Nelson Agholor has to show who he is going to be at this level

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After a disappointing 2016 season that created doubts about his ability to fulfill the expectations that came with being the team’s first-round pick in 2015, Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor’s offseason work has gotten a lot of attention.

Agholor has been charting dropped passes in practice in hopes of eliminating them from his game and got good reviews for his work from head coach Doug Pederson. Quarterback Carson Wentz added last week that Agholor “might have gotten quicker and more explosive” since the end of last season to keep things pointing in the right direction.

The Eagles’ new wide receivers coach Mike Groh believes that Agholor, who got extra chances while Jordan Matthews dealt with knee trouble, has the talent necessary to succeed in the NFL, but knows that offseason work doesn’t always transfer to the field come September. That’s why Groh says this season is a crucial one for Agholor to show what kind of player he will be.

“I think that two years is a fair timeline,” Groh said, via Philly.com. “I used to hear Coach [Bill] Parcells talk about it all the time — by the third year, a guy ought to tell you who he’s exactly going to be at this level. Nelson is going into his third year, but a number of guys going into their third year — that’s where they really show who they’re going to be.”

With Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery joining the team and Matthews expected to be healthy for camp, Agholor is going to have to continue to impress through the summer to get a healthy number of snaps come the regular season. If he can’t, the answer to Groh’s question about who Agholor is going to be for the Eagles probably won’t be a positive one.

11 responses to “Nelson Agholor has to show who he is going to be at this level

  1. As a close friend of the organization it is understood that the FO really wants Nelly Agholor to pan out into an everyday pro so they can “slot” him into the lineup, not next season, but the following season.

  2. If Agholor wasn’t a first round pick, he’d be at risk of being cut, and he certainly wouldn’t be getting much playing time.
    The Eagles should trade him for a ham sandwich, to save paying him his guaranteed salary.

  3. he’s been a stiff since the cheerleaders incident

    too soft for phila

    he should start hanging out with maikel franco and odubel herrera. they are a lot alike. all mentally soft.

  4. As part silent owner of numerous NFL Teams including The Eagles (which I am allowed under special exceptions) this will be a very good year for Nelson Agholar.
    The Eagles will be a much better team and my net worth will grow accordingly.

  5. I’ve been down on Agholor, too.

    But hey…remember when everyone, and I mean *everyone,* would tell you that even most talented WRs don’t really get a feel for the NFL until year 3? Not OBJ produced at all-pro levels in his rookie year did we abandoned the “3rd year rule.”

    It’s Agholor’s 3rd year. They can’t cut him due to the cap hit. And with Alshon and Smith in front of him, and Hollins and Gibson behind him, it doesn’t hurt one bit to give him another shot.

  6. Hasn’t he already showed us who he is at this level? Just because you didn’t like the answer doesn’t mean it we didn’t see it.

  7. rjth2012 says:
    Jun 19, 2017 11:23 AM

    As part silent owner of numerous NFL Teams including The Eagles (which I am allowed under special exceptions) this will be a very good year for Nelson Agholar.
    The Eagles will be a much better team and my net worth will grow accordingly.

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    “special exceptions” aka madden 17

  8. rjth2012 says:
    Jun 19, 2017 11:23 AM

    As part silent owner of numerous NFL Teams including The Eagles (which I am allowed under special exceptions) this will be a very good year for Nelson Agholar.
    The Eagles will be a much better team and my net worth will grow accordingly.

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    philadelphia eagles minority owners:
    – christina lurie
    – richard green
    – mike michelsen
    – private equity firm KKR

    christina, are you rjth2012?

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