Nelly’s world: Why Nelson Agholor is set to take over the league this season
30 July 2018 Eagles News
Training camp is in full swing and one player in particular who’s been standing out is wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Now in his fourth year, is Agholor set to be as productive as ever?
Last season Agholor bounced back from what was a very underwhelming first two years in the league. He managed to catch 68 passes for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. In the Super Bowl he caught nine passes for 84 yards as well.
Agholor mainly worked out of the slot and became one of the league’s best slot receivers. The Eagles were finally able to get the best out of him and use his skill set to their advantage. We saw the Eagles move him around in the playoffs and going forward it looks like the Eagles will use that strategy more this upcoming season. Talking to the media, offensive coordinator Mike Groh said Agholor will be moved out of the slot.
“I think we’ll move him around, particularly as you get into game planning,” said Groh. “Right now, we’re installing. We’re throwing everything in right now. And then we start boiling it down as we get closer to playing games and we’re trying to figure out what everybody does really well. So, as you start moving guys around a ton, it disrupts the rhythm a little bit for them. But once we get the offense in, we’ll be able to do some more from a game plan standpoint.”
Obviously, Agholor isn’t going to be moved around too often, but it’s telling that the Eagles want to get him more involved. Moving forward, he’s going to be a focal point in their offense.
Thus far in training camp not only does Agholor show no signs of slowing down, he actually looks better than before.
Nelson Agholor has looked especially fast in camp. Not that he was slow before but just even faster. Not worried about regression. #Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 28, 2018
It’s been a great training camp for him this far. He’s demonstrated that he can carry a big workload and he’s been burning the likes of safety Malcolm Jenkins and the Eagles starting cornerbacks while doing so. However, it’s not just his speed and route running that makes him dangerous, he’s became a very good pass catcher as well.
Nelson Agholor has the best hands on the team. Just held onto a ball despite very tough coverage #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) July 28, 2018
In just a two year window, Agholor has went from bust to arguably the Eagles best weapon on offense. He can catch the ball in traffic, break ankles with his route running and break away from any defender with the ball in his hands. He’s had a huge turn around and is now ready to take over the league.
In a positive situation, Agholor is thriving and will continue to thrive. This year, Agholor is going to set the league on fire and it will be his best yet to come.
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