Does Nelson Agholor Have Enough Talent To Play Outside Receiver?
In 2017, Nelson Agholor had his breakout season and thrived as the Eagles Slot Receiver compiling 62 Catches and Eight Receiving Touchdowns along with 15 Catches in the team's three postseason games. After struggling to find consistency as a Receiver during his first two seasons in the NFL, Agholor has developed into a intricate part of the Eagles offense as the team has asked more of him in 2018 with Alshon Jeffrey, Mike Wallace, and Mack Hollins out with injuries. During his final two season playing at USC, Agholor was primarily an Outside Receiver tallying 18 Touchdown Catches in 17 Games while finishing in the top 5 among PAC-12 players in Receptions, Receiving Yards, and Receiving Touchdowns during the 2014 College Football season.
8-Year Eagles Wide Receiver Jason Avant joined Mike Gill on Thursday discussing Nelson Agholor as an Outside Receiver compared to being a Slot Receiver:
"He definitely has enough talent because he’s faster than most anyway inside or outside. He’s great after the catch, he’s been catching the ball consistently - It was just a confidence thing being from California coming to Philadelphia learning how to deal with the different type of people, the different types of fans, all those things. Those first couple of years being criticized, you don’t deal with that when you are in California or you’re from Tampa Bay playing out at USC, so I think that contributes to some things. But also, him moving to the inside was great because it gave him the confidence that he was playing against lesser players and it’s also a different catch on the inside. It’s a shorter throw, you are usually right in the middle of the field, it’s the same angles all the time. Outside is going to be a bunch of different angles that you catch the ball from. - It actually may be more advantageous for the team if he goes back outside because I don’t think that Jordan Matthews would get open the same way as Nelson outside.”
Checkout what Avant had to say about Jordan Matthews relationship with Carson Wentz, perspective on Eagles 2018 Wide Receivers, and more