whiteside talks trade rumors, injuries, and Carson Wentz relationship

JJ Arcega-Whiteside had a rocky transition to the NFL in 2019, never meshing in Doug Pederson's offense. The rookie caught just 10 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown, not what you're looking for from a second-round pick.

With the Eagles overhauling the wide receiver position, his place in the team's future isn't exactly clear.

In a new interview with Spanish football podcast 100 Yardas, Arcega-Whiteside sat down for a lengthy interview in which he touched on, among other things, his rookie year and what the future holds.

I've transcribed a few interesting answers from the hour-plus interview below.

On his own injury struggles

Arcega-Whiteside talked about his, and the entire wide receiver room's, battles with injuries at multiple points in the interview, including this wild answer about needing help to go to the bathroom in the morning becaus he was so banged-up:

JJAW: Las lesiones fue el problema más grande. Porque yo estaba lesionado y las lesiones de todos los demás, porque yo también tenía algunas de lesiones, pero no tan mal con los otros. Aun así, cada mañana tenía que pedir a alguien que me ayudara a ir al baño, así de mal estaba.

INTERVIEWER: ¿En serio?

JJAW: Si, me costaba andar.

Arcega-Whiteside said he needed help because he couldn't walk, which sounds rough, and even though he was active for all 16 regular season games in 2019, it sounds like the physical nature of the league threw Arcega-Whiteside for a loop.

His relationship with Wentz

Arcega-Whiteside was asked about his relationship with Carson Wentz, after the two appeared to struggle to get on the same page for most of the season.

Estamos bien. Hemos estado hablando todo este tiempo. Él ha tenido una hija hace poco. Me ha estado dando consejos sobre perros. Estamos bien.

Pero sí, todo este tiempo ha sido difícil para mí y difícil también para él, porque él tiene sus jugadores, con los que ha estado jugando los últimos años, los All-Stars, los Pro Bowlers, luego las lesiones y yo también lesionado. Es difícil confiar en cualquier otro, si yo hubiera sido él también habría estado mirando a Zach Ertz y Dallas todo el tiempo.

Arcega-Whiteside says, because of injuries and inconsistency, it was tough to form on-field trust with Wentz. So he understood why Wentz threw to guys like Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, and he would've as well.

Trade rumors, and his happiness in Philadelphia

Arcega-Whiteside was asked about a number of trade rumors that swirled during the season - some, the interviewers admitted, were ideas from blogs rather than sourced reports - and whether he's happy in Philadelphia:

INTERVIEWER: ¿Tú estás contento en Filadelfia?

JJAW: Sí. Yo no he hablado con ningún equipo porque no funciona así. Me acuerdo de que después de algunos partidos de la preseason había equipos preguntando por mí. Pero claro, yo había firmado con Filadelfia.

Eso fue bueno, todavía hay interés, creo, pero por ahora estoy en Filadelfia. Me encanta la ciudad, la gente, son los fans más agresivos del mundo, en cualquier que deporte.

Arcega-Whiteside says that he remembers, after his productive preseason games last year, teams were asking about his availability, but he likes being in Philadelphia and loves the fans, who he thinks are the most aggressive in the world, in any sport.

With Jalen Reagor and Marquise Goodwin now in the fold, DeSean Jackson back healthy, and Alshon Jeffery possibly returning for another season, Arcega-Whiteside will have to make some serious strides in Year Two if he expects to have a more productive 2020.

We'll see.

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Marquise Goodwin already lining up races with Eagles' speedy wide receivers

Marquise Goodwin already lining up races with Eagles' speedy wide receivers

New Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is fast.

He ran a 4.27 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine,http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/marquise-goodwin?id=2539964 and is a former U.S. Track & Field competitor. Yeah, that kind of fast.

Eagles fans know about his speedy history, which is why the idea of racing his also-fast teammates came up in a Monday night YouTube Live Q&A Goodwin hosted on his own YouTube account.

Goodwin was fielding plenty of questions, and suggestions, from fans about what number he'll wear with the Eagles. He wore 88 with the Bills and 11 with the 49ers, but seems to be interested in a new number - in part, of course, because 11 is taken here in Philly.

When Goodwin mentioned 19 as one of the suggested numbers that he was considering, some fans let him know it's currently worn by second-year wideout JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

Goodwin's reaction?

"19 is taken?" Goodwin said slyly. "Mmkay. I gotta race him for it."

That's one way to solve it!

Later on, Goodwin was asked whether he's excited to play with also-very-fast Eagles legend DeSean Jackson, and his answer was pretty cool:

"Hell yeah. Yes. Why do I say it like that? I've been on cuz since... well, I don't know him personally. I ain't gonna cap. But I've been a big fan of his since he's been in the league. Since college, really. I got to meet D Jack my senior year in college, so I can't wait to play alongside him. We're gonna do some work, for sure."

Goodwin and Jackson are surprisingly similar in size - Goodwin stands 5-9, Jackson stands 5-10 - and play style, so it'll be awesome to see the two on the same team.

But suddenly, when a fan asked Goodwin about racing Jackson at some point, Goodwin didn't seem so interested in racing his teammates:

"I know y'all are excited about the speed and stuff, and it's cool, but I want to know: What is the infatuation with people wanting fast people to race? Like, answer that please."

Goodwin knows Jackson is a quick dude, so that's probably a smart answer - self preservation! - but I still want to see that race. You know, for science.

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