The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t lose to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 just because Nelson Agholor failed to catch a deep ball thrown by Carson Wentz.
That situation would more accurately describe the Eagles’ Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Still, the following failed completion serves as a real bad lasting memory from the Eagles’ loss to their NFC East rivals:
One more time...WTH!?!?!?? pic.twitter.com/AYJjeQ84RH— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) October 21, 2019
I didn’t think the broadcast angle did Agholor any favors on this replay. As it turns out, though, the All-22 version is even worse:
Coaches Film on the infamous Agholor play...it was an easier catch to make than we thought!!! pic.twitter.com/prViQQu28M— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) October 22, 2019
I don’t believe Agholor to be a low effort player but the alligator arms here are just not a good look. Agholor’s deep ball tracking ability is also an obvious problem:
According to PFF, Nelson Agholor has caught the lowest percentage of catchable deep balls out of any wide receiver in the league (20%). Free agent after 2019.— Cody Swartz (@cbswartz5) October 21, 2019
The Eagles are paying Agholor $9.4 million this season, which ranks 26th most among NFL wide receivers on a per-year basis. He’s not even coming close to justifying that price tag.
Eagles WRs by PFF grade— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 22, 2019
Alshon Jeffery - 35th out of 184
Nelson Agholor - 160th out of 184
Mack Hollins - 166th out of 184
JJ Arcega-Whiteside 182nd out of 184
It really looked like Agholor was about to turn the corner after such a promising 2017 season. He had a really good 2018 offseason and it seemed like he was poised to take another step forward.
That didn’t happen. Instead, 2017 is looking more and more like the aberration in Agholor’s career.
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS RANKINGS
2019: 95th out of 98
2018: 74th out of 108
2017: 35th out of 107
2016: 103rd out of 104
2015: 101st out of 101
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS RANKINGS
2019: 65th out of 67
2018: 78th out of 84
2017: 32nd out of 86
2016: 88th out of 94
2015: 83rd out of 88
Unless Howie Roseman makes a trade (Adam Schefter did say Philly’s in the market for a wide receiver) or promote Greg Ward from the practice squad and suddenly give him a big role (unlikely), the Eagles are stuck hoping Agholor can turn it around.
It’s not easy to feel super confident.