Nelson Agholor takes dedication to a whole new level

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Nelson Agholor
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Nelson Agholor /

While you all were attending cookouts and waiting to pop firecrackers, Nelson Agholor went to work.

It’s official. There can only be one explanation. Nelson Agholor had to have been cloned. Once upon a time, the man we knew as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first-round selection in 2015’s NFL Draft was seen as a bust. He couldn’t catch. It didn’t seem like he was an asset to the team. He didn’t even know how to line up prior to the snap of the ball. Fast forward to the present, and Agholor is the picture of dedication and steady play.

Throughout OTAs and minicamp, everything we’ve been hearing about Agholor would make one think some other guy showed up with the same name and jersey number. Of course we know better, but anyone who could honestly say they saw this type of wholesale change coming has to be some kind of fortune teller. Agholor is playing with a newfound confidence and passes that were being thrown in his direction are resulting in completions.

Yes, it was OTAs and minicamp, but no one is complaining.

A brief history lesson:

Every fan, supporter of the team and just about every writer who covers the Eagles was in agreement. Agholor had one foot out of the door. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith were added in free agency. Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson were added in the draft. There was just one problem with giving Mr. Agholor the pink slip.

It would cost too much to cut him.

The overpaid benchwarmer:

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With two years remaining on his current contract, he represents a cap hit of $2.5 million and $4.6 million in dead cap space for the 2017 season alone. Trading him was definitely out of the question. The rest of the NFL saw his lackluster play just like Eagles fans did. Philly appeared to be stuck with an overpaid benchwarmer.

Now, it appears Agholor may have finally turned the corner. Maybe it’s because the pressure is gone. Perhaps it’s because he’s more focused. Whatever the reason is, Eagles fans are seeing the Agholor they’ve hoped to see for the past two seasons He’s playing with confidence. There’s a dedication we’re seeing that eclipses anything that we’ve seen from him to this point.

He even put in a little work on the 4th of July (while the rest of us were taking the day off).

Take a look.

It’s hard not to feel sorry for the dog, but it’s also hard not to look at Agholor and not smile. There’s a long way to go before the 2017 season starts. What happens when the lights come on and the games count for real will tell the tale. Still, for the time being, we have to give Mr Agholor a passing grade. Who knows where this guy came from. Who knows where he’s been, but after the emotional roller coaster we’ve been on with this guy, truthfully, we don’t really care.