Aglo­hor’s com­ments not amus­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Ex­cept for that game-break­ing touch­down catch in the opener, Ea­gles vet­eran Nel­son Agholor hasn’t done much to dis­tin­guish him­self in the wide re­ceivers room.

Sub­tract that play and the 2014 first-round draft pick out of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia has 20 re­cep­tions for 181 yards (9.0 av­er­age). Run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les is av­er­ag­ing 10.3 yards on 22 grabs.

Agholor still is bet­ter known for what he’s done off the field. In June he was ac­cused of as­sault­ing a dancer at Cheer­lead­ers Gentle­men Club in South Philly. The Dis­trict At­tor­ney de­ter­mined there wasn’t enough ev­i­dence to charge Agholor.

Fol­low­ing the Ea­gles’ 29-23 over­times loss to the Cow­boys, Agholor didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing asked about dropped passes. Some of his an­swers were graphic. Doug Ped­er­son wasn’t amused. “Well, it’s ob­vi­ously … we’re dis­ap­pointed,” Ped­er­son said. ‘I’m dis­ap­pointed in the type of com­ments. I think each in­di­vid­ual has to be re­spon­si­ble for their own job, ob­vi­ously, and we’ve got to make good, smart choices. Every­body’s mad and dis­ap­pointed

and an­gry af­ter tough losses like we just came through, and cooler heads pre­vail. We just have to bite our lips some­times and just suck it up and get to work.

“That’s what we’ve got to do this week.”

The quote sheets dis­trib­uted af­ter the game don’t do Agholor any fa­vors. He dropped a throw that hit him in the hands in­side the 10-yard line of the Cow­boys. The Ea­gles wound up kick­ing a field goal.

“I don’t give a damn, man, that (stuff) is noth­ing,” Agholor re­sponded to an in­quiry about dropped throws. “You just have to make the next one. Every­body runs routes. Some­times they are con­tested. Some­times you drop them. If you make as many as you pos­si­bly can that come your way, you’ll put your­self in a good po­si­tion. No one is per­fect. I don’t look at no drops, or that type of [stuff]. I’m tired of hear­ing that [stuff]. It’s just stupid. We play foot­ball. I dropped the first one. I didn’t drop one af­ter that. What does

it mat­ter? Be­cause if we lose, then it’s like we’ll place blame on this per­son did this. No! As a team, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to win foot­ball games and I get it. Some plays could have helped. But there are still four quar­ters of foot­ball to be played and we got to win. I don’t got time for that no more. I got time to win foot­ball games, only. No sta­tis­tics. No, who did this. Win, that’s all that mat­ters. That’s what coach staff cares about. That’s what I care about. That’s what we all care about – win­ning foot­ball games.”

Agholor had three catches worht 25 yards in his four tar­gets by quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz. Jor­dan Matthews caught a ca­reer­high 11 of 14 passes thrown him, good for just 65 yards. Matthews leads the Ea­gles with 36 re­cep­tions and four dropped passes.

Dropped passes and fum­bles by the run­ning backs have been the story of the sea­son for the of­fense. Run­ning back Wendell Small­wood’s fourthquar­ter fum­ble Sun­day helped turn the game around for the Cow­boys. who scored 16 unaswered points. He got the nod

partly be­cause run­ning back Ryan Mathews fum­bled in each of the pre­vi­ous two games.

“I think you can def­i­nitely move the dial and you can move it in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion,” Ped­er­son said. “I think you just have to con­tinue to show con­fi­dence in that player. The sec­ond you don’t I think is when bad things – more neg­a­tive things – can hap­pen that to in­di­vid­ual. Lis­ten, we go to work ev­ery sin­gle day with the guys we have and we just keep fight­ing through them. There is a lot of foot­ball left. There’s a lot of sea­son left. Just like I told the guys af­ter the [game], ‘You’re still a good foot­ball team. You’re a great foot­ball team. You proved it. You proved it again last night. You went toe-to­toe with one of the best teams in the NFL and you’ve proved that you can … You’ve just got to elim­i­nate the mis­takes; you elim­i­nate the as­sign­ment er­rors; you elim­i­nate the turnovers; make the pick when you get the op­por­tu­nity to make it – those types of things. Those things will help us win games down the stretch.

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