During the 2017 NFL preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles traded away top receiver Jordan Matthews in a move that showed the team’s renewed faith in former first round selection Nelson Agholor. After two tough seasons to begin his professional career, the Eagles maintained that Agholor could be a good receiver and it now appears the team will be rewarded for their patience.
In week one against a Washington Redskins secondary with plenty of talent, Agholor has perhaps his best game in the NFL to date. With six receptions for 86 yards and touchdown, Agholor finally looks like he is on the track to stardom. Carson Wentz is clearly comfortable looking Agholor’s way, and with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith around to take away some defensive attention, we could see a huge uptick in the third-year man’s production.
It’s not as if Agholor hasn’t had the talent to succeed in the NFL. A solid route-runner that was thought to have fairly dependable hands coming out of USC, Agholor’s biggest struggles in his first two campaigns were mental. He struggled with the pressure of being an underwhelming first round pick and before long he was overthinking every simple thing and struggling to find playing time. Luckily, that appears to be behind him now, and that’s good news for both him and the entire Eagles offense.
All in all, Nelson Agholor finally looks like he could avoid being labeled a “draft bust” after all. It seems unlikely he will ever be a true No. 1 option, but with a solid offseason and week one behind him, it looks like Agholor is about to enjoy his best professional season.