Agholor Dealing with Lower-Body Injury
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Eagles slot receiver Nelson Agholor is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss the rest of minicamp.
The fifth-year pro is being held out as a precaution, however, and is not dealing with anything too serious, according to Doug Pederson.
“Quite frankly, just want to keep as much rest on him as possible right now,” the Eagles coach said Wednesday before the team’s second mandatory minicamp practice session. “He’ll be ready to go for training camp.”
In Agholor's absence, some younger players have been getting a look with the first team, including Greg Ward and Marken Michel, the brother of Patriots' star Sony Michel.
Ward, of course, has been in camp with the Eagles before and is back after spending some time in the now-defunct AAF with San Antonio.
"He's been here so he understands our offense and he played a bit in the AAF this spring," Pederson said of Ward, an ex-University of Houston quarterback who also has skills as a returner. "He came into our team really eager this spring. He came in a little bit bigger, a little bit stronger, He's a better route runner having played, having some experience and his doing a nice job for us."
Michel, a former CFL star who has a cup of coffee in Minnesota during the offseason a few years ago, was an unknown to Pederson but quickly caught the coach's eye.
"Another young explosive player that I really didn't know a whole lot about him and started getting him in the mix and working him and both those two guys in the slot," Pederson said "... they've both flashed and done a really good job. It's part of that competition and depth we talk about around here a lot. It's going to be an interesting camp with some of those decisions we have to make."
MINICAMP PRACTICE NOTES:
-An interesting drill during the individual period saw the Eagles working on ball-handling between the quarterbacks and certain receivers who might be in play to run a sweep off a shovel pass. Nelson Agholor was in the mix watching and the WRs actually running it were Greg Ward, Marken Michel, and DeAndre Thompkins.
-It was a mixed bag for Carson Wentz with some brilliant throws, including a near 50-yard bomb in which DeSean Jackson simply raced past Rasul Douglas. The best throw was a wheel route in 7-on-7 red-zone work, a perfect dime to Wendell Smallwood over the outstretched arms of Tre Sullivan on a wheel route. Wentz also victimized Sullivan again by looking off on safety and throwing a strike to Zach Ertz on a seam route.
The bad was Avonte Maddox undercutting Michel in the slot for an interception and Andrew Sendejo showing off his ball skills with a pick when Wents rolled right and threw the football late.
-Nate Sudfeld struggled today and held onto the football far too long on a number of occasions. During 7-on-7 with the offense backed up on the goal line, Sudfeld held on so long that Doug Pederson blew the whistle to call safety for the defense.
-DeSean Jackson had an uncharacteristic drop at one point and did a few push-ups to punish himself.
-Running back Boston Scott drew some oohs and ahhs from his teammates with a jump cut up the middle that broke some ankles.
-Michel had what would have been a 90-plus yard TD when the offense was backed up, splitting the defense after catching the football and showing off some of the explosiveness Pederson talked about.
-The Eagles ended practice by working on Hail Marys. Pederson really emphasizes situation football and tries to make sure everything gets addressed at some point. Things closed with an INT of Sudfeld.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen