It was in Seattle last Nov. 20 when Nelson Agholor was at his lowest point in his NFL career. He had just gone through a miserable game where he was responsible for an illegal formation penalty, negating Zach Ertz's 57-yard touchdown catch and run. Then Agholor made a move on star Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and was wide open across the middle on a play that should have gained at least 30 yards. Agholor dropped the ball, and grabbed his helmet in frustration. After the Eagles' 26-15 loss, a despondent Agholor said: "I can’t get out of my own head. I’m pressing so much. I’m worried about so many things.” Then he added: "I let [the mistakes] just eat at me.” Agholor was benched for a game after that admission. But look at Agholor now as the Eagles (10-1) prepare to face the Seahawks (7-4) in Seattle this Sunday. Agholor, the Eagles' first-round pick in 2015, already has more receiving yards (458) than he did in any of his previous two seasons. He passed his previous season high of 365 yards in the Eagles' seventh game. He needs four more receptions to pass his career high for a season of 36. Agholor also has seven touchdowns this season after getting two in the Eagles' 31-3 romp over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. He had just 3 TDs through his first two seasons combined. "I think some of it's just him working every single day extremely hard," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "He wanted to rebound. I think it was a personal thing with him. I think he didn't want people to think that that was him, and so he worked at it." But the Eagles also eased Agholor's burden of living up to expectations for a first-round pick by signing wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith as free agents during the offseason.
How Nelson Agholor turned his Eagles' career around
Courier-Post | Nov 29