Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor is entering his fifth NFL season, all of which have come as a member of the Eagles.
At 6-foot-0 and 198 pounds, Agholor has developed into one of Philadelphia’s most consistent threats in the passing game over the last couple of years, and he is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 64 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns.
However, with the additions of veteran DeSean Jackson and rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Agholor’s role heading into 2019 has been obscured a bit, and there was even some talk he could be traded.
But, Agholor is still on the roster, so here is a training camp preview for the 26-year-old.
The Eagles selected Agholor, who played his collegiate football at the University of Southern California, was originally selected by Philly in the first round (20th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
His NFL career actually got off to a slow start, he logged just 23 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown during his rookie campaign and then caught 36 passes for 365 yards and a couple of scores in 2016, but in 2017, Agholor broke out, snaring 62 balls for 768 yards while reaching the end zone eight times and helping the Eagles win their first ever Super Bowl title.
While Agholor may never be a stud, he has certainly turned into a fine wide out, and he has also played in all 16 games in each of the last two seasons, so he has remained healthy.
Again, with the Eagles deciding to bring Jackson and Arcega-Whiteside into a receiving corps that already included Alshon Jeffery in addition to Agholor, Agholor’s role may be a bit subdued this coming season.
That’s not to say that he will be a forgotten man, but the chances of Agholor catching 60 balls for the third straight year seem pretty slim, as he will likely be the team’s No. 3 wide out behind Jeffery and Jackson.
Still, Agholor will remain an important component of the Eagles’ passing game, as he is a reliable, sure-handed receiver who can serve as somewhat of a security blanket for Carson Wentz on third downs.
We can probably expect Agholor to catch around 40-50 passes on the year, as Jeffery and Jackson (not to mention tight end Zach Ertz) will surely be Wentz’s top targets so long as they stay healthy.
It is a bit unfortunate for Agholor as far as his numbers go, as he was really just developing into a fine No. 2 receiver, but the Eagles understandably wanted some more depth and some more explosiveness, so they went out and brought Jackson back into the fold as well as using a second-round pick on Arcega-Whiteside, who could serve as a big red zone target with his 6-foot-3 frame.
All of that being said, the more reliable receivers you have, the better, and with Jeffery, Jackson and Agholor, the Eagles have at least three of them, and Agholor may very well be the most dependable of the bunch as far as making catches.
Think of 500-600 yards for about five touchdowns for Agholor in 2019.