Jordan Matthews just talks sometimes.
And when he told reporters that his teammate Nelson Agholor bought his own JUGS machine, (a machine that throws balls that wide receivers train with in practice) Agholor got a little bashful.
“The reason why I don’t talk about my stuff is because it needs to be seen at the end of the day,” Agholor, Philly’s 2015first round pick, said.”For me, I’ve been using a JUGS machine all my life. I still use it at the facility and I use it at home.”
Agholor doesn’t want to get into specifics. He wants to perform well on the field.
That’s why the receiver, who caught just 23 passes for 253 yards last year, is putting his head down and going to work. He wants to be much, much better in 2016.
“I did not take advantage of a great opportunity but that’s what I must do this year,” the 23-year-old second-year man from USC said.”I am still in a position to take advantage of a great opportunity and that’s what I will do.”
Under the supervision of receivers coach Greg Lewis, a former Eagle, Agholor has been paying close attention to the little things. Like route running, or making sure he goes as hard as he can every rep (he routinely will run for the end zone in practice after ever catch, regardless of the situation).
“One thingthat’s good about this offense is I have a great coach who was a great route runner before me,” Agholor said.”He can coach me and help me get more consistent.
“He talks every day about the little details and when he tells you something he tells you from experience, it’s not just from watching tape.”
In an age where rookie receivers are expected to surpass 1,000 yards right out of college, Agholor took a step back in 2015. But a big jump forward wouldn’t be unprecedented. He has the chance to be the No. 2 guy behind Matthews, and — hopefully — follow in some big footsteps.
“I study past receivers how they did in their first year,” Agholor said, with a smile and seeming relaxed at his locker after OTAs Tuesday.”Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, they accepted a challenge and they got better. Reggie got better in year two. I’ve all aboutthose guys. Demarius Thomas and those types of people,they all got better in year two, that’s what I have to do.”