Agholor hopes he can put observations into practice
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.”