Agholor hopes he can put ob­ser­va­tions into prac­tice

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

From his perch on the side­line Mon­day, Nel­son Agholor took ad­van­tage of the out­side­look­ing-in view.

Agholor, scratched af­ter start­ing the first 10 games at wide re­ceiver, scru­ti­nized the Philly of­fense, which didn’t take long as the Ea­gles weren’t on the field much of the night.

Then he took what the game gave him, and watched the wide re­ceiver play … of the Pack­ers.

“I got to watch Da­vante Adams, Ran­dall Cobb and how the Pack­ers did some stuff,” Agholor said. “I watched our guys and how they were able to do some stuff. I just watched the game.”

Adams had two touch­downs and ba­si­cally was un­stop­pable. Ob­vi­ously it helped to have Aaron Rodgers launch­ing the foot­ball.

Agholor won’t be watch­ing Sun­day when the Ea­gles op­pose the Ben­gals in Cincin­nati. At least he bet­ter not. Mul­ti­ple sources say he will play. Head coach Doug Ped­er­son could con­firm it as early as Fri­day.

Agholor, with at least a sense of what’s ahead, han­dled him­self well in a slightly awk­ward po­si­tion Thurs­day.

“I think Coach Ped­er­son knows or he’ll con­tinue to eval­u­ate me as prac­tice goes on and then make a de­ci­sion,” Agholor said of his sta­tus. “But it’s my job to make sure that I do my job and look the part so he can, you know, let me play.”

It’s safe to say Agholor passed the locker room test. Ev­ery an­swer was firm and unas­sum­ing. It’s the test he failed two Sun­days ago in Seat­tle, the site of pos­si­bly his worst game in the NFL. Agholor’s eyes lit up when asked about the Ben­gals (3-7-1), who have 11 in­ter­cep­tions, third-most in the league. Dre Kirk­patrick leads the squad with three. Safety Ge­orge Iloka has two.

“I’m fa­mil­iar with their nickel back, Josh Shaw,” Agholor said. “We played to­gether at USC. Ob­vi­ously I’m very fa­mil­iar with (Adam) “Pac Man” Jones, in terms of just watch­ing him. He’s a very com­pet­i­tive cor­ner. And I think the other cor­ner, Kirk­patrick (6-2, 186), is a good player. Has great length. At the end of the day I think it’s go­ing to be a great test for us, an op­por­tu­nity for us to com­pete at a high level ver­sus a sec­ondary that I def­i­nitely re­spect.”

No one would be sur­prised if the Ea­gles kept five wide re­ceivers ac­tive, in­clud­ing rookie Paul Turner.

If Agholor can trans­late what Adams did, the Ea­gles will be in pretty good shape.

“He com­peted,” Agholor said. “He com­peted for ev­ery ball. He was hav­ing fun, too. He had a great night Mon­day night.”

••• Ea­gles re­ceiver Jor­dan Matthews (an­kle) re­turned to prac­tice on a lim­ited ba­sis Thurs­day. He ex­pects to play Sun­day.

Run­ning back Ryan Mathews and of­fen­sive tackle Hal Vaitai sat out an­other prac­tice with MCL sprains. They’re likely to be scratched Sun­day.

••• As for shoe news ... this is the week Mal­colm Jenkins has been wait­ing for.

Jenkins’ cleats are let­tered with “The Mal­colm Jenkins Foun­da­tion,” which sup­ports sev­eral ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial in­jus­tices.

Jenkins ar­ranged the project through the league.

“You saw kind of a few years ago and last year again where play­ers wanted to be able to sup­port breast cancer longer than just the month,” Jenkins said. “And now play­ers’ cleats have be­come, like a big thing. It gives guys an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote some­thing good. I think it’s just a cool way to let play­ers ex­press them­selves.”

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