Doug Pederson: Competition has sharpened Nelson Agholor

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The Eagles signed a pair of wide receivers this offseason in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery and drafted two more, something they probably wouldn’t have felt the need to do if Nelson Agholor had thrived after they made him the 20th pick of the 2015 draft.

Agholor has caught 59 passes for 648 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons and went through a crisis of confidence last season that led to time on the bench along with the offseason moves to shore up the receiving corps. Those moves lessen the need to rely on Agholor, but coach Doug Pederson said this week that he thinks they’ve also pushed the wideout to be better.

“As I’ve said all along, competition, man, sharpens you,” Pederson said, via ESPN.com. “And that’s what I’ve seen from Nelson. He’s done a great job already this spring.”

Agholor switched jersey numbers since the end of last season, which makes for a nice bit of symbolism for a player who could use a fresh start in his third year. He said that he’s learned the need for “a process and continuous progression” rather than making a giant leap all at once, although a modest-sized jump would help ensure he continues the process in Philly.

15 responses to “Doug Pederson: Competition has sharpened Nelson Agholor

  1. to bad he’ll never see the field with smith on one side Alston on the other and Mathews in the slot,their prob talking him up so they can trade him

  2. How do you spell bust?

    A g h o l o r

    He may improve from horrible to pretty bad.

  3. Here’s the math at WR for the Wagles:

    Jeffrey, Matthews, Smith, the two draft picks,agholor, DGB.

    Unless one of the two draft picks falters and they decide to put him on the practice squad, there’s just no room for Agholor. They can’t keep six wideouts. Plus, he was drafted by Chip, not Howie and has under performed miserably. They likely want little to do with him,

    But with a contract that makes it absurd to cut Agholor, they’ve got to do something else: hype him and hope there’s an opening somewhere else for a trade. That’s what Pederson’s comments are all about.

  4. One of (if not the?) worst WR’s in the league last 2 years. Hard not to improve upon that, but becoming useful is another thing.

  5. There’s no room for Agholor on this team unless one of the two draft picks either breaks his leg or turns out to be an impostor at WR.

    Agholor is Chip’s pick and he has underperformed miserably on and off the field; I doubt the current regime wants any parts of him.

    However, they can’t just cut him because of the cap hit.

    It’s likely that Pederson is talking him up in the event that there’s an opening somewhere else and they can trade him.

  6. Agholor will end up having a solid NFL career somewhere, even if it isn’t in Philly. He’s exactly the kind of player that goes to New England, or another stable environment and thrives, after his original team pulled the plug too soon. I’m sure Pederson sees the talent, and doesn’t want to be another coach that gave away a good player to a championship team. I’m sure that doesn’t sit well with owners.

  7. The Eagles will end up cutting Agholor. He will then be picked up by a contending team, compete in the SB in 2018, be elected to the Pro Bowl 5 years in a row and become one of the top 5 wr’s in the league for the next 6-8 years. That’s how it rolls here in Philly!

  8. jocyn says:

    The Eagles will end up cutting Agholor. He will then be picked up by a contending team, compete in the SB in 2018, be elected to the Pro Bowl 5 years in a row and become one of the top 5 wr’s in the league for the next 6-8 years. That’s how it rolls here in Philly!
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    Oh God. That is so true. Look at Lewis and Chung. They now have rings. The Eagles? Still zilch. I hate it when they run out of patience too soon and then, the player latches on with a team that goes on to win a Super Bowl.

  9. His career stats for 2 years don’t even accumulate enough for a #2 for 1 season. 59 catches for the #20 pick?

    I hated the pick at the time. I still hate the pick now. If we hadn’t missed on so many #1s, and released/traded Lesean, Desean, and Maclin, we might be an excellent team right now.

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