Adding a class person and a former Super Bowl winning wide receiver in Torrey Smith also aided Nelson in rebuilding his confidence level.
Swings of confidence in the NFL is not uncommon but perhaps most notable at receiver because they are asked mostly to catch a football.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Josh Huff, and Paul Turner along with Nelson were basically the group. Or possibly to guide him after a drop or two in the game. I wondered if he would ever flash like he did in his two years as a starter at USC.
The first three names on the list are no longer in the NFL. I saw him in training camp in 2016 and he had no swagger. While studying him in the early spring of 2015, there was so much good tape of him as a wide receiver and as a returner; both as a punt returner and as a kickoff returner.
When Doug Pederson was hired I January of 2016 they cobbled the wide receiver position together with a novice NFL wide receiver coach in Greg Lewis.
The wide receiver room was under led without any true experienced player.
The one constant was his “after the catch” moves and acceleration.
He was truly gifted and scouts were unanimous that he was a first round talent. For starters bringing in new wide receivers coach Mike Groh has really helped.
When the Eagles selected him with the 20th pick no one thought that was out of line of that he was over drafted. Mike is the son of longtime NFL coach, Al Groh who was on many Bill Parcells staffs and eventually became a very successful college coach at his alma mater, UVa.
Mike also played there as a quarterback and eventually worked himself into a very successful wide receiver coach in the NFL.
Where would the Eagles be in 2017 without Nelson Agholor? ’ Afterall, he struggled mightily through his first two seasons after being a high first round pick in 2015. Heck, he didn’t have confidence at one point in the 2016 season and was sat down for a game in 2016. As the 20th pick in the NFL draft of 2015 he was much heralded coming out of USC.
Dare I say that they might not be 5-1 going into this Monday Night Football rematch with the Washington Redskins? Chip Kelly was looking for a true #1 wide receiver as they opted to let Jeremy Maclin go in free agency.
In 1977 he was moved to defensive tackle where he became a unanimous first ballot Hall of Famer.