Nelson Agholor not motivated to face Eagles in joint practice, excited for opportunity with Patriots

Nelson Agholor was more than appreciative of his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. An integral part of the Super Bowl LII championship team, Agholor experienced the best and worst during his time in Philadelphia. 

That’s all in the past for the wide receiver that is tied with Terrell Owens for the franchise record for catches in a Super Bowl (nine), delivering an incredible performance on the game’s biggest stage. Agholor resurrected his career with the Las Vegas Raiders and has an incredible opportunity to become the No. 1 wide receiver with the New England Patriots. 

Returning to the NovaCare Complex is nice, but this is a business trip. 

“I was focused on practice, so I didn’t really get deep into that. I don’t think I really will,” Agholor said to reporters at the conclusion of the Patriots’ joint training camp practice with the Eagles on Monday. “But I do love the fact I’m seeing so many special people (in Philadelphia). Teammates I played with, coaches, you guys (media). This is a special place.

“After the practice I was able to show love and receive love from special people.” 

Agholor’s career with the Eagles was one of the most interesting in recent franchise history. A 2015 first-round pick, Agholor averaged 44.8 catches, 503 yards, and 11.2 yards per catch in five seasons in Philadelphia. Agholor’s best season came in 2017, when he finished with 62 catches for 768 yards and eight touchdowns in helping the Eagles win their first Super Bowl championship, catching a career-high nine passes in Super Bowl LII (Agholor doesn’t have a game with nine catches in the regular season). 

Agholor dropped crucial passes, was benched for performance, and lacked confidence throughout his tenure in Philadelphia. He has no regrets on how his tenure ended, when he finished with just 21 catches for 195 yards and no touchdowns in his final eight games with the Eagles — hindered by a knee injury that plagued his 2019 season.

“I don’t think anything in my life was a mistake, so there is no ‘what ifs,'” Agholor said. “It’s all a part of whatever was for me. I’m super happy with the opportunity with what I have in front of me, to be a Patriot.”  

Agholor revitalized his career in his one year in Vegas, becoming the player the Eagles thought they were getting when they drafted him. He recorded a career-high 896 yards and 18.7 yards per catch — while tying a career-high with eight touchdowns. Agholor finished second in yards per catch in the NFL, trailing only Marquez Valdes-Scantling (20.9). He had the second-longest catch in the NFL (85 yards) and finished sixth in the league in yards per target (10.9). 

“I never stopped working on my game,” Agholor said. “That’s been my goal since i came into this league, just progress. There are some things I’m gonna see on film that I’m gonna get better from. That’s what I’m proud of about myself and that’s what I’m gonna continue to stay consistent about.” 

Agholor’s time in Philadelphia isn’t one he’ll look back on this week, but he’s an important part of Eagles history — delivering the franchise a Super Bowl title. He doesn’t want to show up his old team and isn’t motivated to do so. 

This is just another practice for Agholor, who is just looking to build off his success from last year. 

“For me the cool part about it was to see with guys I played with also working on their craft and enjoying the game of football,” Agholor said. “It’s football, there are two competitive teams that are here to work on their craft and win their matchup.”

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