Approaching the halfway point of this NFL season the Eagles are ons of the top teams in the NFC and are showing no signs of slowing down. Following a big win this past Thursday against the Carolina Panthers the Eagles stand alone in first place in the NFC. Now much can be said that a lot of the Eagles success this season can be attributed to the MVP-like play of second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, or the new additions to the team like LeGarrette Blount and Alshon Jeffery. But there is another player on this Eagles team who has finally found their stride.
Nelson Agholor was drafted 20th overall by the Eagles in 2015 after a promising three year career in college at USC. In those three season in college Agholor improved his statistics every season and finished his college career with over 2,500 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns. He also showed he could be a special teams threat with four punt return touchdowns between 2013 and 2014. Following his junior season he decided it was time to make the jump from college to the NFL.
Agholor’s journey through the NFL has been a bit of a rollercoaster. In his rookie season he played 13 games and finished the season with 23 receptions for 283 yards and one touchdown. He followed that up by playing 15 games the next season for 36 receptions, 365 yards, and two touchdowns. Not bad numbers for a young wide receiver on a team with a rookie quarterback, but Agholor consistently had one problem he couldn’t shake. In each of his first two seasons he had four drops and one fumble which did not make him a fan favorite in Philly, and the fans let him have it. Fans wanted him cut or traded and it put Nelson in a psychological funk that he couldn’t shake. But so far this season it looks like Agholor is poised to silence his doubters and prove his spot on this team.
Through the first six games of this season Agholor is already on pace to shatter his career highs. His four touchdown catches on the year have already doubled his amount for his career and his 321 yards are in the middle of his 2015 and 2016 numbers. With the Bird’s offense on a roll it’s no doubt that Agholor’s numbers are going to continue to rise. Can he gain the love from the fans back with a possible 1,000+ yards double-digit touchdown season? A fan can only hope.