Nelson Agholor

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Nelson Agholor
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Agholor in 2017
No. 15 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-05-24) May 24, 1993 (age 27)
Lagos, Nigeria
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Berkeley Preparatory School
(Tampa, Florida)
College:USC
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2020
Receptions:248
Receiving yards:2,958
Total touchdowns:24
Player stats at NFL.com

Nelson Efamehule Agholor (born May 24, 1993) is a Nigerian-American professional American football wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC, was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. With Philadelphia, he won Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Agholor moved to the United States when he was five years old.[1] He attended Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida where he played running back, wide receiver, and defensive back for the Berkeley Buccaneers. He was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the third best wide receiver in his class.[2] He committed to the University of Southern California in January 2012 over Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, and Alabama.[3]

College career[edit]

Agholor playing for USC against the Utah Utes in 2013

As a true freshman in 2012, Agholor played in all 13 games as a backup wide receiver and recorded 19 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns.[4]

As a sophomore in 2013, he became a starter.[5] Agholor started all 14 games, totaling 56 receptions, 918 yards, and six touchdowns as a receiver.[6] Along with being the leading receiver, Agholor returned punts and kicks for the Trojans. He returned 18 punts for 343 yards and two touchdowns, and 10 kickoffs for 175 yards. Agholor was recognized as a second-team All-American by numerous sports outlets for his punt returning. Agholor returned as a starter his junior season in 2014. He led the team with 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns.[7]

After his junior season, Agholor decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2015 NFL Draft.[8][9]

Statistics[edit]

Career statistics Receiving Punt Return Kick Return
Season REC YDS AVG LNG TD PR YDS AVG TD KR YDS AVG TD
2012 19 340 17.9 76 2 0 0 0.0 0 5 121 24.2 0
2013 56 918 16.4 62 6 17 351 20.6 2 10 175 17.5 0
2014 104 1,313 12.6 87 12 20 197 9.9 2 9 147 16.3 0
Career 179 2,571 14.4 87 20 37 548 14.8 4 24 443 18.5 0

[10][11]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0 18 in
(1.83 m)
198 lb
(90 kg)
32 14 in
(0.82 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.42 s 1.59 s 2.59 s 4.34 s 6.83 s 36 12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
12 reps
All values from NFL Combine and USC Pro Day

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Agholor was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round with the 20th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.[12] He signed a four-year contract on May 7, 2015, worth around $9.4 million with a signing bonus of $5.1 million.[13]

2015[edit]

On December 13, 2015, Agholor scored his first NFL career touchdown, a 53-yard reception from quarterback Sam Bradford, in a matchup against the Buffalo Bills.[14] During his rookie season in 2015, Agholor played 13 games with 283 receiving yards and a touchdown.

2016[edit]

During his second season in 2016, Agholor played 15 games with 365 receiving yards and two touchdowns.[15]

2017[edit]

Agholor breaking a tackle before scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in 2017

On March 13, 2017, it was reported that Agholor would switch from the #17, which he wore in his first two seasons, to the #13. He opted to give the #17 to newly acquired free agent wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.[16]

During the 2017 season, Agholor found more success when he was switched to a slot receiver role. On September 10, 2017, in the season opening 30–17 victory over the Washington Redskins, Agholor had a 58-yard receiving touchdown from quarterback Carson Wentz in the first quarter. He finished the game with six receptions for 86 yards.[17] On September 17, in a Week 2 27–20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he recorded his second touchdown of the season late in the fourth quarter to cut into the Chiefs' lead.[18] He would end the 2017 regular season with his best season yet, getting more receiving yards and touchdowns than his previous two seasons combined.

During Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, Agholor finished with nine receptions for 84 receiving yards as the Eagles won 41–33, earning their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.[19]

2018[edit]

On April 30, 2018, the Eagles exercised the fifth-year option on Agholor's contract in order to retain him for the 2019 season.[20]

In the 2018 season opener, against the Atlanta Falcons, Agholor completed his first career NFL pass attempt to Nick Foles on a trick play that went for 15 yards. The play helped set up an eventual Jay Ajayi-rushing touchdown in the Eagles' 18–12 victory.[21] In the next game, he scored his first receiving touchdown of the 2018 season as part of an eight-reception, 88-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[22] He put his best statistical performance of the season in the Week 16 32–30 victory over the Houston Texans with five receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.[23] Overall, in the 2018 season, he finished with 64 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns.[24]

2019[edit]

In Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, Agholor caught eight passes for 107 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season. However, with his team down late in the fourth quarter, he dropped a wide-open pass that could have led to the go-ahead score after losing it in the lights of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Eagles lost the game 24–20 as a result.[25] In Week 3 against the Detroit Lions, Agholor caught eight passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles lost 27–24.[26] Overall, Agholor finished the 2019 season with 39 receptions for 363 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.[27]

Las Vegas Raiders[edit]

On March 25, 2020, Agholor signed a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.[28]

Agholor made his debut with the Raiders in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. During the game, Agholor caught one pass for a 23 yard touchdown in the 34–30 win.[29] In Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Agholor caught two passes for 67 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown reception, as the Raiders won 40–32.[30] In Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had five receptions for 107 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 45–20 loss.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2015 PHI 13 12 23 283 12.3 53 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2016 PHI 15 14 36 365 10.1 40 2 5 14 2.8 5 0 1 0
2017 PHI 16 10 62 768 12.4 72 8 1 7 7 7 0 0 0
2018 PHI 16 16 64 736 11.5 83T 4 3 32 10.7 16 0 1 0
2019 PHI 11 11 39 363 9.3 43 3 2 7 3.5 16 0 2 1
2020 LV 10 10 24 443 18.4 59 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 81 73 248 2,958 11.9 83 24 11 60 5.5 16 0 6 2

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2017 PHI 3 3 15 167 11.1 42 0 4 29 7.3 21 0 0 0
2018 PHI 2 2 4 38 9.5 13 0 1 12 12 12 0 0 0
Total 5 5 19 205 10.8 42 0 5 41 8.2 21 0 0 0

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Grotz, Bob. "For Nigeria native Agholor, Eagles' path an exciting one". The Delaware County Daily Times. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
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