2019 is a big year for Nelson Agholor. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2015 first-round pick is set to be a free agent after this season. The pressure to perform is on.
It probably doesn’t hurt, then, that Agholor is preparing for the upcoming campaign by working out with Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. I think he might know a thing or two about playing the position.
So when Agholor Mosses someone this year, now you won’t be so surprised. The first video specifically shows Moss telling Agholor to box out the defender and make a catch like he’s going up for a rebound in basketball.
BGN recently profiled Agholor in our Eagles training camp preview series. Here’s a look:
There was some buzz that the Eagles were willing to trade Agholor and his $9.4 million salary earlier this offseason. There’s a non-zero chance Agholor could still get moved but, for now, he’s here.
2018 was a weird season for Agholor. Last year’s stats weren’t dramatically different from his 2017 production but he looked worse by the eye test. Will Agholor get back to looking like his 2017 self in 2019?
Maybe. But maybe Agholor’s production drops in 2019. The Eagles have loved to employ 11 personnel in the Doug Pederson era but that could (read: should) be changing somewhat. The Eagles need to get Dallas Goedert on the field more often this season. And if the Eagles are running 12 personnel more frequently, that means a receiver has to be coming off the field. That receiver isn’t going to be Jeffery nor Jackson; it’s going to be Agholor.
It’s not like the Eagles are going to phase out Agholor entirely. That’d certainly be $9.4 million not well spent. But Agholor’s projected stats for 2019 are significantly lower than his past two years. ESPN’s Mike Clay has Agholor finishing with 36 receptions for 410 yards and three touchdowns this season. That’s a steep drop from the 768 and eight Agholor had in 2017 and the 736 and four he had in 2018.
It remains to be seen how Agholor will handle a potentially decreased role as he enters a contract year.
Just how often the Eagles utilize Agholor this season is yet to be determined. What we do know is that he’s putting the work in to be ready for 2019.